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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Basement

Even if you’ve packed away clothes that smelled fine when you put them in bins or boxes, it’s likely the fabric has gotten a bit musty smelling. Wash anything you can, including basement window curtains, so you immediately can donate what you don’t want.

Donate or Toss

Spring cleaning is a time to be merciless when it comes to getting rid of items. Sort everything, such as books, clothes, and toys into three piles labeled: keep, toss, and donate. If you haven’t worn something or the kids haven’t played with a toy in more than a year, donate it. Donated items should be in good shape; if they are not, throw them away.

Polish larger items made of wood, such as tables, and wash upholstery on sofas. If you wish to donate these household items, look for a local Habitat for Humanity or other charity that repurposes or resells furniture.

Box and Label

If items are strewn all over your basement, now is the perfect time to box them up. After sorting items and deciding what you want to keep, organize them into piles such as books, photos, clothing, college, mementos, etc. Each pile gets its own bin — or more, depending on the pile’s size. Bins should be plastic, clear, and as airtight as possible. Clearly label each bin. When stacking or shelving them, labels should face outward.


It’s important that any shelving be appropriate for the weight that will be placed on it. The shelves should be deep enough to fully support the box or bin size(s) you put on them. Most shelving units at home improvement stores list the maximum weight they can hold. When you do start placing items on shelves, keep the heavier items chest height or lower so they won’t injure you if they fall off or you lose your grip.


Don’t overlook your basement’s ceiling or walls. For small items such as hand tools, use a pegboard to hang them on hooks. Depending on the space in the ceiling, you may be able to hang items such as bicycles or archery bows. Bits and pieces such as nails and screws fit in small jars that can hang from beams. Just nail or screw the jar lid from the inside to the wood, then fill the jar and screw it into the lid.


Once everything is packed away, clean rugs, dust any wood furniture, wipe down sinks, and clean the inside of the washing machine. Carefully dispose of any unused chemical cleaners and old, unused paint. However, if you spot mold, do not try to clean it yourself. Disturbing mold can be hazardous to human health and will result in more mold forming.

Acculevel Keeps Basements Dry

If you notice cracks in or water stains on your basement walls or foundation when you inspect your basement prior to cleaning it, give us a call. We have specialized in fixing basements and foundations in the Midwest since 1996. Acculevel also is certified for mold removal and remediation. Our experts know all about fixing a foundation and will never insist on an unnecessary repair. If you’re not sure if anything needs to be done, that’s OK because we offer free estimates. If you live in the Midwest, contact us at (866) 669-3349 or [email protected].

Kelly Kater

Over her twenty year career, Kelly has worked in a wide variety of fields: secondary education, nursing, biology, elder care, the postal service, multicultural development, and academia. She has developed a skill for translating industry-specific jargon into everyday language. Her goal is to share the knowledge and experience of the Acculevel team with homeowners, in a way that is both engaging and informative.

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