WARNING – this post is not pretty, but something I know most of us have to deal with every once in a while. I decided to declutter my basement over the weekend and I can tell you that it is liberating now that it is behind me. I still have more to do, but this was one of the biggest problem areas in my house.
One of my readers Eileen, wrote to me after I posted about my resolution to “edit” more this year. She simply stated that “clutter” is exhausting. I could not agree with her more and had to start tackling some of the visual clutter in my house. You may have noticed that I didn’t have a post last Friday. This is because I am sticking to my goal to edit, edit, edit. It has taken me all weekend to get my basement back into shape.
Here are the “BEFORE” photos.
But wait – there’s more…Basement Clutter Zones 3, 4, and 5!
Yes – it is everywhere – the basement a.k.a… the dumping ground. It was driving me crazy and I had to take the time to get it under control before I move onto anything else. I had to make the decision to edit and keep at it to free my mind so I can concentrate on new projects. I edited – until I was left with this-
The furniture in the finished section of the basement is going to go to my daughters who will both be getting an apartment come Spring/Summer. I plan on helping them paint the furniture to their liking and set them each up using lots of hand-me downs as well as some new stuff. What they don’t want or use will then be donated. (Here are some links to those projects — Wooden Dresser, Corner Cabinet, Colorful Kitchen Chairs, Grandma’s Desk.)
Below is the unfinished section of the basement – for storage. I still have lots of “stuff” as I am not sure if we will have to move or not and I may want some of these items. Living in limbo is no fun.
Some of the stuff, I am sure my daughters will take – my youngest already has dibs on the big blue floor vase. I know where everything is now and have separated it into departments so that when I go down to my basement now, it will feel like a shopping experience :) All the florals and wreaths are hanging from the ceiling in marked bags – fall – spring, etc. All my painting supplies are in the back corner and separated in baskets. On the opposite side of this wall is a workbench and a wall of tools and a row of little cubbies of drawers for nails and stuff. The fabric area – is hidden. It is under the steps in a little cubby area in the wall behind where the bags are hanging.
This metal shelf (the leaning tower of craft) holds all crafty stuff that I use. Each basket has a certain type of item in it. I hate throwing any of this away, as it is the little bits and pieces that always come in handy when doing a project that save me a trip to Michaels or Lowes. Since creating is my business – I need this stuff and hope to organize it better soon. I didn’t want to spend money to buy any new organizing totes – I just used what I had and still have a few empties on the top.
Under all that clutter – there was a desk – a very pretty one that I found one afternoon while driving down a neighboring street. It was placed at the curb in front of a house with a sign that said – FREE. I had to stop and take a look – it was perfect – except for the color – which I know some of you would like, but I have a new vision for it.
When the homeowner saw that I was interested, she came out of her house and helped me put it in my car. I told her I would give her some money for it, but she said, “No, please just take it – you are doing me a huge favor”. As the saying goes – “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
I love the shape and it has a big drawer in the front. I plan on switching the big partner’s desk in my studioffice with this. (Check out the finished project here!)
I am sooooo excited about this project. I plan on starting very soon. If we have to move, I will have to stage my studioffice and the big desk would have to go anyway, so I am getting a head start. If we stay, I will get to enjoy my newly designed space.
I have always wanted a pretty desk and am going to re-design my studioffice to try to get it closer to my vision of something like this.
All the unwanted clutter is bagged up and in my car. As soon as I press “POST” on my computer, I am off to the trash, consignment, and Goodwill to unload the bags and bags of stuff I cleaned out.
How are you doing on your resolution or word for the year? If you would like to read about how others are trying to make their lives better you will find tons of inspiration over at The Lettered Cottage. Layla is having a link up about “words” for the year. Going through them makes you realize we are not alone in our quest to fulfill our goals and dreams so we can create better lives for ourselves. I enjoyed reading them.