If you’re like a lot of homeowners throughout the United States, your basement and attic are a cluttered mess and your belongings are at risk of getting damaged. This is especially true for people who store items like heirloom clothing and photographs in their at-home storage areas.
Fortunately, there are a lot of steps you can take to organize your basement or attic without hiring a professional. Many of these do-it-yourself organization jobs will not only make your space more presentable but keep your precious possessions safer than they’ve ever been before.
Put shelves on the walls
This project is especially good for basements in wet, humid climates like the Carolinas tend to have. No matter how airtight you think your home’s basement is, it is still possible for it to leak and flood, ruining boxes that are sitting on the floor. Installing shelves on the walls is a simple, inexpensive way to protect irreplaceable items that your family loves. Typically, shelves can be put up in an afternoon for under $100. This is a great way to spend a rainy weekend afternoon!
It’s a good idea to move any items you’re going to keep on your new shelves into airtight plastic containers that will repel water and bugs. These can often be purchased at discount stores for just a few dollars apiece. As you start shelving your new boxes, make sure you put them in a logical order. Holiday decorations, for instance, should be kept separate from old family photos to avoid confusion.
Consider basement waterproofing
There are several different types of jobs that fall under the category of “basement waterproofing.” The simplest and the easiest to accomplish on your own is to purchase DryLok (a latex-based sealant) that you can paint onto concrete walls. This product generally costs about $40 per gallon and is highly effective at blocking water damage. If, of course, there is already water damage in your space, you will need to have it dealt with by an expert.
Consider attic waterproofing
Even though most North Carolina and South Carolina homeowners worry more about excess water in their basements than their attics, attic waterproofing is also something to consider. As with basements, investing in DryLok is the best way to seal your attic without professional help. Typically, it is best to use a brush instead of a roller in an attic space, as it will allow you to hit every nook and cranny.
Add new flooring to your attic
Many attics are unfinished, meaning nothing was ever installed on top of the subfloor. This can be problematic, especially if you want to turn your attic into usable storage space. Lucky for you, installing flooring in your attic doesn’t have to be expensive. Local lumber yards will often sell homeowners boards they can use for next to nothing. Since your attic doesn’t need to look perfect, this is an excellent way to save money.
Hopefully, the suggestions you’ve just read have given you good ideas for how to improve the storage areas you have in your home. By putting money into spaces that already exist, you can avoid having to rent a storage unit or build a shed.