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Tips for Doing Your Basement Cleanout

Have you ever taken any of your friends or family members to the basement? You probably may not have. We know that like most of us, your basement is also filled with junk. When you were buying the house, you have had so many dreams with regard to that extra space, isn’t it? But now that extra space is full of clutter.

This won’t come as a surprise when we tell you that junk accumulation is one of the chronic problems in many Americans. With each passing day, we see this junk and clutter multiplying at an alarming rate.

The reason for this endless clutter is that we love to hoard things as well. Take a look at your things stored in your basement and you’d find the sweater you bought five years ago, the first gift you got from your first date, your prom dress, and other such things. We are not saying that you should get rid of these items which clearly have a lot of sentimental value to you. But what you can do is to organize your belongings, and give away some, if needed.

Here is a guide that will help you organize your basement in a better manner and transform it into a place that you’ll want to show around.

A Guide For Getting Organized

For many years, home maintenance was often regarded as something unimportant. It was up to the homeowners to keep their homes neat and tidy. But experts now believe that tidying up your house is a science and can be carried out with ease if homeowners follow some basic tips. So let’s find out how to organize your basement:  

1. The Four-Box Method

This is simple. You have to use four boxes and mark them as ‘trash’, ‘give away’, ‘keep’, or ‘relocate’. The labels themselves are self-explanatory. All you have to do is to put the items in the right boxes.

2. Start With One Space

The biggest mistake that we normally make is to start the cleaning process all at once. As a result, you end up getting tired within a short span. Don’t tire yourself out and start the decluttering process from one space. Move on to the next only when the first space is completed. This will not exhaust you unnecessarily.

3. Sort Out the Junk

You have already decided on what things need to be thrown away. If you still think that the items that you’re throwing could be of someone’s use, organize a garage sale. But promise yourself that once the yard sale is over, you’ll give away all the unsold items. In the future, follow the two-year rule which says that you can easily throw away an item that hasn’t been used for two years.

4. Organize with Color

This will help you sort out the things easily. Organize all items by their color. This helps remove clutter as you have defined the place for each and every item.


Is there any junk that has been left behind? Don’t worry! You can always call a professional and avail their services to get the junk removed from your home.