Thursday, June 2, 2011


Last weekend, my husband and I had a super-hot date...clean and organize the basement!! Yep, that's right, my sister took the boys for a fun day of playing and hubby and I used the free time to tackle this beast of a project. It has been driving me crazy for ages but we haven't been able to do much about it. I've been in and out of maternity clothes and loaned them to three or four different people (all in the last year). We've had boxes of clothes to big and too small for each boy - and various piles sitting waiting to be sorted into those boxes. We've had guest linens, seasonal linens, my scrapbooking stuff going in and out...large toys, baby items used for a few months then loaned out...then they come back again. Yikes! there were boxes and piles all over the place! We needed time together without having to take care of the boys.
We spent 7 hours and we completed the entire project (which I didn't actually expect) and I am so relieved and so proud of our hard work. I didn't take 'before' pictures (way too scary) but trust me when I say there wasn't a whole lot of walking room...
So, here are my 'after' pictures:
The bottom of the stairs - used to be piled with empty boxes to be saved for packing as well as boxes with my CTMH Idea Books in them, Freezer on the left was piled with lots of party stuff left over from recent birthdays.
Turn the corner at the bottom of the stairs and here's the hall - again, it used to be piled with boxes.
Our storage room - there's even one empty box waiting on the shelf for something to fill it! And...there's nothing on the floor. Miracle!!
The main living and play area. the bench in the back used to be piled with guest linens and baby things and there were various boxes around the perimeter. It's looks so big to us now!
We still aren't quite used to the transformation. Every time one of us walks down there we come back up saying, "whose basement is that?!?!"
 Do you have a room that needs an overhaul or got one recently?


Alison said...

Well done's a great feeling when you have a massive clearout!
Alison xx

humel said...

Hooray!! Good for you :) As you know, I've been doing a fair bit of sorting and decluttering and tidying - there's so much still to be done though.... I think so far it's only The Cupboard Under The Stairs that's completely transformed; the other rooms all have better bits than before though!