Judy Kuhtreiber, Realtor | Shrewsbury Real Estate, Marlborough Real Estate, Southborough Real Estate


If you've lived in your house for more than five years, there's a good chance that clutter and disorganization is gradually taking over your basement.

While you probably had the best of intentions when you first moved in, that valuable storage space may now have deteriorated into a hodgepodge of scattered furniture, holiday supplies, old toys, boxes, and miscellaneous junk.

If you're considering selling your house in the near future, straightening your basement will soon become a high priority item. Not only is an organized basement an important aspect of staging a home, but it's a key step in preparing to pack your belongings and move to your next location.

As you'll discover when you start sorting through your old belongings, there will also be opportunities to make money, save money, and help other people.

  • Finding old treasures: One result of tackling a basement organization project is that you'll find usable, lost, and valuable things you forgot you even had. Whether something is valuable or pure junk, stored belongings have a way of getting buried and hidden away for years in basements. Once you start grouping things together and throwing away stuff nobody needs, it won't take long before a semblance of order begins taking shape! The longer it's been since you've organized your basement, the more satisfying it will feel to get it underway and done!
  • Money-making options: A well-organized garage sale can be a profitable way to get rid of things you no longer use or want. If you haven't taken the time to pull out belongings that are buried, hidden, or boxed up, then it's difficult to find what's available to sell. When your stuff is already organized and ready to be carried outside, preparing for a garage sale is generally easier, faster, and more efficient. If you just have a few items you want to sell and don't want to be bothered with a garage sale, there's also the alternative of publicizing it on social media, classified ads, flyers, or word of mouth.
  • Donating to worthy causes: If you happen to have furniture, clothing, toys, electronics, working appliances, or kitchen supplies you no longer need, there's also the option of donating it to charitable organizations, such as the Salvation Army, homeless shelters, or other community service groups. If you keep good records or get a detailed receipt from the charity, there may be the chance to deduct the donation on your tax returns. The best source of information on tax-related matters, of course, would be your accountant.

Whether you're planning on moving soon or staying put for a while, taking a few hours to straighten out your basement will not only be personally satisfying, but you could make some money on the side or help underprivileged families in your community.


For home sellers, you'll want to spend some time organizing your residence's garage. By doing so, you can show homebuyers just how much space your garage has to offer. Plus, you might even be able to eliminate clutter and get rid of unwanted items before you move.

What does it take to transform an ordinary garage into an exceptional one? Here are three garage organization tips that every home seller needs to know.

1. Use All of the Space at Your Disposal.

Although your garage may seem small at first, it is important to keep in mind that you can use assorted shelving and storage units to optimize the amount of space at your disposal.

Try to use as much vertical space as you can to store items in your garage. For instance, you can hang brooms, mops and rakes on your garage walls, and this may allow you to free up horizontal space for other garage items. In addition, you can set up cabinets to store various tools in your garage.

Ideally, you'll want to maintain sufficient space to fit your car in your garage. And if you focus on maximizing the horizontal and vertical space that is available, you should have no trouble parking your car in your garage any time you choose.

2. Separate Your Must-Have Items from the Clutter.

Clutter is an eyesore, and as such, you'll want to do everything possible to eliminate it from your garage immediately.

Dedicate the necessary time and resources to go through all of the belongings in your garage. This will enable you to separate must-have items from garage clutter.

If you find an excess amount of garage clutter, you have a few options as well. You can throw away items, donate them to charity or sell them during a garage sale. Regardless of which options you choose, you'll be able to eliminate clutter and improve your garage's appearance at the same time.

3. Label Your Belongings.

Now that you know which items you're going to keep, you should label and store them accordingly.

Typically, sorting items into groups is a good idea, particularly when it comes to organizing your garage. This will help you stay organized as well as save time when you need to find garage items in the future.

If you're struggling to organize your garage, you may want to consider professional assistance. Lucky for you, cleaning companies are available that can help you revamp your garage and ensure it looks clean and neat for an extended period of time.

Furthermore, your real estate agent may be able to help you enhance your garage's appearance. He or she will be able to offer garage organization and cleaning recommendations, guaranteeing you can take the right steps to improve your garage.

