I have a “not so pretty” post for you today….one that maybe a few of you can relate to since it is an issue for many of us…. clutter and what to do with it.
I am very good about keeping clutter to a minimum in most areas of my house except one…
This is what a MAJOR purge looks like in action. This is happening in real time and has been the focus of my attention over the past few days. I tend to keep stuff thinking I may need it again or will use for a future project. The basement is where these items go.
To make sure I didn’t just rearrange all the stuff to make the room look neat and tidy, I took everything out of boxes and bags and placed it into the middle of the main room of the basement so I had no excuse but to pick each item up and make a decision…
…Keep, Toss, or Donate. Lots of fabric, crafting supplies, household junk, and other stuff that at one time I thought I would need again, but no longer do.
I put all the unused furniture in one corner. Once I get all the smaller items out, I will take some of the pieces to the thrift store only leaving the pieces we keep down here that go outside once Spring arrives.
I placed all the boxes in one area so I can put them back into use to place all the “toss” and “donate” items in, which will make carrying all the junk to the curb or thrift store easier.
The rebounder and Nordic Track will go up to the new Fitness Room.
The stuff I am keeping is all going to be put in clear bins with big labels and placed on shelves in the unfinished section of the basement that is through the door in the photo above. I will show you that in an update post once I get it completed.
This will leave me with one item that I am not sure what to do with.
I bet you don’t have this in your basement… or perhaps you have something just as unique that has no place to call home.
My daughter, Kelly made this big cat in a college art class. She carved it from a huge block of heavy industrial Styrofoam insulation, and then painted it. I texted her yesterday about what she wanted to do with it. She still wants it.
He doesn’t even have a name. My rule of thumb when I purged my girl’s rooms when they were growing up was if a stuffed animal or doll didn’t have a name it went into a big bag that I kept in the basement for about 6 months. If they never asked for something after that time, out the bag went to a donation center.
So I will place the big cat in an empty corner so he can greet us. Now he/she just needs a name so he can stay on the keeper list. :-)
*You can see how I decluttered my basement a few years ago – it lasted for about 6 months before my Daughter’s brought all their stuff home from travel and college.