Bring order and structure to the basement and garage

The big spring cleaning doesn't just mean cleaning the windows and replacing winter clothes with the latest spring fashions. Right now, many of us have time to venture into the real problem areas. Everything that we no longer need, that does not fit into another room or that has simply been forgotten accumulates in garages, cellars or in the attic. Follow our 5-step guide so you don't completely despair in the chaos.

Order like the pros - elimination of chaos in the basement and garage

Plastikowe pudełka do garażu
Plastikowe pudełka do garażu

Step 1: The preparation

Do you want to spontaneously clean up the garage or the basement? This project will probably fail due to the lack of preparation. The stored items are often heavy and bulky. Perhaps you can involve other family members in this event or ask friends to help you get physical support? And quite honestly: The order action will most likely not only be exhausting, but also dirty. So choose the right clothes and protect your hands with gloves.

Porządki w garażu
Porządki w garażu

The right equipment

So that your basement doesn't sink into chaos again after a week and you don't find anything in it, you should establish a system before cleaning up. To organize all items into categories and make them easily accessible, boxes are mostly the best choice. But a box is not just a box! They should have certain properties so that they perfectly match your project.

1. If you use transparent boxes, you can later see better what you are storing in them. Of course you can also label the storage boxes to keep track of things.
2. Choose boxes that you can seal airtight . For example, you protect papers or clothing from unpleasant odors, moisture, vermin and dust.
3. The most practical are boxes that are available in different sizes and can still be safely stacked on top of each other.
4. To keep the boxes tidy, you can use accessories to organize the boxes. Luckily, there are some accessories that fit the boxes perfectly.
5. When you store food, you should make sure that the boxes are made of secure
BPA-free and odorless materials are made.

Step 2: Sort

First, you should determine boxes or storage locations in which to sort the items according to the following categories:

  • Store
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • waste or recycling
  • move to another place in the house
Sortowanie rzeczy
Sortowanie rzeczy

But how do you decide which things you should keep or rather throw away? Consider whether you've used the item in the past few months. If not, chances are you won't need them in the future either. Still unsure? Then collect these things in a separate box and label them with today's date or the last day of use. If it's been a year since it was last used for the next spring cleaning, you can be sure you won't need it anymore.

If possible, collect all items in another room first. This makes the next step a lot easier.

Step 3: cleaning

Cobwebs, dust and dirty windows: Now that the room has been cleared, every corner, no matter how hidden, can finally be cleaned. Right now you also have one of the few opportunities when you can repaint the walls or oil the hinges of the door.

Porządki w garażu
Porządki w garażu

Step 4: Organization

Once you've sorted things out and created a clean space, it's time to put everything away in order.

Then you form categories again and sort your belongings again. For example after

  • sports accessories
  • garden tools
  • automobile
  • tools
  • pantry

To store everything in an organized manner, it is best to use a system of boxes. But shelves, baskets and hooks can also help you bring order to chaos. All that matters is that each item has its place and all categories are properly labeled so you can find your things quickly.

When it comes to shelving storage, it's best to base your storage on the weight of the items (heaviest items on the bottom) and frequency of use (the items you use most - closest to the entrance).

Porządek w spiżarni
Porządek w spiżarni

Step 5: Get rid of unnecessary things

Now you can finally breathe a sigh of relief and be proud of yourself! The last step is just to take care of the things you have sorted out. Take your trash to the recycling center as soon as possible and sell or donate the things you no longer need. Find a space that you reserve for things that are waiting for a new owner. But be careful: Don't fall into the old rut and lose control of your basement or garage. Otherwise, the next spring will also be: Eliminate chaos with the Evo boxes from Rotho.

Porządki w garażu
Porządki w garażu