I am stiff and sore from all the work we’ve done in the basement. But it feels wonderful to have accomplished so much. There was no way I could have gotten that done by myself. Weell…..I could have but it would have taken much longer. I may not have been as inclined to eliminate as I was……
I think what really helped the most was that no one pushed me into it…..as far as discarding things. Everyone was encouraging and didn’t quibble if I wanted to keep something. I spoke to my friend Charlene who does organizing….(she is 800 miles away) she so desperately wanted to be here “Having all the fun” as she describes it….:) I didn’t ask to save anything until we got to the kids baby things.
I paired down 10 boxes to 4. She informed that was too much. One box per child. I explained that three boxes had special blankets that had been made for them. A select number of outfits and such. The fourth box has all the baby items like books, cards and some very special gifts. I got the okay on that one.
We needed to move a big brown shelf that had been sitting in the toy room into the laundry room. It has these very deep shelves and is perfect for storing blankets and sheets. In order to do THAT….we had to empty the laundry room!!! Yikes!!
The guys need to finish putting the toys away on the shelves. Randy will then move the computers into the toy room. We have a long table set up that will allow him to put in three work stations. They also have their game table that was a gift(which Randy doesn’t like….).
The main part of the basement is almost completed. There are several boxes of books that need to be sorted and put away. All the school books have gotten mixed in with the regular reading books. That can be done once everything else is finished.
Where the computers are now will be the sewing area. All the material is being sorted and put into the shelf that has the perfect cubbies for storage.
The piano downstairs has moved next to the wall so it is no longer hogging up all the floor space. I would like to create a little reading area which we will do once all the boxes of books are cleared out.
All that needs to done on the school side of the basement are the books sorted. We need to pull the curriculum that is no longer being used off the shelves.
We should be totally finished with the downstairs by tomorrow (I hope!). Then I can get back to doing what I started upstairs.
Once this is all done and over with we will be on maintenance. The kids have all been a big help lugging boxes and such.
I have some before and after pictures but am not sure that I will post the before. I have been ashamed to even let anyone go downstairs.
I will think about it…..maybe it will be encouraging to someone else in our position to see that it can be done……just bring some of your close friends in to help.
I just thought I would put in an update on what we are doing and how it is been going……..