When it comes to organizing your home's garage, there is no need to leave anything to chance. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you can organize your garage items and bolster your garage's appearance.


Your attic; it’s a great place for storing things that you need to keep out of the way for most of the year. Maybe a little too great. If your attic is anything like most people’s it quickly has become overridden with anything and everything you can’t quite let go of or don’t know where to put. Perhaps it’s overwhelming to even think about your attic. If you are ready to make your attic more organized or need an idea of where to start, keep reading. If you are planning a major overhaul on your disorganized attic consider breaking up the following tips over a longer span of time than just the weekend to avoid being overwhelmed. The process of sorting through the items that find their way to the attic can be mentally draining as well as physically. Start with a decluttering process. Create a blank slate by pulling everything out of the attic and get rid of everything you no longer want to hold onto. Holding a yard sale or donating items are both ways of giving things you no longer want a chance at a second life and keeping them out of the dump. This is also a great time to figure out what should stay in the attic and what can be moved to other places in the home. Some types of household goods are best not stored in an attic. Once you have settled on what will be staying create an inventory of what is left and create categories for the items you will be storing in your attic. Themes should become apparent such as Christmas ornaments and nostalgic items. Group these similar items together so the next steps will be easier. Now that you know what items are staying and what categories you have you can start thinking about storage arrangements. If you have been keeping everything in cardboard boxes or just strewn about consider investing in some plastic bins for safer storage. Plastic bins can help protect against any roof leaks or other unexpected damage. If you have enough vertical space installing shelving units will help maximize the space available in your attic and allow you to easily organize everything. Be sure to properly store things (Christmas ornaments are wrapped, documents are in file folders, etc.) and label each box accordingly. Designing a layout plan for where containers are placed in your attic will set you up for success in the future. Place lower priority items towards the back of your attic space and/or in harder to reach areas while placing more frequently used items in easy to reach areas. Extra steps for the dedicated: Create an inventory of what is in each box and number them, add this list to a home organization binder or somewhere handy to reference. This will allow you to know what is where in your attic and eliminate opening every box each time you want to find something. Color coding bins by their category and/or numbering them will allow for easy inventory creation and knowing which bins contain holiday decorations or seasonal clothes. While the thought of organizing your attic might fill you with dread taking the time to do so will allow you to create a storage space in your home that is stress-free and easy to access. With a clear plan in hand and spreading out your organization project over several days planning out your attic storage might even become an enjoyable task!

There are so many places in your home that you could capitalize on for storage space. The problem is that you just haven’t thought of them yet. You’ll find some great ideas for storage spaces in your home for inspiration below. 


Under Your Stairs


You might not use the space that you have under the stairs because you feel that it’s too cramped, but you’re missing out on major places to store your stuff. You can install closet doors to keep the space concealed from any visitors, but there’s a lot you can do with under stairs spaces including using it as a pantry or a broom closet.


Go Upward


If you’re short on space you can always move upward in your home. You can put up shelves in high places in rooms to store bulk items and rarely used items in the space. Making use of the space you have high on the walls can really help you to have storage without guests even noticing. These elevated shelves have the ability to blend right into the decor. 


Your Kitchen Island


The kitchen island may be a great place to prepare your food, but it’s also a great place to store things. Many islands have extra space under the counters. Whether or not these cabinets are enclosed, you can use this area to store pots and pans or kitchen essentials like spices or frequently used canned goods.


Behind Doors


Any door can become a storage haven with a bit of creativity. Many stores sell behind-the-door organizers. You can also create your own storage with a bit of creativity. Think of items that can be compressed in a space like that behind a door like shoes, wrapping paper, or cosmetics.    


Use Bookshelves


Bookshelves aren’t just for books. Do you have an empty wall that could be put to good use? Place a bookshelf there for additional storage. You can use a bookcase for anything from pots and pans to towels and bath supplies. Get creative because a bookshelf can be an easier shelving than trying to install shelving independently.   


Use Your Furniture


Many pieces of furniture come with built in storage compartments and open spaces. Make use of these areas or make your own storage. You can make your own storage by using boxes as drawers for storage. Look under your bed and use that space for storing clothes and other items that can sit in thinner boxes under the bed space.


The most important thing that you can do with your storage is to get creative and make it work for you!