Basements are often thought of as scary dungeon-like, dusty spaces that serve little purpose other than to give everyone who comes down the chills. However, basements are actually convenient storage areas that can also be used as additional living space, a home office, a child's playroom, etc. To keep your basement in top condition, use this guide which will help you to effectively clean and organize your basement.
Basement Cleaning Checklist
The majority of your home's storage probably resides in your basement. Basements are the perfect places to store items that you only sometimes need -depending on the season, such as holiday decorations and old documents that may be necessary to be kept.
However, a basement can rapidly get messy and dusty. Here are some basement cleaning tasks to complete on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis which will help you to maintain the general cleanliness of your basement.
Weekly Basement Cleaning Tasks
Don't forget the basement when the weekend comes and you have time to clean up the house. Cleaning it every week will keep it tidy and organized.
Here are some to-do cleaning lists every week:
- Throw trash away
- Dust and wipe down every surface
- Mop, sweep, and/or vacuum the basement
Monthly Basement Cleaning Tasks
Basements can require more than a simple clean-up. Do a load of laundry once a month to wash the window coverings and other textiles you keep in your basement.
Each month, tackle these basement cleaning tasks:
- Curtains and other textiles wash
- Wipe and clean windows inside and out, furniture, and vents
- Clean the blinds in the basement
Yearly Basement Cleaning Tasks
To maintain your cleanliness, you should perform some cleaning jobs regularly, while for other cleanings you can put off doing until you have that yearly spring cleaning itch. Here are some things that you need to do and check annually.
- Remove and wash light fixtures
- Replace light bulbs when it down
- Wash walls, baseboards, doors, and other surfaces in the basement
Basements are a place where you store all of your items which you do not want to showcase at your house, but over time they may accumulate a lot of junk. The greatest approach to avoid clutter building up in the first place is to organize your basement. Create a plan to organize and clear your basement at least once a year. This yearly task will be much more bearable if you declutter as you go (for example, throw out broken or outdated tree ornaments as you put away the holiday decorations).
Get your basement organized to keep things under control and reduce all the mess. What you should do is:
- Cut down
- Take inventory
- Box things up and organize
Take a trash bag and gloves with you as you search your basement. Throw away anything you do not need in the trash so you can start to sort everything out.
You need to sort your belongings into three piles, things to donate, to keep, and to discard. Donate and discard anything you no longer need. You'll have less to store and organize if you simply keep what is absolutely necessary, thus making your task easier. Don't worry, you can still keep anything sentimental, priceless, or really useful for you. Cutting down does not mean you have to let go of every little thing you own.
Make sure to take note of everything you have stored in your basement, whether they're office supplies or a collection of extra furniture. This inventory list will assist you in keeping track of the items that come into and leave your basement. Proper racking will make it easier for you to organize everything
Each year you can bring out the list that you've compiled to see what you have each year when you are about to organize your basement. Please be aware of how extensive the list is and update it as necessary.
Box Things Up and Organize
After you've cleaned up your space and gotten rid of anything extra, you'll only have stuff that is important. Consider putting them in a basic organization system rather than throwing them into boxes and arranging them in random order on storage shelves.
Put smaller goods in boxes, mark the box with what's inside, and group the same items together for storage. You won't need to reorganize your basement as often in the future if you have a better structure for storing everything. Whether you need to completely remodel or not, a yearly basement organization will keep your place under control.
If you struggle with organizing, you might want to consider hiring a professional to guide you through the process. They will be equipped with all the resources, expertise, cleaning checklist templates, and experience required to clean and organize your basement.