There’s a good chance we could all use some more storage in our homes. There are some simple storage solutions you can add to your basement that will make your space more organized. Whether you use your lower level for storage only or also as a living space, here are 11 ideas for organizing your basement..

#1 Use Empty Space

Put that empty space under the stairs to use with a built-in storage solution. Once your basement is finished, use the space to store toys or movies.

#2 Stairwell Storage

Think of your stairwell as an extension of your basement. If there’s room, we can add a couple floating shelves and hooks for a little extra storage.

#3 Plastic Bins

Instead of cardboard boxes, go with plastic bins to store seasonal items or things you don’t use regularly. Plastic bins will do a better job at keeping moisture out and are easy to label and move around on shelves..

#4 Add Cubbies

If you have kids, you can add some cubbies to store toys, books and art supplies. You can add some bins to hide items, such as remotes and cables that you may not want to see displayed. Depending on your space, you can also use the design as a media console.

#5 Custom Built-in Storage

If you want to use your finished basement as living space, you certainly want to keep things organized and looking good. Try a custom built-in storage system for odds and ends. Try a mix of open shelves, drawers and cabinets that will make straightening up easier.