We’ve lived in our house just over 5 years. And we are finally actually spending time in our basement. Its been so nice. We have a mini flood , a spending freeze, and reaching our toy annoyance threshold to thank for this progress.
Here is what the basement looked like last April:
The “afters” aren’t magazine or even instagram worthy, but this space functions SO MUCH BETTER now! Our minor flood this past summer lead us to get rid of stuff and put anything we wanted to keep in the lower basement. Now instead of just storing random crap in the basement, we have moved 90% of the kids toys to the upper basement from their previous playroom on the main floor. They absolutely love it. I honestly kind of love that the space is unfinished. My mom had daycare in our home when I was growing up and we spent most of our time outside or playing in our unfinished basement. Nothing is precious and you can close off the space from the rest of the house. I’m not constantly annoyed by their toys now. They can leave stuff out and continue their make-believe games from one day to the next without me getting frustrated by the mess. We were also able to buy a big doll house for Christmas. The kids can also hang posters and all of their artwork. Our kindergartener also has her much desired desk with a purple rolling chair. She’s in heaven.
We’ve also cleaned up the lower basement, removed all of the insulation that was falling anyway, and moved the weight set out of the alcove to make it more appealing to use. Parker has been pumping some iron…watch out!
Anyone else getting any free or low cost projects done? We made some progress in the kids’ rooms, too, so I’ll share that soon!