The Basement Project – Finished!

Welcome back down the stairs:

Top of the Stairs

I got a lot of work done on this and it feels pretty good. First of all, the guest bed and laundry folding and ironing area. Here’s the bed with a dust ruffle I got from the St. Louis Freecycle List. Let me take this quick moment to say that the floor of our basement is not level and it slopes down from the walls. This means there’s about a 2′ strip between the wall and any furniture. I created a sub-wall of sorts and use that sloped 2′ for storage that doesn’t need to be level, like out of season clothes and seasonal decorations. You can see these boxes of storage poking up around the furniture from time to time. That’s just the way it has to go here. Also – I got rid of a LOT of stuff down here. Maybe 8 or 9 big things (bags/boxes) went to the seminary free store over the course of the month and I’ve got about 2 or 3 more from today ready to go. I also had about 3 large trash bags full of stuff to simply pitch. Feels good.

Guest Bed

I fixed my laundry problem by moving the ironing board over by the bed and moved the hanging rack to the wall side of the area. Now, folded laundry gets placed in stacks on the bed, hung laundry gets hung and sorted immediately, and things that need to be ironed either get ironed on the spot or put in that basket on the hanging rack to be ironed next time.

Laundry Folding and Ironing Station

Here’s that whole area altogether:

Guest Bed and Laundry Completing Area

Moving on now. This area used to have a plethora of the girls’ crafty stuff and as such was constantly bombarded by a mess of crazy craftiness. This area is now no longer allowed to be crafted in. They can do puzzles, play with manipulatives, read books, play games, or stuff like that. No crafts!! I finally got our maps and alphabet hung up on the wall. Only took four months…

Schoolish Area

Schoolish area to the left:

Schoolish Area; Left

Schoolish area to the right:

Schoolish Area; Right

The whole schoolish area:

Whole Schoolish Area

The games are purged and organized and my already made candles are now placed in an easy-to-get-to place:

Games and Maps

Continuing on toward the right – this is the area where we lost a shelf. Some things have been purged, the rest reorganized and labeled:

Crafty Supplies

Here’s my scrapbook table and other crafty supplies a bit closer. I keep the photos I’m working from and the paper cutter on this table. The white drawer box underneath holds the colored paper:

Scrapbook Area Pluls Craft and Sewing Supplies

And now, if you turn directly around, the actual scrapbook is on the backside of the craft table (which I haven’t shown a picture of just yet):

My Side of the Craft Table

Moving on toward the right again, here’s my sewing machine and fabric stash and patterns shelf. This is pretty picked up for this area – it gets a lot of attention from many hands looking for fabric for precious crafts…

Sewing Machine and Fabric Stash Cleaned Up

The washing machine area got cleaned up – the boxes of miscellaneous got put in their proper places and they got dusted off and swept around. The shelf with laundry detergent got emptied when I donated several containers of non-HE detergent to a shelter.

Laundry, Cleaned and Tidied Up

You can’t really tell what I did here, but it also got reorganized – my candle making supplies got better arranged and many things left the shelf for either donation or trash. This allowed me to get several bins that I actually needed off the floor and onto the shelf.

Under the Stairs, Purged and Tidied

Under the Stairs Shelf Tidied Up

And now, for the very best part of all. My parents brought my sewing table with them this week. I set it up in the middle of the room and created the ultimate craft area for the girls. THIS is where they can craft from now on and we made that pretty clear to them tonight. They are happy with it, so hopefully they will be content with leaving their crafting genius right here:

Girls' Ultimate Craft Area

A closer look at the supplies:

Craft Table

Close Up of Craft Stuff

And under the table:

Organized Crafty Stuff for the Girls

And the table in the context of the rest of the basement:

Bigger View of Room

WHEW! That project feels really good to have crossed off my list. It may not win any awards, but it was definitely worth the effort. This whole thing got started with the 30 Day Organizational Challenge hosted by I’m an Organizing Junkie. Thanks for the motivation, Laura!

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