Somehow (and I do not know how...) this happened to the basement in the last 6 months.
Why yes, there are rogue decorations, our neighbor's Christmas tree, our ex-neighbor's bed frame, some undone projects, and tons of half used DIY equipment.
Seriously. Our neighbor's Christmas tree.
Overall, the clean up consisted of moving things into a somewhat organized fashion a few loads of super dirty laundry, along with shop vacing and sweeping lots of spider guts. (Thanks to my brother for the shop vac for Christmas!)
We have tons of awesome built in cabinets that are full of food storage in our basement (in fact, one of the reasons we bought the house) but we want to use the corner pictured above to build Nate a huge work bench. Put that on our never ending to-do list.
We also want to build some sweet under the stair storage like this: (found from
Drool worthy, right?
He's also gunna build me one of these for all of my holiday buckets.
In the mean time, I'm stuck with this weird contraption out of our old coffee table.
|Look at that lovely wood rot....|
And yes, that is the railing that Nate took off the day we moved in so he could get the dryer in the basement. Have I mentioned putting it back up? Only about a thousand times.
One of the good things about this unintelligent venture was that we were cleaning the washer and dryer area and noticed a lot of excess lint behind the machine. I made Nate come take a peek and he noticed that our dryer was no longer connected to the exhaust! WHOA FIRE HAZARD. We immediately ran out and got some duct tape and sealed that sucker up and vacuumed up all the leftover lint. So, friendly message from Emma- you may want to go downstairs and check your dryer. I know that every year you should go clean out the lint trap thoroughly anyway, but that really freaked me out.
Now, I personally prefer the unfinished basement thing- so much room for storage and what not, but I know people with kids swear by finished basements. Do you guys have a preference? If you have a finished basement, how do you deal with all your stuff?