In the cellar, I optimize storage like a pro!
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Disordered, the cellar is often overexploited. However, some adjustments and a little elbow grease are enough to transform the cellar into storage space optimized. Follow the advice of a pro to give this piece its true function.
Christmas decoration, ski equipment, garden furniture, bottles of wine ... The cellar can quickly become a "catch-all" piece. If storing is the primary role of this space, do not confuse tidy up and pile up ! Claudine Wayser, author of the book "Ranger: all the practical advice to make peace with her interior" reveals her smart and inexpensive ideas for a well organized cellar. Step by step, turn this black dot into a major asset of your home.
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The book "Ranger: All the practical tips to make peace with her interior" by Claudine Wayser.
1. Evaluate the state of the cellar
In this poorly insulated room, determine the humidity level is essential. In the trade, you will find hygrometers able to measure this rate. If cellars with more than 70% moisture must be rehabilitated by a professional, those with a lower rate may opt for other solutions. Ventilation systems promote air circulation while extractors capture moisture. If they are cheaper, they are more restrictive and will have to be emptied regularly. Claudine Wayser proposes the alternative of heated floors: "they reduce the feeling of humidity but are incompatible with cellars that store wine."
"Mostly, set up the cellar like any room in the house."Although it is intended for storage, it must be pleasant and as comfortable as possible." A small outdoor bench, a table or even better, a service ... These small details will kill the feeling of oppression that can generate The cave. It will be as welcoming as it is practical! "Says the author.
2. Arrange the storage
In a reduced room like the cellar, it is obligatory free floor space. For Claudine Wayser, cellars with sufficient height must favor all-height storage. There are many fastening systems for storing objects and furniture on the wall. If not, install the imposing furniture - like cribs - against the wall, but vertically. Be careful to fix them with hooks and turnbuckles so they do not tumble.
Do not panic, the basement cellars also have their solutions! "It is necessary unclutter the cellar with shelves ", explains Claudine Wayser.If the room is dry, opt for shelves with walls with brackets.If the humidity threatens, it is better to turn to models on feet.So choose the longest wall and the deepest part of your cellar for install a series of storage units along the entire length. This system optimizes space and creates an unparalleled depth of field.
A DIY desire? "You can make a service for a few euros, get pallets and buy four wheels, and once the service is assembled and painted, you will be able to store and move objects more easily."
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3. Select the right materials
Be careful with the storage materials you want to install in a cellar. "I do not recommend wooden shelves, it is a material that gets along badly with household products and does not like the contact of moisture." Plastic and galvanized steel are more robust. But it is the plastic boxes that are the favorite of Claudine Wayser: "it is the most suitable storage because they are resistant and transparent, ultra practical to find without disturbing everything."
The floor and the walls should not be neglected. Forgotten the time of the clay by way of coating, the cellars also have the right to a decent soil! Once the concrete screed has been poured on the existing floor, the vinyls and resins are favored for their resistance to bad weather and shocks. On the wall side, turn to the anti-humidity paints. "You can also play the simplicity and drop colorful fabric-lined plates to add style to the cellar."
4. Organize storage
Once your shelves are installed, do not store anyhow ! "Be meticulous, every product must have a place and a defined category," says Claudine Wayser. Plastic boxes keep papers, haberdashery or party decorations, but must be numbered, or chosen in different colors. For vegetables, decorate the crate with a photo of its contents and a label with the expiry date. DIY accessories, such as screws, find their place in glass jars that protect against rust.
On the other hand, to store wine, honeycombed pots are the most sensible option. Superimposed as a piece of furniture in their own right, they store and protect the wine from light. "The bottles must be kept lying, neck in," adds the author.
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5. Fight the darkness of the cellar
Finally, organized storage goes through adapted lighting. The cellars are often dark, sometimes blind, and have to deal with an artificial light that is not always pleasant. Forget the neon on the ceiling and "think of motion-controlled dimmers and fixtures instead." You can also light the storage. Large retailers sell furniture and shelves with built-in lighting, but they are sometimes expensive. The clip lamps, to be fixed directly on the shelves, are a good alternative. Most are battery powered, an asset for wet cellars that tend to withstand electricity.