Packing Up Your Home: How to Tackle The Basement?
Packing up your home and rooms like your basement can be the worst task during your moving process. We are here to lend you a hand with our packing tips!
You will be moving soon to your new home and before you know it, all your things must be packed. Of course, packing your entire life away in boxes is much easier said than done. When packing up your home, it is a good idea to have a strategy and stick to it. Yet, what happens when you start packing rooms that are a nightmare to pack? For instance, like your cluttered basement. No worries! We are here to give you a few beneficial tips on how to tackle packing your basement.
Why would your basement be the most difficult room to pack?
If you have lived somewhere long enough, you might not even notice that you have turned your basement into storage. There you will store all the things that you might need one day, but not at the moment. Sooner or later this room might end up looking like a junkyard. Especially if you transform your attic into your hobby room, this is the only room left to be used as storage. Surely, it is practical to have a room like this in the house. Yet, when the time comes to pack it, it might give you slight anxiety. However, don't despair! Let the anxiety pass and follow our tips. With our help, you will pack your basement in no time.
Start with packing the basement
Packing and preparing for a move is a long and exhausting process. Since we've already mentioned that the basement might be the most challenging room to pack, that should be the place to start. Grab the bull by the horns and get to work. When you start packing, you might still feel fresh and excited about your move. However, the closer moving day approaches, the more exhausted you will likely be. The last thing you want is to pack this room last. Believe us when we say it might bring you to tears if you do it in that order. You will see that packing this room will be more tiring than the worst workout at the gym. You will need extra relaxation time after this packing workout
Pack only what you really need
When packing up your home, you will face one very difficult task that most people dread. Decluttering! It might be the last thing that you need at that point but unfortunately, it is a must. The last thing you want is to bring unnecessary stuff into your new beautiful home. So, you can imagine that your basement will be quite a challenge in this department as well. The easiest way to handle this task is to make piles. Your piles would be for tossing, donating, recycling, selling and of course, items that you would like to keep. Keep in mind one very important thing: getting rid of clutter can be an emotional journey. Thus, once you are done you might feel liberated and emotionally reenergized.
Be careful when packing your exercise equipment
If you are a gym rat, at some point you might have put together a little gym at your place. It must be nice to save a trip or two to the actual gym on the other side of town. Certainly, there was no better place than the basement to store your workout stuff. Your obsession with exercises that you can do at home might have ended, but your equipment is still there. Since you are packing up your home, it is time for it to go with you. Larger items like a treadmill must be broken down into smaller pieces so your movers can transport it. Smaller items like dumbbells can be easily packed. Nevertheless, be conscious when packing. You don’t want your boxes to be too heavy.
Starting on time is key when packing up your home
Whatever you may be packing, you want to start as soon as possible. Yet, this is especially true when packing your basement since there are a lot of things you need to go through. So, packing, decluttering, sorting and everything else will rob you of your time. Even if your move is a short distance one, you still want to do this the right way without rushing. One wrong move during packing can cause your things to get damaged. Even worse, if they are not packed properly, someone can get hurt in the process. For example, if the boxes are too heavy and overpacked. Packing is a serious endeavor so treat it as such.
Gather packing materials and supplies
You might think that you are only packing your basement junk and you do not need serious and adequate packing supplies. This is a big misconception. First, if you are categorizing something as junk, that means that you shouldn’t take it to your new home at all. Second, transporting household items securely is the most important thing during packing. You want to make sure that your items can be safely loaded, transported and unloaded at your new home. The last thing you want is to be unpacking boxes and realize that half of the things in them are shattered to pieces.
Where to get packing materials?
For packing your basement, you will mostly need boxes. Ask family and friends for assistance. You will be surprised by how many people have old boxes stored in their houses. Also, local restaurants and stores get rid of boxes every day. Therefore, they can lend you a hand as well. In the end, you might purchase only a few packing supplies.
Once you are done with packing up your basement…
When packing up your home you need to mentally prepare yourself that it will not happen overnight, and you will need to put in a lot of effort. However, you are starting with the most difficult room, your basement. This will give you great motivation to keep on going and tackle the next room in your home. Happy packing!
Maria DePalo works and lives in Charleston, South Carolina. She works as a content writer in her family firm that is focused on professional moving and storage. Maria writes all of their website content and marketing material. She prefers to be a part of their family business in a creative way. When she is not working, she spends her spare time with her husband, daughter, and dog. Their favorite thing to do is take walks by the water.