Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cleaning Out The Basement (Guest Post)

Cleaning Out the Basement and Attic
Most people don’t want to spend their days cleaning out the basement, attic or the garage. But if you’re running out of storage space in your home, and you’re ready to de-clutter, getting rid of a few items can free up space. Plus, too many items in your basement or attic can be a fire hazard. And if you’re looking to sell your home, de-cluttering gives the illusion of a bigger space. 
Like many areas throughout the United States, the housing market in Miami, FL is in the process of recovery. The inventory of available properties is great for buyers, yet the higher competition can hurt sellers. Sellers who rent self storage space and de-clutter their homes are typically able to sell quicker. Self storage units are the perfect place to stash unused items, and in many instances, you can find cheap storage and climate controlled storage.
If you’re ready to go through your basement, attic and garage, here are a few tips to help clear your space. 
Plan ahead
Rather than tackle all three areas on the same day, split up your efforts and de-clutter one space at a time. Get the whole family involved and set aside two or three days to complete the project. Start early in the morning and you may be able to de-clutter and entire space by the evening.
Divide and Decide
It can be difficult to part with some of your treasures, however, consider whether you’ll actually use the item in the future. Bring in three large bins to help sort the items. In each of these bins place items for trash, items for sale/donation and items for storage. Start in one corner of your basement, attic or garage and go through every box, every plastic container and every stack. Do not leave this area until each space is cleared and the items placed in a bin. Throw away items that are broken, worn or haven’t been used in one year. 
Host a yard sale to generate extra cash, and for items that you do not sell, contact Goodwill or another local charity and donate these items. Junk removal services such as 1-800-Got-Junk are perfect for discarding trash and larger unwanted items.
For the things that you plan to keep, organize these in your newly cleared space. Give this space a thorough cleaning before organizing your items - dust, sweep and mop. To keep your items neat, bring in shelves or storage bins. Label all bins and boxes to easily locate items.
Cleaning out your home isn’t fun, but the end result is well worth the effort. It’s important that you showcase your home in the best light. Whether you’re moving or staying, a clean, clutter-free home creates a cozy, happy environment.



Shelly Peterson said...

cleaning and de-cluttering is never any fun. thanks for the great ideas!

Robin Wilson said...

I am trying to apply this to my garage. I have been avoiding it like the plague... With the warmer weather and the door being open more, I just know my neighbors would appreciate me getting off my caboose and down to work! Thank you for the motivation!

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