Organized Basement Tour

Take a tour of our organized basement, packed full of brilliant organization ideas to help you organize your own storage spaces!

How to Organize a Messy Basement

I am SO excited to share our organized basement tour with you today! This may not be the “prettiest” space I’ve ever created, but it was definitely one of the more challenging spots that I’ve ever organized.

Organized Basement Tour

The Basement Before

As storage spaces usually do, our basement had become a catch-all for all of the random things we didn’t have any other place for. Whenever I was working on another room in our house and came across something I didn’t know what to do with, I would throw it in the basement, which left us with a space that looked like this…

Messy Basement Before Photo
Unorganized Basement Storage Before Photo
Unorganized Basement Workshop

It was such a mess down there that I put off even starting the organization project for over a year because I was so intimidated by all there was to do! At the beginning of this year, though, I resolved to get the basement organized once and for all. And though it took much longer than I had planned, I am thrilled to say that it is finally finished!

Creating Zones

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Our basement is unfinished, and we don’t have any plans to finish it off in the near future. We have plenty of “hang out” space upstairs, and right now the basement is serving us well for three main purposes: storage, DIY projects, and sports/activities.

Since the basement has a fairly large footprint, we split it into zones to keep it organized and maximize the space for each of the purposes it fulfills.

Basement Floor Plan

The part of this project that ended up taking a long time was decluttering allllllllll of the many items that we didn’t need anymore. We made a conscious effort to donate or give away as much as we possibly could, and then we used a Bagster bag to get rid of the remaining items that we couldn’t find a home for.

Once we had gotten rid of everything we were no longer using, it was time to put the spaces back together and get organizing!

Basement Workshop and Tool Storage

When I posted about our organized garage, I had so many people say, “But where do you keep your tools?!”

Ping Pong Table, Tools, and DIY Supplies in an Organized Basement

“In the basement!” is the answer!

Woodworking workshop in an organized basement

Having Donnie’s workshop in the basement has worked well for us because we can still park both of our cars in the garage, and he can have a place to work on projects all the time that he doesn’t have to tear down and set back up.

Since he is using a saw in the enclosed basement, he researched and invested in a dust collection system (He uses this and this.) so that he wasn’t getting sawdust everywhere every time he does a project.

Workbench and saw in an organized basement workshop

We used Gladiator shelves to hold his toolboxes so he can easily find what he needs. Donnie did a detailed post on his favorite toolboxes and tool storage systems here.

Organized Toolboxes on Gladiator Shelves in an Organized Basement

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Organizing DIY Supplies

On the other side of the steps, we have room for storing the rest of our DIY supplies. We do a lot of projects around here! 🙂

DIY Supplies in an Organized Basement

One of the projects we’re currently working on is framing in all of the windows in our house and changing out the trim work. We have a lot of trim waiting to be installed, so we are using these wall brackets to keep everything organized and the floor as clear as possible.

Organized Wood Trim Pieces, Basement Organization

This section of the basement also holds our painting and tiling supplies, again on Gladiator shelving. I did a detailed post on organizing our painting and tiling supplies here.

Organized Painting and Tiling Supplies

Basically I separated everything by category and used simple plastic containers to corral like items.

Our entire house was stark builder white when we moved in, so we have been slowly working on painting each and every room– which is why we have so much paint! Once we’ve gotten everything painted, we’ll be able to pare down our paint stash.

Organized Paint, Basement Organization

We also have spots to store painting accessories like brushes, rollers, and painter’s tape.

Painting Supplies in an Organized Basement

We’ve always done our tiling projects ourselves and are planning one in the not-too-distant future, so we kept all of our grout and accessories on hand.

Grout and Tiling Supplies in an Organized Basement

We had to work around a few pipes in this corner– they are rough-ins for a bathroom down here if we ever choose to add one at a later time. Thankfully our spare tiles from various areas of the house fit neatly around the most intrusive pipe!

