I mentioned recently that we started some new traditions in 2012 and we set some goals for 2013. The first goal was family days, and our second goal is to conquer the mess that is our basement. Now, my lovely mom tackled this with me soon after Mark and I got married.
At that point, though, I technically couldn’t get rid of anything until I’d lived here a year (because of immigration/importing things). So, we just put stuff on shelves, etc.
Then, last year, we had an unexpected flood. A lot of stuff was off the floor, but there were some cardboard boxes that got wet. Our basement is miserable (barely 6 feet tall) and I was pregnant, so we just repacked stuff and left it for another day. In the meantime, we just kept adding stuff down there. We have made some attempts to clean it up, but it’s really been more about moving stuff around instead of getting rid of stuff.
It’s now gotten to the point of ridiculous. So, our family goal for 2013 is to conquer this mess once and for all. We’re going to get rid of stuff (kijiji, garage sales, trash, donations, whatever). Hopefully we can make a little bit of money, take stock of what we have, and make that space a little more functional (it’s never going to be the star of the house, but…). Did I mention getting rid of stuff?
I’ve also decided that I’m going to work on making our home more homey this year by working on 1 room per month, and hopefully by going through the basement, I can find things that can be used for that goal (helloooooo pinterest).
Anyway, to kick off this project, I decided to make a video, highlighting just how bad it really is:
(sorry- you don’t really get a comprehensive view).
I’m happy to report that we’ve started this- we tackled the random home improvement shelves…kind of. We sorted all of the stuff into tool boxes, made a small pile to give away and will ask my dad to go through the stuff with us this spring and tell us how much of it we can get rid of (it feels like we own a hardware store. Which is ironic because it’s not like we’re expert DIY’ers. let’s be honest: we’re not even amateurs!) oh, and I folded the laundry and took a bunch of random boxes for recycling. Baby steps!