In Britain, it is believed that the biggest chaos in one’s home prevails in the cellar. This is a part of our home that can be untidy to some extent, but we often forget to clean it and organize it. We just pile up things but if you think that it is time to fix it, check out these tips.
1. The 3-hour method
The biggest problem with big tasks: They seems so huge that you do not even tackle them. Cleanup professionals recommend setting a time limit of around 3 hours. Be aware that your time is precious – then make disposable decisions faster and more accurately: the broken bike may be considered unrepairable.
2. Work in waves
According to KapitalBasements, no basement cannot be cleaned all at once. For example, there are separate sections Saturday after Saturday. The first wave is always: Out, what can be disposed of immediately! Basements are usually made to be very compact, and you need room. Once you got rid of unnecessary things, you can move to the second wave, which is removing everything out of the things you want to keep so that you can access areas to clean.
3. Make sure you have good containers
What needs to be stored in the cellar in the long term belongs in watertight containers. Because microscopically small mushrooms grow in almost every basement, your things usually take on the typical musty cellar smell. This is especially annoying when it comes to clothing. Obtain airtight “universal crates.” At hardware stores, you’ll find the widest selection of such containers, and if you only have cardboard boxes, wrap them in large plastic bags before stowing.
If mold and mildew smell is very strong, you should dehumidify your cellar. A chemical condenser with crystals (which must be refilled regularly) costs about 20 €, the refill also (available in the paint shop). Electric dehumidifiers cost from about 400 €, but are available only in specialist shops.
4. Label what you cannot see
Before you put something in a container without an inscription, you can actually throw it away right away. Store a thick felt-tip pen in your basement so that you can clearly label boxes straight away – on the sides, not on the top if the boxes are stacked.
5. Light up dark corners
Many cellar rooms are poorly equipped with lamps. Because of that, you cannot clearly see what else there is and you will struggle to find it – or worse, you will hit something you don’t see is there. It is important to put appropriate lighting in the basement so that you are safe, but also to find what you are looking for.
6. Keep ground clearance
Even if you have a water detector, store all items in the basement as if the floor were constantly covered with water at a height of 3 cm. Place only waterproof containers directly on the floor, cardboard boxes, however, always on slats or discarded Euro pallets. Molds and muffle odor quickly from under an unventilated surface. In addition, you have a good chance at flooding to save your things still intact.