Getting Rid Of Cottage Basement Clutter

Declutter in small segments

Step one to organizing any area of your home is to declutter. But when tackling your basement, this can be a daunting task with the amount of stuff there is to sort through. Instead of doing it all in one go, prioritize what needs to be done first and split up the mass decluttering into different days.

If your basement has different rooms, tackle the biggest section first, and work your way around to the other spaces. For a larger project such as this, don’t feel pressured to get everything done in one Saturday afternoon. This will also help you figure out what you plan on keeping before buying different storage options.

Organize toys into bins

Nothing is worse than walking down the stairs only to find a pile of toys or other small knickknacks laying around. Clutter starts by leaving these items everywhere, so instead, create a system where toys and other items have a designated space that’s easy for kids to access.

Make the breaker box a DIY project

Color coding or adding a decorative cover to your breaker box puts a personalized spin on a necessity that every home has. Whether fitting monogrammed fabric over the door or a chalkboard removable sticker, adding these touches makes this box seamlessly blend into the rest of your basement interior. Another do-it-yourself add-on is labeling the breaker switches with color-coded stickers, so you know what switch turns on what in emergency situations.

Utilize plastic bins

Plastic bins are better for managing clutter than other options, like cardboard boxes, because plastic is less likely to be affected by water damage or mold. Putting everything in plastic bins also assures that the items you want to store stay concealed and organized. In case you ever need anything at a moment’s notice, be sure to also add labels, which will make everyone’s life easier.

Consider adding shelves

If you live in an area prone to rain damage, adding shelves to your basement walls keeps valuable items and books free from any damage leaks might cause. Shelves also add a level of functionality, yet still make the layout of the space appear organized.


Organizing your basement doesn’t need to be a dreaded chore. Instead, turn this task into a day of family fun with these suggestions to get the ball rolling.

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Mark Hughes

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Mark Hughes is the President and curator of Bungalows and Cottages LLC, Blog, and Networks. Mark's mission is to bring the design, history, and lifestyle of smaller comfortable iconic American bungalows and cottages to everyone. Mark is a real estate broker and former industry executive who once ranked in the top 1% of agents worldwide for sales and went on to lead two of the largest real estate companies in the Western US. Small house. Big Life.

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