I did a fun project over the holidays organizing a client's basement that was a perpetual flooder for many years. While the couple was finally able to get the water problem corrected, it meant that most of the basement had never been organized. Fortunately, that's my jam. We started from scratch and I designed organizational units specifically for the items that needed storing.
We went through every item in the basement. We got rid of A LOT. The result was this:
Tool Area Before - I find that most tool areas in people's home are largely ineffective. It's very tedious to organize every last nail and so instead, items get put away haphazardly only to get lost in the chaos when you need it again.
Shelving Area After - Each item is placed next to others in their related category (painting supplies, electric, etc)
Tool Area After - Chaos no more. This is how a tool area should look!
Crawl Space Before - Like most families who have lived in the same home for many years, this is where those miscellaneous items, seemed to retire to. We purged a lot and then maximized the space so you could easily access everything that's still stored there.
Crawl Space After - Customized an Elfa freestanding shelving unit in order to maximize the wall in the crawl space area for rarely used items like camping equipment.
Laundry Room Before - This area wasn't bad, I just cleaned it up by removing empty detergent bottles and items not relevant to doing laundry.
Laundry Room After
Laundry Room Before - This area was more of a makeshift counter and hang space. I just designed a unit that wouldn't be so bulky and was a little more visually appealing.
Laundry Room After - And voila! [Please ignore the garbage we had yet to remove...]