During our 4 year departure, it seems our basement became party central for the renter's teenagers. As in, the police were called to our house twice according to our friends and neighbors. Back to square one. Clean up everything and repaint the floor. Add a guest bedroom and full bath then finish the majority of space as a media room and a hangout for our now teen children. Minus the nightclub inspired antics and elixirs.
|Entrance to the storage room|
On one end of the basement is where the HVAC, water heater and sump pump are located. It would also be the new enclosed storage room for everything. And, literally everything got shoved in here when the construction was taking place. My husband built the shelving ( from 2x4's and plywood) years ago, it was the only thing that saved this space from becoming a total dump! New stuff came in. A few things went out. But, not nearly enough. It was the beginning of Oscar's takeover.
|Things that keep the A&A house comfortable|
Take everything out. Vacuum and mop. I could not bring myself to photograph this part. The contents stretched nearly to the other side of the finished part of the basement!
Paint the floor. Two coats of epoxy. Let it dry for 48 hours.
Implement my 3 D system. Several bags of trash were dumped. Then I held a little tag sale in my basement. I called a few friends who share the same aesthetic as me and they each brought a friend. In case this seems odd, friends & family have shopped my storage room before. They know buying is a necessary part of my work and that I love to scour and hunt. Many of them do not. But, they do enjoy the deep F&F discount! I will on occasion shop my stash for clients. A bed, chair and bulletin board were the first things go back in the spring for this project. Many items were also loaded up in my car and donated to our local thrift store. And, of course I decided to keep a few treasures, such as this wire urn:
|A longtime favorite!|
Create a small work area. Install sheets of pegboard to hang paint supplies and tools.
|Peg board up and floor painted|
|Mr. A&A loves this space!|
Behind the HVAC is a decent amount of useful space, but it's very dark. My husband does a lot of the painting around the A&A house (a skill acquired working summers during college and paints as well as the best contractors I know) and kept his supplies in a plastic opaque bin. Not efficient. He was always searching for something and buying duplicate supplies. Need a putty knife?
|Same side...yes, there was more in the corner!|
|After-wide view. Everything in & organized!|
You may have noticed from the before shots, I already had a system in place for holiday decorations. Bins are colored coded based on the Holiday. Good thing too, since a few were shoved in places they didn't belong! In addition, the Christmas bins require labels, indicating their contents, since there are so many. I don't always use the same decorations from year to year and it's great to know exactly what I am pulling from the shelf. Only a few new containers needed to be purchased. Clear bins (lower left side) are the best choice for many things so contents can be identified at a glance. Now there is plenty of room to walk around. Before there was only a path with stuff blocking off one side of the doors! In all likelihood things will be reduced even further as I go through bins this holiday season.
|After-left side, middle shelf. What I decided to keep.|
|After-left side with room to spare!|
Abide by the rules:
1. Cardboard boxes/shopping bags can not be used for storing items.
2. Color code and/or label bins that are not clear plastic.
3. Group and store like items together.
4. Keep floor storage to a minimum.
5.. Make sure that everything remaining is accessible!
What it cost:
Peg board: $17/sheet
Plastic storage drawers: $11each
Clear storage bins: $40 for 3
Labor/Organization plan: Seriously unpleasant/free!