17 Jun
2015
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A Better Basement

I have had it with my basement. I haven’t unpacked all the tools because I don’t have a workbench yet at this house. I don’t have a workbench since I don’t know where all the tools are. The cycle seems a little silly when I have bookshelves, tote shelves, potting benches, and more in the queue to be built and yet it is all dependent on getting my basement organized. I know making a craft room for the blog would be pretty and finished off the office would be nice but none of it can happen until I can build. So, enough is enough- the basement is the priority now.

Are you ready for the horror that awaits?

Basement Before 1

Basement Before 2

This is one big project ahead of us. (That’s right husband, us!) We have some issues: our last house had no space so everything lived in the basement and the old owners left a bunch of stuff in the basement. For issue 1 we will need to unpack some things but as a temporary solution all the totes and seasonal items will live on some wooden shelves we’ll be building. For issue 2 the plan is to store some things in a better way (i.e. on shelves) or throw some things away. Living in the city means bulk trash pickup each month so we have a couple weeks to make some decisions.

The basement has several roles to fill.

  1. Hold seasonal items– think Christmas ornaments but also the lawn mower. It also needs to keep us safe in tornado season and hold our emergency gear.
  2. Hold hobby items- We like to spend time outdoors but need a place indoors to store gear
  3. Hold household items- from extra toilet paper to paint cans, everything needs a home
  4. Be our construction center- We need workbenches, tool storage, and space to build

There’s several long-range plans we are going to have to do, like add more lighting and run a water line so we have a faucet in our backyard, but this is the “Clean the Basement” phase so here’s the plan.

Basement before and after

Doesn’t that look nice and organized? It’s a multi-step process and while I’m sure I’m missing a few steps, here’s the current plan:

  1. Buy metal shelves for paint cans and other tools
  2. Clear out the back half of the basement to allow us to build a workbench
  3. Build saw cart
  4. Put all the tools where they belong
  5. Build tote shelves along the front half of the basement and relocated all totes
  6. Buy rug, pair with table and chairs for tornado shelter storm seating. Add emergency kits.
  7. Organize outdoor gear like shovels and lawn mower with some wall storage
  8. Buy a locker for all hiking/camping gear
  9. Buy/build potting bench for all outdoor gardening supplies
  10. Drywall staircase wall and build shelves for overstock groceries

Once phases 4 and 5 are finished I can see us splitting our time between the basement and projects on the second floor so hopefully this list will keep me on track. Organizing the basement might not be the most glamorous thing but it will definitely make my life easier.

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