If you have recently finished your basement, you and your family are likely enjoying the extra living space. However, you may be missing the open, unfinished space where storing your various belongings was easy.
A finished basement can be comfortable and cozy, but have you considered where to store everything that was in your basement before it was finished? These unique storage solutions can help you make good use of awkward areas and unused space in your finished basement so that you don’t have to spend extra money on a storage unit.
1. Use Vertical Space
The size of your basement will impact the way you can store items and belongings, but basements of any size can benefit from using vertical space. Think about the space you have above your head. Hanging racks from the ceiling is a great way to store things up off the floor, freeing up those areas for more usable living space. Items that you don’t use often can be stored up high since you won’t need to access them on a regular basis.
2. Make It Easy to Find Your Items
One of the most popular ways to store items in a finished basement is collecting them in boxes placed in a closet or other area. Packing your belongings in opaque boxes may make it difficult to remember what is inside. Instead, consider using clear plastic bins so that you know exactly what is inside. You can go a step further by writing the contents of each bin on a sheet of paper and taping it to the side of the bin. This makes it easy to find the exact tool, item, etc. that you’re looking for.
3. Utilize the Space Under Your Staircase
When using your finished basement for storage, you often have to get creative. The space below a staircase often goes unused. The savvy organizer can use this space to store a variety of items, including:
- Bikes or scooters
- Holiday and other seasonal décor
- Food storage
- Camping supplies
No matter what you need to store, the area under your staircase can be transformed into a mini storage room.
4. Plan for Seasonality
If you have several items that are used during different seasons (clothing, decor, tools, etc.), it is wise to be strategic with how you store them away in your finished basement. For example, you can dedicate a set of shelves in a closet to these belongings and reserve each shelf for a specific season. This way, you don’t have to spend extra time digging through various items while maintaining the organized appearance of your finished basement.
5. Consider Hard-to-Store Items
Heavy or large items may not easily slide into a box or onto a shelf. These belongings require special consideration when it comes to storage. Large items like skis, bikes, power equipment, furniture, and other hard-to-store items require some dedicated storage space. Once your basement is finished, consider utilizing one of the available closets for some of these larger items before storing more mobile, smaller items. And if the items are light enough, consider storing them vertically but hanging them on open wall space.
Once you have a finished basement in your home, it’s essential to strategically store items away to keep the space uncluttered. If you have recently finished your basement or are planning to do so in the future, consider these storage tips to maximize the usability of your new space.