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