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Making Progress

img_2979Photo obtained from Quotlr

Beginning in early November, I started a new project–cleaning the basement.  Our basement has been used for storage for as long as I have lived here, which will be 19 years in June.  We do not spend much time in the basement.  We go to the basement to do laundry, to retrieve our Christmas decorations, to get something out of the freezer or beverage cooler, to use a tool located in the workroom, and to find storage space for stuff that we don’t have room for in our one-floor ranch home. The stuff going to the basement has grown tremendously over the years!  There is no living space in the basement.  The majority of the space is used for storage. My project goal is to create living space in the basement.  My first priority, though, is to reduce the clutter and to give the basement a thorough cleaning.

The first few tasks of my basement cleaning project involved organizing the many picture frames and Christmas and other holiday decorations that we have acquired over the years.  It has been a few weeks since those tasks were completed.  The time had come to begin the cleaning part of my project.

Our basement consists of seven areas: the stair landing and stairs leading to the basement, the gray room, the water and gas meter room, the paneled room, the furnace room, the laundry and the workroom.

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Stair landing and stairs to the basement

Using a Dirt Devil, I vacuumed the stairs and stair landing.  I mopped the landing and the exposed wood on the stairs.

20170125_171957639_iOSThe first area you enter in the basement is the gray room.
I am in the progress of cleaning this half of the room.

20170125_172042653_iOSThis half of the gray room has been cleaned.
Some of the stuff on the floor will be moved back to the other half of the room, once it is cleaned.

My main focus since January 16th has been to clean the gray room.  I doesn’t look like it in these pictures, but this room was filthy.  I am certain that another floor mopping of the entire floor will be necessary, once the room has been cleaned.  I need to lay down floor mats strategically to minimize the amount of dirt tracking that this room receives!  The stuff stored on the shelves looks neat.  Much of the stuff on the shelves, though, needs to be sorted through and disposition determined as to whether we toss it, keep it or give it away.  We have too much stuff!

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This is the meter room, which will be swept at some point in time.
Cobwebs have to be removed as well!
The only people who have walked into this room recently have been the meter readers.

20170125_172206975_iOSThis is the paneled room.

I need to vacuum and mop the floor, and eradicate any cobwebs.  The organ and dresser need to be dusted.  I need to figure out where to store the stuff in this room.  This is just a thought, as I am looking at this picture.  Perhaps we can enclose some of this room at the far end to accommodate (and hide) stuff to be kept in storage.

20170125_172226637_iOSSee that area where the box is wrapped in Christmas paper?
I hope to make that area living space.
Perhaps Bob will play the organ again one day.

We are receiving new living room furniture in March.  The new furniture will replace furniture that is 12 years old.  The old loveseat and chair will be moved from the living room into this part of the basement.  It is getting more difficult each week for me to go up and down the stairs repeatedly, while doing laundry, because of arthritis in my knee.  Having a comfortable place to sit in the basement, while doing the laundry, will go a long way to making an unpleasant task more pleasant.

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Furnace Room

I mentioned in an opening paragraph that one of my earlier tasks was to organize our Christmas and other holiday decorations.  The holiday decorations are stored in the furnace room.

20170125_172303222_iOSStanding in laundry room, looking toward the furnace room.

20170125_172326405_iOSLaundry Room

The furnace and laundry rooms need to be swept and cobwebs eradicated.  The outer surfaces of the appliances and shelves need to be cleaned too.

20170125_172431164_iOSThis is Bob’s workroom.
I can sweep the floor and get rid of cobwebs.
It will be Bob’s responsibility to organize this room!

Progress has been made; however, this project has involved a considerable amount of time and will require much more effort. I keep reminding myself that a little progress each day adds up to big results.  I am looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labor!

4 Responses to “Making Progress”

  1. Marge

    Wow we are both doing the same project! Things are really looking good! For ours, we did get the suspended ceiling installed. The floor has been repainted and area rugs are on the floor. I still have boxes to clean out, file, store, or toss! Hopefully most will be garbage or rummage.

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  2. DeniseinVA

    You have done a great job of cleaning and organizing your basement Linda. It will be a while before I can share photos of ours 🙂

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