The Big Basement Clean Out
As you can imagine, this homeowner was overwhelmed every time she stepped into her basement. It had become the dumping ground for everything the family didn’t know what to do with. But it’s also home to all of their holiday decorations and memorabilia. Eventually, they want to finish the basement so they were ready to purge. And purge we did! Once we had space to work in, we built several free-standing shelving units and put all of their precious memories and decorations in labeled plastic bins. Now when they draw up plans to finish the space, they know exactly what and how much they need to store.
Organized Crawl Space
Sometimes my job leads me to the most glamorous places…like crawl spaces. 🙂 Actually, this was a fun job. 1) because I didn’t run across any spiders. And 2) because organizing this space transformed this Denver mom’s storage area. Because the family had gotten in the habit of just tossing stuff through the opening, they weren’t tapping into loads of storage space. We categorized and created zones for everything. It’s now easy to see and find what they need.
Big Results in a Big Basement
I have to say, I LOVE organizing basements! And this one was loads of fun. Not only is the space huge, but it has these incredible built in shelves. The goal was to get everything into categories and set up a shipping center for their home-based business. The right side is dedicated to home storage. Holiday decorations, excess pantry supplies, photos, hand-me-down clothes for the kiddos, home improvement supplies, party supplies and decorations not yet in use elsewhere in the home. The left side is dedicated to a work out area, a work bench and a shipping center.
First, we had to get all of the cardboard boxes under control. They had taken over the basement. With floor space cleared, we were able to get everything categorized, put into proper bins and boxes, and labeled. Then it was time to put everything away. This project was not about purging…the only things to get tossed (in this case recycled) were cardboard boxes too damaged to be re-used. Check out all of that free space! On the left side, we used the area under the work bench to stack shipping boxes and envelopes by size. All of the excess paper and bubble wrap was folded and put into labeled boxes. We stashed those boxes under the table for easy access when it came time to pack items for shipping.
Spruced Up Storage Area
Basement storage areas get a work out all year long. Holiday decorations come in and out. Paint cans get moved around as household projects come up. Precious memories are added to memorabilia boxes and luggage gets strewn about when it’s time to leave and return from trips. The best way to keep your storage area tidy is to make sure everything has a home so it’s easy to find and easy to put back. That’s all we did in this basement in Stapleton. We made better use of the shelves and rearranged a couple of the shelving units to better fit the needs of the space. After just a couple of hours, everything was organized and easy to access!
From Chaos to Order
SOS helps tame the chaos in this small basement storage area. Having a place to stash stuff is great. But it’s even better if you can find what you’re looking for when you need it. A little sorting, a little purging and this basement was more functional and organized. We made an area for wrapping supplies, crafts, party supplies, travel, tools, camping, holiday decorations and memorabilia. And everything in each category is contained so it’s easy to access.
Basement Storage Sorted
Sometimes just rearranging boxes and bins makes for a more organized space. In this Denver basement storage closet, Christmas, Halloween and Easter decorations were already in bins. But they were all mixed up which made getting to them a hassle. Having to pull out 3 bins of Halloween decorations to uncover a Christmas bin is never fun in a tight space. In addition, automotive parts were scattered here and there, as well as some old paperwork, carpet remnants and even an old piece of drywall. Once we cleared out the items for trash and donate, we put all of the bins for each holiday together while leaving a wide space to walk through. Now when it’s time to pull out decorations for the next holiday, they’ll be easy to get to and easy to put away.
Basement Chaos Banished
Working with this couple in Broomfield was an amazing experience. And…it only took us 4 hours to completely transform the space. They were more than ready to let go of a lot of items they’d been storing for several years. We also broke down lots of boxes for recycling. Other bins and boxes had been partially unpacked and re-packed so we categorized items to put them in separate bins. Now all of the memorabilia is contained in a few bins; craft supplies are in their own bins; Easter, Halloween and Christmas decorations are organized in separate bins; and several boxes of kitchen items that are seldom used have been boxed up in preparation for a possible move. In case they put their home up for sale, the basement is organized and looks much larger than it did and they have space to stage packed boxes so they’re out of the way.
