Basement Re-fresh: Part ONE

Hello, and happy 2019! Wow, has it really been November 24th since my last blog post? I’d better have all sorts of fresh ideas to share with you in 2019 after that break!!

To ring in the new year, I decided to share our next project in the house; the basement. Our basement needs some organization, and much better use of space. We have “things” down there we don’t even use. Can you relate? I guess that’s what basements are for; “collectors” of all our “stuff”. And, out of sight out or mind, right? Well, no more!

The FIRST STEP:

First, we need to get rid of “stuff”, and re-locate what we already have in order to maximize function. For example, there is a desk that is falling apart, and an oversize chair that no one uses (because we have a huge sofa). We also have a love seat in a dumb location. No one ever sits in that love seat where it is now. Time to to get to work.

Showing you the crazy “before” pictures will help hold me accountable for keeping on top of this basement project! Seeing the “before” pictures isn’t always pretty, but necessary. They make the end result that much sweeter!

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Here we go….

Below is the view upon arriving at the bottom of the steps. The furnace room is behind that black door. To the right is a large space, with a carpeted section/TV, and a cement floored area.

See all those shoe box size tupperware containers on the floor? Those are filled with Legos. Not an ideal location, or set up! Does Luke crouch down on the floor to build with them in that location? NOPE. He’s probably afraid he’ll get injured, with all the clutter and all!

See all those shoe box size tupperware containers on the floor? Those are filled with Legos. Not an ideal location, or set up! Does Luke crouch down on the floor to build with them in that location? NOPE. He’s probably afraid he’ll get injured, with all the clutter and all!

To the left of that black door, is a smaller nook that I used to use for an office. Here is that nook:

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What needs to happen with this space first:

  1. Take out that black desk

  2. Re-locate the love seat to the TV viewing area.

    These two steps alone will open up this entire space for a DIY “L” shaped desk area. The kids can work on the computer here, do their school work, draw, work on legos, or whatever they like doing at a desk!

That area will also serve as a device storing, and charging station!! A bold rug would be awesome in this corner, BUT, we are planning to do this entire basement re-fresh on a VERY low budget, which means I’m going to have to utilize self-control, and refrain from a new rug. Darn!

On that note, allow me to dream a bit, and share with you some rug possibilities for this space:

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I like the fact that these rug contain white and black, yet also have plenty of color. Either of these rugs would tie our black ceiling, and white walls together nicely.

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Ok, one more…..( I can’t help myself)….

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Gotta start somewhere

This is just one of a number of areas in our basement that needs some serious help. And, now that I’ve shared the scary “before” pictures with you, I am motivated to take action, and continue to share our progress with you.

I am enlisting the hubs to help me build a computer station/table for that corner nook you saw. When that will be complete, I have no idea, but we’re tackling it little by little, section by section!

I will keep you posted on our progress!

Can you relate?

Do you have an area in your home that has been neglected, and needs help? Whether it’s re-organizing, moving furniture around, or simply hanging some pictures on the wall to add some warmth & character, get started with me in 2019!

I hope you tune in to the “Basement Re-fresh” blog series at the Nienhuis ranch!

Have a great week,
Kate

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