Advice for Cleaning Out Your Basement Before the Holidays

November 4, 2022

For many, the holidays include lots of family and friends. Whether it’s just a short visit or several days, having additional room in your house to handle extra company to sleep or celebrate is always welcome. If you have a basement space that could be utilized for all your holiday partying, maybe a New Jersey basement cleanout is in order. Think of the extra storage space for your holiday décor in the future as well as all those presents. Let the holiday shopping begin!

Plan Ahead

You’re probably dreading the task of cleaning and organizing your basement, especially if you haven’t done it for a while. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, a great starting point may be taking a moment to look around at the task at hand and then creating a plan of attack.

If you’ve filled your basement with a lot of unused junk like the rest of us, starting with some junk removal as you sift through your stuff is usually best. When it comes to removing junk, ask your family or a friend for help if you feel you could use some assistance. Consider hiring a junk removal team to join you as well. Having other people there helping you makes the job much more enjoyable, and you’ll be able to accomplish your basement cleanout much faster and more efficiently.

Try working in one space at a time so that you can see your progress as you work. This will motivate you to keep going when you see how great even the smallest space looks when it’s organized and cleared out. 

Make a plan that makes sense for you, and stick with it. It will pay off when you’re enjoying your organized, spacious basement. You’ll wonder why you didn’t take advantage of your basement sooner!

Organize and Declutter the Small Stuff Before Tackling the Big Stuff

Organizing your items first and working on decluttering your basement by sorting through each item, every drawer, and box, if possible, will get the job done right. Sifting through the small things is the toughest and longest part of the process, but it’s possibly the most important. All those little items add up and can make or break your space.

Remember, it took you a while to collect all the odds and ends that you have in your basement, and it’s going to take some time to go through it and organize it appropriately. So, as you begin your basement cleanout, New Jersey homeowners shouldn’t expect this part of the project to take a couple of hours or even a few days. Instead, make plans to dedicate some real time to your project and get it done properly.

Once you organize and declutter the small stuff and know what you plan to keep, sell, throw out, or donate, it’s onto the bigger items. This is where Junk-A-Haulics comes to the rescue. We will remove all the items you need from your hands quickly and without any heavy lifting on your end. 

Prepare for Guests

Now that you’ve completed the task of cleaning out your basement, it’s time for the fun part! It’s time to prepare for your guests. This can include decorating and party planning. If your guests will be spending the night, prepare their beds and rooms appropriately. 

Think of how proud you will feel showing off your newly organized space, free from all the extra junk that you’ve had hanging around for years. It kind of makes you want to get started now!

Check for Water and Other Damage

Checking for water and other damage before guests arrive can save you and your guests from a potential mess. Even if you think you don’t need to, take the time to walk around your basement to check for water damage that could be pointing to an even bigger issue that may have gone unnoticed before when the space was more cluttered. Check around your windows for water that could have pooled on window seals as well.

During your basement cleanout, homeowners should keep an eye out for cracks in the home’s foundation. If you come across cracks, seal them to prevent mold problems as well as to help keep out moisture that could make the cracking worse. You may even consider wrapping your pipes with heat tape to keep water from freezing and damaging them. 

Divide Your Storage Space into Sections

Organizing your storage space into sections can help you keep things organized and easy to find. Keep your camping gear in one section and your holiday décor in another. Food storage can be in even another space, while clothing you may be storing can be separated from the rest. 

When you keep your storage room neat and tidy, you’ll be able to put things away quickly after you use them as well. Some people like to use color-coding labels on boxes or certain storage boxes for items. Use whatever works best for you and what you’re storing. If something isn’t working, change it. Be flexible and try different things until you discover a system that will last.

Need a Helping Hand with Your Basement Cleanout? Contact Junk-A-Haulics!

Once you’re ready to begin your basement cleanout, New Jersey homeowners should make Junk-A-Haulics part of the team. We do the heavy lifting and junk disposal that you don’t want to do, making your job much easier. 

Whether you need basement cleaning services to get you geared up for holiday guests or remove old furniture and appliances you no longer want for a move, Junk-A-Haulics has your back. 

Maybe you have a storage unit you’re paying for each month with junk you don’t need or want. Let us take care of it and haul it away so that you can stop paying out money just to store it. We can even donate it for you so that someone else who could use it can enjoy it. 

Junk-A-Haulics will help with whatever junk removal needs you have. Give us a call to learn more about how we can support you through our services. We are ready to help! 

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