Tile and Grouting Supplies in an Organized Basement

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Hockey Area

Our oldest son Connor is hockey obsessed, so we wanted to make sure he had an area where he could work on his shooting and stick handling no matter what the weather is like outside. (We have a lot of snowy and rainy days here in Pittsburgh, PA!)

Originally this area had insulation on all of the walls like the rest of the basement, but after a few too many run-ins with hockey pucks, it was sagging pretty badly…

Basement Hockey Area Before Photo

We removed the damaged insulation– hopefully the concrete walls will be able to stand up to the abuse of hockey puck after hockey puck being pummeled at it!

Basement Hockey Area for Shooting and Stick Handling

This storage cart holds Connor’s stick handling accessories, spray for his hockey tiles, and pucks and balls in the big bin.

Rolling Cart with Hockey Accessories in an Organized Basement

We are also holding on to some furniture that friends of ours may use in the near future, so it is lined up along the walls in this area as well.

Extra Furniture in an Organized Basement

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Ping Pong Area

Donnie and his dad love to play ping pong, but with our basement being such a mess, they haven’t had any room for the table, so they were glad to get their spot back!

Ping Pong Table in an Organized Basement

This IKEA KALLAX unit ended up being the perfect storage spot for their ping pong balls and other accessories.

IKEA KALLAX Storage Unit with Ping Pong Supplies

This area of the basement also includes a decent sized nook under the stairs. It will mainly be the storage spot for our luggage, but since it is still cold outside, we also currently have our deck furniture stored there. It is fit together like Tetris back in that little spot!

Under the Stairs Storage in an Organized Basement

Storage Space for Seasonal Decor and Sentimental Items

Finally, the basement nook under our sunroom holds our bins of seasonal decor, hand-me-downs, and our sentimental items.

Storage Shelves in an Organized Basement

Since we were storing this dresser anyway, I thought it would be the perfect way to organize the boys’ hand-me-downs. I separated all of the clothes by size and used the filing method (aka the KonMari method) to maximize space in each drawer.

Drawer of Hand-Me-Down Clothing File Folded with the KonMari Method

To store all of our bins of decor, we again went with the Gladiator shelving.

Bins of Christmas Decor in an Organized Basement

When I posted a picture of my Christmas bins in my Instagram stories, I think I offended some people with the number of bins I had! In my defense, though, I do Christmas home tours on the blog every year, and they would be pretty boring if they were always exactly the same, right?!

Bins of Sentimental Items and Christmas Bins, Basement Organization

I basically have a set of traditional red and green Christmas decor and a set of neutral Christmas decor that I pull from each year, hence the number of bins. 🙂

Along with our Christmas bins and trees in bags, each member of our family has one bin that holds their sentimental items. I talked about decluttering our sentimental items in detail in this post.

Bins of Mementos and Sentimental Items in an Organized Basement

I labeled all of our bins with labels I made using my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and adhesive vinyl. You can get more details about my label-making process here.

Labeled Bins, Bins Created with a Silhouette Cameo and Adhesive Vinyl

Finally, one last shelf holds our spring and fall decor and some pieces we use for parties or get-togethers. I have a few wreath boxes on the top shelf, and I even have a completely empty bin up there, so we still have room to grow!

Bins of Seasonal Decor in an Organized Basement

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So that’s our organized basement! It may have taken a while, but it feels great to finally have it done and be able to find what we need quickly and easily.

Let’s take a look at the “before and afters”:

Organized Basement Workshop Before and After
Hockey Shooting Area Before and After
Organized Basement Storage Area Before and After
Organized Basement Storage Before and After

If you missed any of the previous posts about our basement organization project, you can catch up here:

How to Start an Overwhelming Organizing Project

The KonMari Method: Organizing Sentimental Items

Top 10 Best Tool Storage Systems for Organizing Your Workshop

How to Organize Paint Supplies

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Have you ever had an organizing project that seemed to take forever? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Happy Organizing!

