The first major renovation project on our to-do list is to refinish our basement. For the first two years we lived here we battled with a wet basement. Last year we had it waterproofed but it is still a basement. Even if we may be a few years out from beginning the refinishing project, we still desperately need the space to be useful. So, I spend one weekend each year giving it a thorough cleaning. Here are the before photos of my disorganized, chaotic basement:
|The empty corner where our yard sale pile used to be.|
|The Laundry Area|
|This is embarrassing.|
|We apparently have a cardboard box collection.|
Well... now that was
- Invite my mom over. I didn't have her this year to help but she was a HUGE help last year when I cleaned my basement for the very first time... maybe ever. While I stare at a pile of mess wondering what to do, my mom jumps right in and gets it done! She can be bribed with coffee.
- Wear a pair of work/gardening gloves. I'm not a huge fan of touching dirty, dusty things and I'm definitely not a fan of touching cobwebs or spiders but for some reason gloves make it all okay.
- Buy or borrow a shop vac. This is necessary! I used our shop vac with 3 extenders to get all the cobwebs from the rafters. It's also necessary to give the floor a good vacuuming before finishing.
- Get some background noise going! Whether its plugging in your Ipod, inviting a friend over to girl talk and keep you company or turning on the TV, something entertaining will keep you motivated and make the time fly by more quickly. I spent 8 hours one day in the basement and ended up watching 5 movies (4 of which were musicals that I happen to know all the words to- "Tomorrow, tomorrow, the spiders are gone, Tomorrow....").
I do have a lot of stuff. A... lot... of stuff. I know that. But I do not have 397 boxes of pasta. I bought almost all of our household items during college. I knew I was going to spend my money on something and figured it was a better investment to buy household items as I found great clearance and sale prices than more clothing. As a result, once I moved out of my parents house, I had everything I needed to set up house and didn't have to buy anything from Walmart! Woo-hoo! My husband and I entertain often and have cookouts/bonfires frequently during the summer so I put everything I have to good use.
Now, onto the wonderfully organized, bright, clean, cheerful after photos! (Click photos to view larger)