What’s in your basement? Are you using this bonus space in your home to make things easier or more difficult? Are there enough shelves so everyone in the family knows where to store things and find them when needed?
It’s so quick and easy to pile the clutter you’ve accumulated in the basement or garage when you’re cleaning up for visitors. You close the door, and like magic, the clutter disappears.
Unfortunately, magic tricks don’t work in real life. How often do you go back and sort out all that stuff that conveniently disappeared? The piles get bigger and bigger.
There’s a solution to minimizing the clutter is find a handyman to install simple shelving to help you organize what you store in your basement.
Basic Shelving You or Your Handyman Can Build
Here’s the story of a local handyman customer who bought a condo. After the closing, he made a list of handyman projects he wanted done – new wood flooring, tile and bathroom fixtures, etc. Before starting all that, it made sense to start by building shelving in the basement.
As flooring and other materials arrived, the new basement shelving would provide convenient and organized storage. When the projects were done, the shelving would provide organized storage for the new condo and stop clutter before it started piling up.
The condo owner wanted 2-foot deep shelves but shelving that you buy and assemble is usually only 18″ deep. So custom shelving was needed. Since there could be water issues in the future, pressure treated wood was used to build the bottom. The shelves were left open for easy access and for oversized items. Building custom shelving allowed sizing for maximize storage while leaving enough space for hot water heater access.
Filling Empty Space with Storage Shelves
Here are the steps for building these shelves. Of course, you will need the appropriate tools and basic materials like nails (what a handyman keeps in the truck).
Decide where to build the shelves, writing down the width and height of space available for shelving.
Shop for materials at your local lumber yard or a box store.
Have the 4 x 8 plywood sheets cut to size for the shelving where you buy it, to save time and reduce the amount of sawdust you will have to cleanup.
Make sure you get pressure treated wood for the bottom framing to avoid possible water damage in the future.
Assemble materials and tools in the basement.
Measure, cut and assemble shelving in place, and leave the top shelves open for easier access by homeowner.
From an empty basement, to a stack of lumber and then before you know it, shelves for storage Basement shelving has to consider things like the electrical panel and hot water heater
For other ideas on getting organized, read Inspiration to Get Organized.