Out of sight, out of mind – it isn’t always a good thing. When it comes to your basement, it’s easy to stuff junk down there without really noticing how fast it can accumulate. Before you know it, you’re carving a path just to get from one end to the other. With nooks and crannies stuffed to the brim and a reality check that hits you like a ton of bricks, cleaning the basement requires you to get into serious clean-up mode. Here’s how you can make it as painless as possible.
Focus on One Area at a Time
It can take no time at all to feel overwhelmed when you begin de-junking your basement. The trick is to stay focused on one area at a time – think baby steps. Break up the room or rooms if there is more than one and go bit by bit. There’s no sense in trying to get it all done in one shot. Take your time and focus on one area at a time. Even if it’s just organizing one bookshelf or sorting through one storage container before taking a break, take pride in the small accomplishments.
Start at the Surface
Depending on the state of your basement, if there truly are several layers of junk that are involved, begin at the surface layer. Forget about the furniture or drawers that need cleaning or removal. Focus on the immediate objects and things that need to be addressed first.
Once you’ve cleaned, cleared and organized the top layer of your junk, it’s time to dig a little deeper. Grab a garbage bag to have on hand and start sifting through any drawers, closets, baskets, and those old shoeboxes from your glorious college days. Be honest with yourself about what needs to be saved and what can be donated, recycled, or thrown away. If it’s been sitting under a layer of junk for years, do you really need it?
Group Your Unwanted Furniture Together
For furniture and larger items you no longer wish to keep, try to group them together in a section of the basement, separated from what you do want. This way you have a clearer picture of what you’re getting rid of and whether you really need what you’re deciding to keep. It always helps to have a visual scope of the room.
If your basement has gradually turned into a nightmare of accumulated junk – don’t fret! Just use these quick tips to help you get started. For any of your junk removal needs in Ottawa – from small items to those big, heavy sofas – give us a call at Junk Ninja. Let us haul away your junk and take care of the heavy lifting. All you need to do is tell us where and when and our friendly crew will remove junk from your basement to get it looking spotless once more.