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Basement Organizing Checklist

Create a safe and uncluttered storage space in your basement by following these easy steps.

Assess the clutter.Start by creating three categories: keep, donate, and toss. As you work your way through the items in the basement, assign each one to a category. If you rarely use a piece, it’s probably a good candidate to donate or toss.

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Illustration of an attic floor in a house

Attic Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the clutter.
  • Donate or toss.
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Key holder hanging on the wall

Mail-Organizing Checklist

  • Create an in-box.
  • Set up a recycling bin.
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White towels

Linen Closet Organizing Checklist

  • Assess your closet.
  • Rejigger the height of your shelves.
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Food on a shelf

Pantry Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the contents.
  • Store foods systematically.
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Green hangers

Clothing Closet Organizing Checklist

  • Edit your wardrobe.
  • Decide what to store.
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An organized closet

Closet Organization Checklist

  • Install double rods.
  • Add a valet hook.
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Blue and red decorated room

Organizing the Bedroom Checklist

  • Stock the nightstand drawer.
  • Use under-the-bed space.
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Ryobi drill

Home Renovation Checklist

  • Make a wish list.
  • Determine your budget.
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White towels

14 Things to Do Before Houseguests Arrive

  • Have a spare key made.
  • Make the bed with clean sheets.
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Interior of a dollhouse

Home Buying Checklist

  • Decide how much you can spend.
  • Check your credit reports to find out your status.
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Toys on a white tablecloth

Before-You-Sell Checklist

  • Collect all the components.
  • Make everything look like new.
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Turquoise living room with various blue accent pieces

Budget Decorating Checklist

  • Paint a piece of furniture that needs freshening up.
  • Paint one wall.
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Three keys

Sell Your Home Checklist

  • Make small fixes.
  • Decide whether to work with an agent or self-sell.
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General Tools 10-inch Hawk one-hand ratcheting pipe wrench

Tool Kit Checklist

  • A putty knife:
  • A standard flat-nose claw hammer:
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Illustration of woman looking at a price tag

Tag Sale Supplies Checklist

  • Clear signs.
  • Money to make change.
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moving-boxes

Moving Checklist

  • Sort and purge.
  • Research.
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Bag filled with gardening supplies

9 Steps to Planting a Garden

  • Assess your exposure.
  • Designate your planting areas.
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Newsletter checklist

Complete these seven chores before hitting the hay and you'll be better prepared for whatever the day throws at you.

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