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8 Tips for Cleaning Basement

While we realize that not every home has a basement and - depending on where you live - basements are not common. But much like the garage, those who do have full-sized basements often end up filling them with junk.

In fact, junk accumulation is a chronic problem for many Americans. One could say that there is a principle at work that could be expressed as, "Stay in one place long enough and junk will multiply accordingly."

As a result, in the United States, we are experiencing a seemingly endless increase in junk and clutter.

In fact, one of the realities of life is that we accumulate things. Whether these means simply collecting an abundance of clothes, shoes, and other personal belongings. This can also mean larger household items like furniture or sports equipment.

The truth is that almost everyone finds themselves having to deal with excess junk at some point. Even in the basement!

The Challenge of House Cleanout Projects: Basement Cleanouts

Aside from a regular need to keep things tidy, people often want to greatly reduce their accumulated junk, or simply "downsize" their lifestyle by decluttering their homes. While this may mean simply getting rid of some household belongings, or clearing out entire spaces - like a basement - it all involves planning.

And disposal options, since it almost always involves getting rid of things. For too many people, though, "getting rid of things" means just tossing things in the trash or taking it to the dump.

However, adding to the municipal waste stream and the local landfill isn't always the best choice. 

Instead, by implementing a little planning and forethought, much of what we consider to be just "junk" can actually be reused or repurposed in other ways including recycling.

And many of the unwanted items that you view as junk can have great value for someone else. In fact, it pays to consider all of your disposal options when it comes to junk removal. The truth is that how you choose to get rid of things can benefit others, benefit yourself, and even benefit the planet!


Decluttering for Your Basement Cleanout

Any kind of home cleanout project requires some dedicated time, effort and prior planning. A basement cleanout is no different. And keep in mind that if your basement is currently just a "storage unit" for your home, considering the help of basement cleaning services might be worthwhile.

At the very least, you will want to look into either a junk hauling service or even a dumpster rental depending on the volume of stuff you have.

But here are a few tips for the organizing end of your cleanout project from the Container Store:

  1. Visibility
  2. Accessibility
  3. Flexibility

Visibility refers to keeping stored items in places that are easily seen and identifiable. Accessibility requires making sure the things you need most often are easy to get to. And flexibility means having storage systems that can be easily re-arranged or re-used in different ways when needed.

With the end of the holidays just around the corner, it's a great time of year to finally declutter your basement (or garage), and make some more room for the Christmas bounty.

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