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Operation Basement

March 19, 2012
by thenestinggame

If you come here to see pretty pictures, I’m sorry. I have none of those today. What I do have is 2 days worth of work that ain’t glamorous, but had to be done.

I may have mentioned my little hoarding problem. (This is the inside of our Greg Brady basement bedroom.)

Well by the end of the weekend, it looked like this:

Let’s take a little tour. Here is where we keep “things for the outside.” Note, I do not use these things.

And here it is now:

Here’s the workbench area before. (Also made with tree stumps!)

And after:

Our paint area before. Though it was easy to access, it was kind of in the way and the hoard just kept growing.

We figured this area by the workbench would be a better spot for our collection.

So we cleaned it out and moved the paint over.

Yes we have a chandelier in our basement. Two, actually. We are very fancy pants. And here’s the old paint area, with room to breathe.

Our garden gear relocated from the floor to the shelving area behind the door. Here’s the before:

And the “after”. (I use this term loosely. The junk in front of the ladder needs to go to the hazardous waste drop-off, wherever that is.)

The wicker dresser was my mom’s. Inside several of the drawers are the rest of the dishes from the plate wall collection. Since I can’t throw anything away, the other boxes contain my old hand-me-down dinnerware, glasses and extra new glasses I bought/hoarded when I learned the ones from our registry were being discontinued.

So, I bet you’re wondering what happened to all the stuff from the first picture? Like “Who shot J.R.?” kind of wondering. (Anyone going to watch the new Dallas?) First, we cleaned out this area.

Then we picked up some heavy duty shelving and storage bins at Home Depot on a thrilling St. Patty’s day night. Upside: no hangover. And then I played shelving Tetris.

That Garage Sale sign just showed up. Neither of us know where it came from. Is the sign a sign? If so, I’m ignoring it for a little while. Though I do have a pile of stuff set aside for Taylor’s Mom’s big sale in October. Ikea lampshades, anyone?

To the right is our laundry area. No, we don’t have 4 washers and dryers. I mean, we do have┬áthem, but only one set is connected.

I even cleaned my cleaning area, getting rid of a lot of inherited supplies that I knew I’d never use and reallocating a shoe rack from inadequately storing Halloween gear to storing….wait for it….shoes. From Justin:

To Kelly:

Meanwhile, my stepmom sent me 5 impeccably packed boxes (think bubble-wrapped crayons from Houlihan’s) filled with my childhood. It was fun going through them. And a little agonizing. I saved some key dolls, clothes, books, toys (Pass the Nuts!), notes and games, but the thing I was most exited to see was my Bissell-ette!

Taylor was like, “are you seriously keeping that?” But then he saw that it worked like a champ! I have been obsessively sweeping for 48 hours now.

And remember these? You know you had one.

So that’s a big ol’ thumbs-up on Operation Basement. On Wednesday I will be sharing my secret for making junk disappear.

No, really.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 11:09 am

    N-I-C-E job! Ready to come to out to Denver and do my garage? It looks similar to how your basement looked and since you have all that experience, you’d be perfect at it.

  2. Elaine Smart permalink
    March 19, 2012 11:49 am

    Great job! More fun at our house for St. Pat’s Week-end Celebration!
    The family really missed all of you!
    Where is the artist’s studio? Love that area!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 19, 2012 2:32 pm

      Your Facebook updates certainly were more fun than ours! Glad you had a good weekend.

      The artist’s space is in creative mode—not camera-ready at the moment!

  3. March 21, 2012 11:53 am

    I just did a basement overhaul as well. It sure feels good to have it cleaned out! Good job!

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