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Basement Organization

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009

To help maintain order and keep your belongings in excellent condition while stored in spaces such as a basement, follow these simple tips:

1. Keep linens in an acid-free box and separate with acid-free tissue paper.

2. When it comes to holiday storage, separate your items by holiday. Then, store them in plastic bins, labeled on both sides for easy identification.

3. When storing items, place the heavier items on bottom, lighter items on top.

4. When storing glasses, don't stack them; they can break or scratch or get stuck together.

5. When storing dishes, sort by color and put felt rounds between stacked plates.

6. Go through your items periodically and give away those you don't need.

Our viewer-mail participant was given a Brother P-Touch Labeling System and a Textile Storage Kit from to help in her organization.

Comments (5)

  • Mirianthe 26 May, 2009

    I recommend covering things. You'll wash them anyway, but clean up is so much easier and faster.

  • oldtoyseller 23 May, 2009

    I use coffee flters. They work great.

  • rprmlr77 22 May, 2009

    I use paperplates and they seem to protect them better. :-)

  • rowp 7 Mar, 2009

    Rather than felt I place a paper napkins between plates that I stack and store. Use small cocktail napkins for smaller plates and dinner napkins for plates and platters. I also place cocktail napkins inside of cups that I stack. I reuse the napkins when I return items to stoage.

  • CedarburgFan 4 Mar, 2009

    I really enjoyed the very informative segment today on organizing stored belongings . Your guest was great. I'm sure she has her husband busy right now reframing their storage area.
    Any tips on organizing my extensive collection of vodka bottles?