The Ultimate Organizing a Basement Quiz

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The Ultimate Organizing a Basement Quiz
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About This Quiz

Monsters may be living in your basement in the form of unsorted papers, old holiday decorations and unused tools. Eliminate your basement monsters by sorting through and organizing your basement contents. Take this quiz and learn how you can free yourself of your basement mess.
What greatly determines the purpose of your basement space?
the size of your basement
whether your basement is furnished or not
A furnished basement is typically used as living quarters, such as a play room or office space. An unfurnished basement is generally used only as storage space.
whether you have kids or not

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What do you need to consider before using your unfurnished basement as storage space?
the size
the humidity and dampness
A damp and humid basement is not a good place to store your items, such as clothes and holiday decorations.
the temperature

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What is an important characteristic of hoarding?
It impacts an individual's functioning
Hoarding involves collecting items to the point that it impacts a person's everyday functioning, such as being able to live and sleep reasonably inside a home.
It limits living quarters.
It causes too much clutter.

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Why should you keep a formal list of items found in your basement?
for organizational purposes
for insurance purposes
both of the above
A formal list and inventory of your possessions can greatly help with organization. It is also important to have this list in the event of an insurance claim.

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Before you begin sorting through your items, you should:
Clear out your basement.
Clear out your basement of all boxes and clutter. This can give you a better idea of the storage space you have and how you want to remodel or reorganize it.
Purchase new boxes.
both of the above

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Basement clutter and disorganization can be a symptom of:
low self-esteem
difficulty letting go
both of the above
Clutter and disorganization can be a sign of mental health concerns, including low self-esteem and difficulty letting go. Organizing your basement may be therapeutic.

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Donate your unwanted items to:
a local thrift store
the Salvation Army
either of the above
Consider donating unwanted items to a good cause. Large organizations, such as the Salvation Army, may also offer a pick-up service free of charge.

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Sort your basement items into:
donate, trash and keep piles
While sorting through your basement items, make three piles: donate, trash and keep. The largest pile will likely be the keep pile.
seasonal items, clothes and keepsake piles
either of the above

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What item should you consider storing in your basement?
wine
Wine ages well in a cool basement. Consider storing your wine in the basement.
legal documents
CDs, DVDs, tapes and videocassettes

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What is a good alternative to the traditional pegboard wall unit?
wire mesh
plastic pegboard
Pegboards have a lot of drawbacks, but you may want to install one anyway. Consider using a plastic pegboard as a better alternative.
either of the above

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