Thank you to all who offered words of support and comfort on my last post. One reason I felt compelled to share my meltdown was because I know others out there have times like that, too. And that you get it. So, thank you. Thank you!
I had my two-hour meltdown and then I was able to move right along with life. Because, you know, life does go on.
So, in the theme of moving right along, I’ll share the basement project I completed last weekend. As I think I’ve mentioned before, we have planned for quite a while to create a new storage area in our finished basement. We have a couple of closeted areas, but it’s simply not enough space for odds and ends like holiday decorations and golf clubs and furniture we’re not using but don’t want to part with. So, since we had an area that seemed like it would lend itself to some shelving and a simple set of curtains, we decided that would be an inexpensive and flexible way to create some more storage space.
Here’s what the basement looked like before (which you might remember is actually an “after” shot):
In order to make this project happen, we had to get rid of the old couch and matching chair. We were NOT sorry to see these go when the Salvation Army came to pick them up! Then we had to pick out some shelves and hang a curtain rod and curtains – nothing fancy. I should note that I completed this project all by myself. Well, except for when I learned my lesson about trying to get the first shelf in place in the shelving unit by myself, even though the I.kea directions clearly show two people assembling the item. Of course, the whole thing collapsed and fell on me and marked up the walls. So then I did ask Craig for help. He was both sick and studying for a midterm, so I let him be for most of the time except for getting that first shelf in place!
Here’s the new storage area:
I was able to move things out of our pantry and under-the-stairs closet to the new area, which makes those storage spaces more functional and usable. That has already been a great improvement.
In addition to storage space, since this is a finished basement, we can really use it for other purposes. Up to this point, it’s basically been for exercise (on random occasion when either of us is motivated to work out at home – and I would love to add a treadmill to this space someday), but we really hope it will be a good play area someday. So we pulled a couple of old chairs out of other places in the house and I got new brightly-colored cushions for them. I hung a colorful print on the wall and I now feel like this is a pretty cheery room (at least for a basement). I look forward to the day when multi-colored plastic toys take over this space!
See the white curtains? That’s the storage space.
This project was also the first project that we needed to complete in order to get the house ready for a new family member. By getting this space set up, we can now start doing things to eventually clear out my office to be used as a nursery, since there’s a certain chain of events that will need to take place to move furniture and stored items around. We know we have time (probably more than we expected), and we’re not in any rush. But at least we have this first step done.