Best Basement Cleanout TipsIf you’ve done a garage workshop conversion or just gave thought to transforming that dank basement into something awesome, you should first know what to expect. This doesn’t mean the work ahead, but rather, the return-on -investment. In the vast majority of cases, a basement conversion will bring a solid return in more than one way. Of course, there’s the monetary return but also, the enjoyment of the new space.
The first step to a de-cluttered basement: Stop using it as a way to avoid making decisions! Next time you head down the stairs, ask yourself why you’re holding onto the thing you’re carrying—read: old vacuum cleaner, shoe box, or never-played with toys. Once you ask, you’ll often find there really no reason to keep the item at all. That’s when it’s time to find a better home for it—donate it, give it to a friend, or trash it. But keep it out of your basement. —Today.comSo, do a little research to find nearby homes that have sold in the past few months. Look for properties with what you want in your own house. For instance, if you want to rework the space to accommodate laundry and storage, look for recently sold homes with the same amenities. Or, if you want to finish it, then look for recently sold homes with those same amenities. Now, here are some helpful basement cleanout tips you can use:
- Clear a clutter-free walking path. If you do not have a walkout basement, you’ll need to do yourself a huge favor and clear a walking path from the steps to the front or back door. Basically, you need to have a clutter-free walking path so you can work without tripping or negotiating obstacles.
- Organize everything into three piles. As you bring items out of the basement, place them into one of three piles: stuff to keep, items to donate, give away or sell, and junk to throw out. You’ll probably be surprised about how much stuff you’ve accumulated and if you do an earnest purge, you’ll free up a remarkable amount of space.
- Junk anything that’s no longer necessary. Once you have your three piles completed after the basement is empty, be ruthless and get rid of as much as possible. Anything you haven’t used in several weeks, many months, or even years is a prime junk candidate.
- Neatly organize what’s staying in the space. Now that you’ve done an all-out purge, you’ll have less stuff to store. But that doesn’t mean just piling it in a corner. Take the time to neatly organize what you’re keeping and you’ll have more room to enjoy.