For those of us with basements, we can’t imagine living without one. They’re the perfect solution for our overflow of stuff. Still, because they’re underground, basements get damp, and that means your storage items can get damp too. Let’s look at how to keep your basement storage items dry, so you can safely pack away what isn’t needed at the moment.
Keep the air moving around items to help keep them dry. This is done in two ways. The first is how you pack everything, and the second is allowing air to circulate throughout the storage area.
When you pack everything really tight, you can fit more in the storage room. However, if it’s too tight, the air can’t flow through your items. Let’s say you’ve got more Christmas decorations than you know what to do with—which many of us do—so you’ve squeezed cheery signs, the artificial tree, and boxes full of ornaments all into one tiny corner. Not even a mouse could sneak in between everything. That’s great for the sake of space but not so great for the sake of an unmolded tree in December.
Make a little space in between storage items, so they can breathe and stay dry.
Don’t Seal the Room Off
Something you don’t often think of is how to effectively close off the storage room. To get rid of moisture, closing off the storage room is counterproductive. Instead, consider a louvered door as the entrance to the area. Louvers come in different sizes, offering variations in privacy and airflow. They’re often designed as exterior doors, but in your basement, they work just as well in a storage area. Don’t seal off the storage room with a solid door that allows no airflow.
Few products out there consist of giant plastic bags which become airtight when you attach the vacuum hose and suck all the air out. These are priceless for basement storage. Clothing, bedding, and towels store really well in a vacuum pack. The cool thing is the items pop right back up when the storage bag is opened.
This probably should be at the top of the list. Don’t even consider storage in your basement without a good dehumidifier. The dehumidifier takes moisture out of the air, creating a dryer environment. They work very well, and you’ll be amazed at the buckets of water you see at the end of each day. Most dehumidifiers have a hose connection, so the moisture runs right into a basement drain, but you can also manually empty the dehumidifier bucket each day.
Use your basement storage area. Don’t let moisture scare you from it. When you use these steps to keep your basement storage items dry, your basement can easily do its part in keeping your house organized.