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  1. Ellen | Ask Away Blog says:

    So we are finishing our basement and as soon as it’s done i can’t wait to do this to mine! good job girl!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Ellen! Have fun with your project!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World says:

    Be still my heart! I swear, we’re kindred spirits! This is GOALS!! I wish so badly that we had a basement. I can’t even imagine how wonderful it must be to have that extra space!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      It really has been a game changer for us. Our townhouse had almost zero storage area in the basement so I can totally relate!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Your basement looks great! I know you worked hard on that, but well worth it in the end. And to add to the amount of decor bins it all depends on how you decorate and to what level and the size of your home.I have more bins than you just for Christmas and I put up multiple trees, decorate our whole home and I have a large home, so keep it in perspective. We all have stuff, but it is nice when it’s organized and tidy!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Barbi! That makes me feel better! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  4. I love how this looks! I have 20 yrs of collected colored bins! I wish they had the see through back when I started. It looks so much better and you know at a glance what’s in them instead of looking for a label or peaking in!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yes! The clear bins really have been SO helpful!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Abby this is beyond amazing! Such a huge project and you nailed it! So so good! Loved this post! ??????

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thanks so much, sweet friend! Hope you have the best week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  6. My basement is my next project. Thank you for sharing. If you can do it, so can I. You have even more stuff than I do. ? Always love to see what you are up to. You are an inspiration…and such a sweet gal!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You are TOO sweet! Thanks so much, Patrice. Have an awesome week!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Just coming over from You Tube. Looks great, Abby! Garages are so much work! It takes hours to sort the tools, screws and nails alone! Love your paint roller storage and pinned those. You are so lucky to have a husband that can add all of that trim work. That can be so expensive to hire out. Well done. Everything looks beautiful and perfectly organized!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Sue! I really am blessed to have Donnie! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Janella Bolding says:

    Wow!!!! What a great job you did Abby!! It looks phenomenal ????? That looks like it was a lot of work but well worth it my friend!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Janella! It really feels SO great to have it all done! 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Wow, this is a thing of beauty lol I love an organised space so much. I must admit I am moving away from having to organise my belongings though and getting as minimal as possible. I currently have one third of my room length, mirrored, wardrobes for everything apart from clothes, décor items, photo albums etc, it took me months to get down to that though, and within the next months I want to halve it again. I feel so free and less stressed now I have so much less stuff, even my clothing is down to one third of my fitted wardrobes and three small drawers for underwear, pjs and socks. I am shocked how doing it has affected me emotionally for the better as I was always very organised, I just had too much stuff…but I still appreciate a beautiful organisation job like your basement. x

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You go girl! It always feels so good to purge, doesn’t it? 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  10. Your basement looks great. I am just curious, but why did you decide not to finish the ceiling and walls. Is your basement meant for storage and not for living?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Melissa! We may finish it in the future, but we have plenty of living space upstairs and the basement is serving us well how it is right now! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  11. Tamara from BetterBuyerSavvySeller says:

    OMG! I was just in our basement storage area earlier this week and even though it USED to be organized, we got lazy and it’s back to being a mess. Ugh. Your pictures are a good reminder that I can have a beautifully organized basement storage area. Woosah.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Tamara! Have a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  12. Ashley Orfe says:

    I love the way you have bins for sentimental items. I have several areas where I keep sentimentals so I’m looking forward to combining them all together!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      It has been a great system for us. So glad it was helpful for you, Ashley!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Your basement looks great. You did some very hard work. Great organization.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Robin! Hope you’re having a great week! <3

      ~Abby =)

  14. Organized and tidy – it’s my goal.I want to do everything to achieve it. It is my next project, just after bathroom changes 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You go girl!! It will feel so good when it’s finished!

      ~Abby =)

  15. You go girl! It always feels so good to purge, doesn’t it? ?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      SO good! Love it! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  16. ‘Great job! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      Thanks for reading, Jean! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  17. Carla from Kansas says:

    I want to know how you keep it so clean. My stuff gets so dusty in the basement!

    1. Abby Lawson says:

      We sweep it out every once in a while, and it’s definitely not perfect, but it doesn’t seem to get too terrible! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week, Carla!

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