Having extra storage space in your basement can be a game-changer for the rest of your home. While the extra space is great for storing just about everything, if not properly organized, your basement can turn into a giant junk closet. Whether it’s creatively hiding your storage or organizing it out in the open, your storage can be safely stowed away. Stop blindly throwing items down there and losing them to the ever-growing pile of castaways. Instead, use these basement storage solutions to help you sort out your basement. Who knows, you might end up having enough space to use your basement for something else in addition to storage!
Before you begin, you need to have a plan in place. You can’t walk into a sea of old clothes, sporting equipment, and who-knows-what-else with some bins and expect your basement to organize itself. Instead, you will need to have some idea of what the purpose of your basement is and what you’re looking to store in it. Do you need extra room for kids’ toys or are you looking to create a work-space for yourself? Both of these purposes have different storage needs. Having a plan in mind will make things much easier once you start to organize your basement.
Once you have a plan in mind, it’s time to start sorting. Take the time now to go through all of the items in your basement and decide if you really need to be housing that broken vacuum cleaner from 5 years ago alongside your skis. Make three piles for your items: keep, donate and junk. Only keep the items you actually need or use. Donate items that are still in good condition. For everything else that is just taking up space, enlist the help of junk removal company. With a properly sorted basement and a plan in mind, you’re ready to start organizing your basement.
Under the Stairs
From a few cubbies to an entire shelving system, there’s a lot that can be done with the space under your stairs. To take full advantage of this space you can either go with store-bought containers or enlist the help of a pro. Consult with a closet & storage solution company to make use of every inch of extra space.
Some homeowners have gotten really creative with this space and have had cabinets and drawers built into their space under the stairs. If you want something special for your storage, connect with a pro who can design custom cabinetry for your space.
Under the stairs is a great place to store just about anything. From your kids’ toys to out of season clothing, almost anything can go in this clever storage spot. Of course, not all homes are built the same and this might not be an option for you. If the space under your stairs is unusable, there are plenty of other options to try.
Wall of Shelves
If you have the space for it, try converting one of your basement walls into a storage zone made up of shelves. To keep things organized, try using clear containers so you can see what’s inside. If you want to take things a step further, you can label the boxes so you know exactly where your items are. Again, you can have something custom designed by a closet & storage expert or go with a store bought system and have a handyman install it for you.
Since shelves are so versatile, you can use them to store just about anything. From hobby supplies to canned goods, the addition of shelves in your basement will instantly make it look more organized. Even if you don’t plan on showing off your storage system, you’ll feel more organized coming down and knowing where everything is.
If you’re looking for an option that lets you use your basement for entertaining as well as storage, built-ins are a great choice. Beautifully conceal your mess or show off your prized items, the choice is up to you as built-ins are usually a custom design project. By having something custom built to fit your space, you can get the exact amount and type of storage you’re looking for.
Most built-in storage systems are centred around the t.v., making them a great option for a basement rec room or family room. Whatever you decide to use the space for, the most important thing is that you will be able to store your items in your built-ins. Speak with a cabinetry expert who can design something perfect for your space.
Now that you have some basement storage inspiration, all that’s left is to get to work. Set aside a weekend to undertake this project and you’ll be enjoying a neatly organized basement in no time!
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Article Updated June 2022