Hey everyone! I know I’ve been a little MIA for the last couple of weeks. The end of the holiday season and the start of a new year always tend to catch me a little off guard. I put my all into the fall and early winter, preparing and decorating for the holidays, which I just love to do! I always have tons of energy and get super crafty and festive.
Then comes January, and my ‘get up and go’ seems to have left the building! I feel like a wet noodle and just want to take a nap! Well, we all know that’s never possible, so I usually have to give myself a little pep talk, put on my big girl pants, and charge forward to tackle the new year!
All of the bloggers that I follow started out on January 1st with major intentions, plans and wonderful resolutions. They put out tons of fresh, new, inspiring posts full of positivity and exciting content. Not me, I’ve got nothing… Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been cooking, baking, cleaning and organizing up a storm, but I haven’t taken the time to sit and compile blog posts on all my endeavors.
I’m not usually one for major resolutions for a new year, why set myself up for disappointment, right? My personal plan did involve a more organized, regulated exercise regimen. I ended up getting a nasty stomach bug in December, and between that and the usual holiday chaos, I really didn’t feel that great for a few weeks. My exercise routine went right down the toilet…which led me to my next project!!!
As you may recall, the day before New Year’s Eve my husband woke up to our upstairs toilet leaking down through our first floor and basement. Good times! Once we got the leak to stop and all the water cleaned up, we had weeks of contractors in and out of the house to repair all the damage.
As I mentioned, the water leaked all the way down to our basement. Our basement is not what one would call ‘finished.’ We live in an area with a high water table, and we have had water in our basement on two or three occasions, once being just last week as we had a terrible freezing rain storm on top of many inches of snow and ice buildup. We have the one side of the basement, the side that is the driest, fixed up as a room for the kids to hang out in and have their friends over. It has wall to wall carpeting(that I had cut to fit the room but NOT installed permanently in case of water issues), a large sectional, comfortable chairs and the largest TV that we own. Our kids spend innumerable hours down there and that is where they always gather when their friends are over.
The treadmill is at the other end of the basement, in another decent room that is actually an add-on from when we had our house renovated 15 years ago. The problem is the room in between these two spaces, the room I have to pass through everyday on my way to the treadmill.
I know many people have ‘that room’ in their house. The room where everything gets thrown. The room that collects basically everything in the lives of the people that live in the house. The ‘middle room’ in our basement is the bane of my existence! I am a fairly clean and organized person, and when I have to pass by this disaster area everyday to get my workout in I just cringe!
I swore it was going to be my first project when the kids went back to school in the fall. Didn’t happen. It just got worse and we added even more to it! Then I swore it would be my first project of the new year. BINGO!!! Once the water leak occurred and we had to scramble so much to move stuff around I finally got the inspiration I needed to get my butt in gear!
I’m not going to lie, I forgot to take pictures at the very beginning. These were taken after I had already started to clear stuff out!!! Yeah, gross, right? Remember, it is NOT a finished basement, especially this room! The floor needs to be scraped and painted, the walls, too. It is literally just a storage space.
In the past few weeks I have spent almost all day every day down here trying to make sense of the chaos! I pulled everything out of the room and started from scratch. I bought and put together several new shelving units, and I put them all on casters in case they need to be moved for water issues.
As I started to organize I put everything that I knew was trash into black garbage bags and everything that I wanted to donate into clear garbage bags. That way I knew where each bag of donations was to go. This was a big help when I organized the truck deliveries!!
I have now taken two truck loads of items to our local Habitat for Humanity Restore, two truck loads to our high school boutique, which offers clothing and other personal items for those in need, and two truckloads to the dump! It helps that I’ve been watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix series on cleaning out and organizing! She’s so inspiring!!
Now I walk through this room everyday on my way to the treadmill and I tend to stop and just smile a little. It’s so organized! I know where everything is!!! I used all clear storage bins which, in my opinion, is the only way to go. You don’t need to label them or open them to find things.
I am so happy to have this project behind me and to be able to see the light of day again! Up next is tackling the mudroom closet, cleaning closet, front hall closet and the linen closet. I’m anticipating a few more truckloads leaving the house soon! I’ll keep you posted! I already cleaned out all of my kitchen cabinets and gave away all the extra glasses, coffee mugs and water bottles that we have collected through the years. Those items seem to multiply like crazy!!
How about you guys? Have any of you been hit by the Marie Kondo bug? Any big plans for home projects coming up? If you do have a desire for inspiration to get a project going I really recommend watching this show! Not only will it inspire you, but you will realize there are many people with bigger messes to tackle than you!