Get Rid of Your Junk With This Basement Cleaning Checklist

The basement is a problematic room in the American home. It’s so easy to throw stuff down into the basement and then forget all about it, isn’t it? Yet this can quickly lead to a whole lot of clutter and a neglected basement. One in four Americans has a problem with clutter, so if this sounds like you, it’s time to clean your basement! Yet where do you even start: it’s a big space and you probably have a lot of junk down there. Our basement cleaning checklist is here to save the day. We’re going to take a look at a methodical way to clean your basement and gain a whole other room in your home.

Are you ready to learn more? Then snap on a pair of rubber gloves and keep reading!


1. Work Section by Section

The first step to a clean basement is a plan of action. You should divide your basement into segments and work from one side to the other.

This way, you can ensure that every part of your basement gets cleaned and you don’t get overwhelmed with too many tasks. It can also help motivate you, if you can see a clean area behind you, you know what this area will look like when you’re done.

2. Divide Items Up Into Groups

For each section, you should take a look at every single item that’s taking up space, no matter how big or small. Then you should divide it into one of three different piles:

  • Items that you want to keep in the basement
  • Items that you want to store somewhere else
  • Items that you can do without

Try not to be sentimental here, if possible. If you’ve got an item that you or your family haven’t used for over a year or haven’t ever used, then you can probably get rid of it, unless it’s an heirloom or has other serious sentimental value.

This doesn’t mean that you should just toss these items in the trash, however. Everyday items should be given to Goodwill or another thrift store, where they can raise money for a good cause and help someone else out.

If you’ve got an item that you think could be worth some money, then you should Google around and see whether it’s valuable or not. If it is, then keep it and sell it!

3. Get Rid of Trash

While we’d recommend tossing most stuff out, there are going to be some items that no one will want and that are taking up space. With these kinds of items, you don’t really have any other option but to throw them out.

Depending on the amount of trash that you’ve got in your basement, you may want to consider hiring a roll off dumpster. These can handle a whole lot of trash and save you from having to make a visit to your local garbage dump. You can just fill the dumpster up and then have the rental company come and pick it up for you.


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4. Reorganize Your Items

Now that you know what you’re going to keep, it’s time to reorganize it. This will make it a lot easier to access your useful items in the future and you won’t ever be stuck wondering where something has got to.

We’d recommend investing in some transparent plastic storage bins. These let you easily see what stuff is where, so they’re perfect for a large-scale reorganization.

You may find other storage equipment such as space organizers useful, too.

We’d also recommend grabbing a label gun while you’re at it. These make reorganization easier, especially if you’re using storage bins that aren’t transparent.

5. Basement Cleaning 101

Now that you’ve reorganized your basement and know what you are and aren’t keeping, it’s time to clean your basement. This is quite a big job, so we’ve broken it down into several sections.

Cleaning Lighting

Lights are an absolute magnet for dust and dirt. Takedown any light fittings and clean them off with soapy water. Depending on the fixture, you may even be able to put it in the dishwasher!

You should also check whether any light bulbs need to be replaced. You should also dust the lightbulbs with a microfiber cloth.

Cleaning the Walls

Now it’s time to clean the walls of your basement, including the windows and baseboards! These areas can get really dirty, so grab some soapy water and get ready to scrub. We’d recommend using a soft cloth and not rubbing too hard, as you can rub away paint quite easily.

Use a specialized window cleaner on the windows and let them air dry.

Clean Your Cupboards

You’ve organized everything into cupboards and other kinds of storage. Now it’s time to make sure these are spotless!

Dust them and if you find any dirt, clean them with soapy water and a soft cloth.

Clean Vents and Curtains or Blinds

Vents can get filthy, so we’d recommend that you vacuum them first before trying to wipe them clean. Once you’ve removed any excess dust, you can wipe them clean with soapy water.

Curtains can be laundered and then hung out to dry. Blinds should be put into the open position and then dusted.

Vacuum Your Basement

Now that you’ve dusted everything and have a clean basement, there’s only one job left. Some of that dust will have fallen onto the floor, so grab a vacuum cleaner and run it across the entire basement.

Get a Clean Basement With Our Cleaning Checklist

We hope that you’ve found this basement cleaning checklist helpful. Put our tips into practice and you’ll have a spotless, less cluttered basement in no time at all. It might sound like a lot of work, but spread it over a few days and you’ll be surprised how quickly you get it done.

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