Well, last time I posted pictures of what I thought was my super-messy house, I was told that it wasn’t really THAT bad…So, maybe the same is true for my basement. You be the judge…
Let me be your guide on this Tour O’ Mess.
This is what I see when I enter the basement from the stairs. In the foreground on the left are a bunch of toys that were put away neatly until I let the kids play by themselves downstairs one day. In the back left corner is an ever-growing pile of stuff that I plan to sell in a garage sale someday (hopefully this year). Just to the right of that is the green chair where Luke sits when I cut his hair, and the shop vac we use to clean up afterward. And to the right of that is a big ol’ pile of baby/kid stuff that we can’t get rid of yet. Clockwise toward the front again is a big pile that you shall see more clearly below.
Ah, THE PILE. This pile is basically everything that landed on my counter in the last six months and didn’t find a home upstairs. It got brought downstairs every time I was annoyed at the mess on the counter, and it grew into this monster that takes up all our playspace in the middle of the basement.
This is an area that will one day be a bedroom. It actually used to contain 99% of the stuff (i.e. junk) in the basement.
So, what next? In my dreams, I would buy $1000 worth of Sterlite containers and a filing system and work, work, work until it’s all organized properly. I’m thinking that’s probably not going to happen (the $1000 part, at least). But I do plan to spend some time this weekend just weeding through everything, trying to purge as much as possible.
Here are my questions for you…
1. If you have kids, what do you do with all your kids’ Sunday School papers and artwork? I have LOTS of material to work with, folks. Grace LOVES to color, and the two big kids both bring home multiple papers from church every week. What do you keep, what do you toss, and how do you keep the stuff that’s save-worthy?
2. Toys…Do you keep all your toys out / available all the time, or do you rotate? If you rotate, how do you organize them?
3. Papers…The bane of my existence. It’s easy for me to quickly recycle the obvious junk mail. (Like the cleaning service brochure that we receive periodically that claims, “Life is too short to clean your own home!” That always makes me shake my head and chuckle.) It’s all the other stuff that I have problems with…So, what is your system for not being overrun by papers?
I really love our basement. It has 9′ ceilings and lots of windows, so it doesn’t feel like a dungeon. We could eventually finish 3-4 more bedrooms down there, depending on how we decide to lay it out. I dream of having a beautiful, carpeted playroom for the kids, with plenty of corkboard to display their drawings, and chalkboards and whiteboards on the walls for the artists in them…Ah, I dream…
For now, I’ll be happy if we can just have our bare cement floor back!
Leave me some helpful suggestions…please!