Thinking of Decluttering Your Basement?
The weather is getting warmer and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning.
Basements are notorious for being cluttered and difficult to organize. But with a little bit of effort, you can clean out your basement in as little as on day.
Here are five simple steps to help you clean out your basement:
1. Sort Through Your Belongings
Take advantage of the opportunity to label the items you aren’t throwing away as you begin your basement purge.
This step is critical to your success, so you must pay close attention to it. You don’t need to put a time limit on this step. Work at your own pace, taking breaks as needed if you become frustrated or emotional when working with sentimental items.
To label your items, collect colored stickers or post-it notes. Choose four colors and assign them to one of four categories: trash, donate, sell, or keep.
As you go through your belongings, place a sticker on each item that you aren’t already getting rid of so that when it comes time to organize, the process will be sped up.
As you tag your items, keep track of how many you have. This will assist you in determining your options when it comes time to clean out the basement.
If you have a lot of items destined for the trash, consider renting a roll off dumpster for a quick way to get rid of it.
If you noticed you tagged a lot of bulky items to keep and believe they will get in the way of your work, consider renting a storage unit until you have the space to bring them back into your basement.
2. Create Piles Of Items To Keep, Donate, Or Sell.
You’ve already begun this process by labeling items as trash, so the majority of this step consists of removing those items from your basement for disposal.
You can have a dumpster delivered right to your driveway if you rent one, and you can throw trash in it as you sort.
It’s also a good time to reconsider any purchases you’ve been debating.
After you’ve gotten rid of everything labeled as trash, take a moment to go back over any items you’re not sure about and reconsider.
However, don’t make these decisions simply because someone tells you to.
3. Divide Your Basement Into Sections.
After you’ve gotten rid of the trash and have a little more space on your hands, it’s time to sort through the remaining items.
We recommend categorizing the remaining items into three categories: keep, donate, and sell.
To ensure that you effectively declutter your basement, start small and work your way up.
You can also request an additional dumpster rental from a dumpster company in Ocala to help you sort items better and safely place them in their respective units.
4. Donate Or Store Remaining Items
You’ve sorted everything out, but the items remain in your basement.
If you need to completely empty the space in order to finish your basement or another project, it’s time to move the items you want to keep to another room in your house or to a storage unit.
Once your “to keep” items are out of the way, load up a vehicle and drop off anything you want to donate to a charity or Goodwill.
5. Complete The Task
So you have finished the cleanup but have several items left that you want to sell or dump.
What do you do?
Organize a garage sale, post on social media buy/sell groups, or look for curbside pickup in your area.
Now that your basement is empty except for the items you want to keep, it will be much easier to sort through and properly organize your belongings in the storage method of your choice.
You’ll notice how much you enjoy going down to the basement after this process, and it won’t be a dreadful walk down the stairs.
An affordable dumpster rental is a fantastic solution to decluttering a basement. Contact us here and get started with your no-hassle rental today!