Judy Kuhtreiber's Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!