A rainy day in Denver is the perfect time to tackle a long overdue organizing project! My Park Hill clients are busy with work and family and let the clutter in their basement get a bit out of control. Lucky for them, I love a challenge and lucky for me, they were full of energy and motivated to clear the chaos!
We had three spaces to tackle. The laundry room, the furnace room and a narrow storage closet tucked behind the laundry wall. We started by clearing a path so we could get everything not staying in the spaces out of the way. Luckily, the neighborhood was organizing a giant garage sale so we were able to put everything they wanted to try to sell in the garage.
We attacked the storage closet first. We pulled everything out and made quick work of dividing items into keep, sell and trash. I have to hand it to these homeowners…they made really quick decisions and lots of trips out to the garage. 🙂 In no time at all, it was time to put everything away. We stashed items they rarely need to get to in the very back. Winter coats and gear went in next, followed by boxes of memorabilia and pictures that they want to sort through in the near future. Winter boots and shoes went up top. Since they are expecting a new addition to the family in November, baby items went in next. And near the front, we put their hiking and biking gear that they’ll use this season. Not only is everything organized in order of when they’ll need it, they can get to more easily because we left a path open all the way to the back.
Next up was the furnace room. In addition to housing the furnace and water heater, this room is also used to store a bike, work bench and household supplies. We again started by sorting items into keep, sell and trash. Some of the items went into the narrow storage closet and an aquarium went into a crawl space under the stairs. But a lot of things were added to the “sell” pile in the garage. Take a look! When the old furnace gets replaced in a couple of weeks, this room will be downright spacious! 🙂
Finally, we tackled the laundry room.
We cleaned out and organized cupboards and added more items to the sell and trash piles. And I’m so proud of the couple I worked with. They stayed energized and motivated and the results speak for themselves! Just look at the difference!
A More Orderly Basement
When I got my first peek at this basement in Superior, I thought, “This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!” Yes, I am wired a bit differently. 🙂
The couple I worked with was fantastic. All their stuff was stressing them out and they embraced the organizing challenge. The first thing we had to do was clear some space to work. Prior to our first session, they set up a Salvation Army pick-up because they knew a lot of the furniture would be donated. Moving the really big items out of the basement gave us the space we needed to get going. We just picked a pile and started. This project took several organizing sessions, two Salvation Army pick-ups and 6 trips to Goodwill. But the results speak for themselves!
And, by the way, the crawl space is now empty, too. 🙂
What do you do on a cold, snowy day? Help a Denver homeowner clean up his basement! This basement is divided into three areas: a storage/furnace room, an office and a laundry area.
We tackled the storage area first. We got rid of empty boxes and all of the unused home improvement materials left by the previous owner. We were left with Christmas decorations, items he’s storing for a family member, and a few boxes of photos and papers he wants to save. Look at all the extra space!
Next up was his office area. As you can see, it was not conducive to getting any work done.
We made quick work of sorting items into keep, donate, recycle, shred and trash. Everything he decided to keep was put in a designated spot and now his office area is an organized place to be productive.
Up last was the laundry area. It had become a dump site for all sorts of things. But after another quick sort, all of the keep items have a home and the homeowner now has a place to fold clothes fresh out of the dryer.
These Park Hill homeowners were more than ready to put their basement in order. The space is home to a pantry, laundry area, tools and storage. Unfortunately, it was all jumbled together. The first thing we tackled was the pantry area. We put in wall-to-wall shelves to store food, special-occasion dinner-ware and party supplies.
Next up was the space under the stairs. The cabinet holds DIY project supplies, light bulbs and extension cords. Now, the couple can actually get to them. 🙂
The laundry area came next. Since we freed up a shelving unit while working on the pantry area, we were able to re-purpose it to hold laundry and cleaning supplies. Now the washer and dryer can be used to fold clothes instead of as a storage space.
And finally we tackled the tool area. We discovered tools, paints, nails, screws and all sorts of stuff while putting the rest of the basement in order. Luckily, we had freed another shelf during the process so we could turn this corner into the “home improvement” area.