*Great organizing list resource from 2015.
In yesterdays post, “Clutter Is Alive and Well and Hiding In Your Home,” I took you on a personal tour of some of the clutter catchers in my basement. It’s so much easier to show you the things we all may have issues with than to show you a perfectly clean and organized basement that already has the work done. It’s nice to bounce ideas off of each other and also to see that most of us are in the same boat with our day to day battle with clutter.
In today’s post I’m going to finish up with the basement by letting you know what you should and should not store down there. This will help you clear out some of the clutter that you may have in your closets, cabinets, and main living spaces.
DIY Organizer Series: Basement Storage
This list is referring to a finished basement with climate controlled storage. At then end I will address an unfinished basement with no climate control.
Yes You Can Store
1.) Seasonal Decor, Holiday decorations, yard ornaments, Patio furniture
2.) Touch Up Paint and Project Paint (not near a hear source).
3.) Party Supplies~plates, napkins, plastic ware, decorations etc.
4.) Kitchen Supplies~pots and pans, serving dishes and plates, seasonal dishes, etc.
6.) Hiking gear, camping gear, skiing gear, extra backpacks, sporting gear and hunting gear.
7.) Extra coats and winter gear (seasonal clothing)
8.) Extra cords, electronic supplies
9.) Board Games, Craft Items
10.) Product Boxes you may need for exchange
11.) Properly stowed or archived photos and memorabilia
12.) Rugs (covered)
13.) Mattress (covered)
14 .) Stuffed animals in plastic bins
15.) Important but not vital paperwork. Important can be considered tax filings, bank statements, etc. Vital documents should be kept in a file or safe and easily removable in case of fire.
16.) Candles, but they should be individually wrapped.
No You Can’t Store
NEVER store the following items in an unfinished non climate controlled basement:
1.) Delicate fabrics~ due to water, mice, insect damage, and moth infestation.
2.) Rugs, mattresses, stuffed animals, natural wood products.
3.) Papers, newspapers, books, bills, vital documents or important papers
6.) Photos, Photo albums, scrapbooks and memorabilia
7.) Some dolls especially the ones that have gel in them or that are soft.
9.) Musical instruments
10.) Cardboard boxes of anything
11.) Natural wood items
13.) Seasonal clothes, coats, linens, etc.
14.) Party supplies and decor
16.) Artwork or home decor
**Nothing should be kept on the floor and everything should be in airtight containers. If the basement is at all damp even things that are tightly sealed can mildew over time. Nothing flammables should be stored near a heat source. Basically store nothing that could get moldy, mildew, or melt.
If you are doing a complete overhaul of your basement here is a great post you can follow by Home Storage Solutions I love the way they discuss organizing your basement in zones which is exactly what I do. This will help you know what you have and what condition it’s in.