My Horribly Cluttered Basement!

This post is more like my diary entry than a regular post. It’s going to be a reminder for me to gather courage to start working on the clutter that has been sitting in our basement…so far I have pretended that it doesn’t exist! When we shifted here, all our stuff was stored in this partial space of the basement, as we gradually set up our home. Now this is the left over stuff, mostly empty boxes, cartons, crates and some mindlessly hoarded stuff! Just take a look at the photos and you will know what I mean!Hooked on Homes (1) Hooked on Homes (2) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4)  Hooked on Homes (4) Hooked on Homes (4) My head spins every time I look at these photos…don’t even ask how I feel when I go down to the basement! So, today I promise myself, to do up this space in 3 months time. A little detail about the area that I am talking about; its approximately 800 sq.ft. Initially the target was to finish it by Diwali this year but I don’t think I would be able do it…with my full-time teaching job, my children and home front…it will not be fair on anybody. I will be realistic and I will take my time and try to finish this project by 20th December this year… I have postponed it for more than a year now. Having promised myself, let me list out what all is to be done:

  • Getting rid of all that is not needed.
  • Storing things that are required only a couple of times in a year.
  • Organising the stored items.
  • Painting the space (walls only)
  • Scrubbing and cleaning the space (it’s in a bad shape)
  • Re-organising the space into a utility area for either art/craft area, study area or prep it up for a rental.
  • Decorating the space (now it looks like a junk room)

All this in the same order, should everything goes as planned and if there aren’t any DIY disasters!

I know I have set myself up for a challenging task. I hope I will be able to do it… in time. I have set the reverse ‘day’ timer on my laptop! So here I am, requesting all my friends and all the DIY stalwarts of the blogging world to help me with this project…give me a direction  ‘coz this time I will be tackling this project all alone…hubby out of town 🙁 🙁 🙁 I am in dire need of  your inputs, suggestions, tips, ideas, shortcuts and of course a lot of morale boosting!

As of today; Days Left to Complete the Project (DLTCP) – 104!!!

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Organize and Decorate with Things at Home

Till date I haven’t been able to understand my mom’s (and my mom-in-law’s) insistence on keeping the nice crockery, crystal bowls, exquisite bed covers mats/cushion covers etc. hidden in the closets or cupboards. I have never seen them use any of it! The ‘logical’ reasoning that I have, forever, been getting (from them) is- “It’s for the special guests/occasions”. I am yet to see that ‘special’ guest or the ‘special’ occasion! B’coz whenever a special occasion or a guest did arrive, the ‘logical’ reasoning then changed to- ‘They can do without it/ why get in the hassle / it might break!’ Hellooo! Wasn’t it bought for the same reason?!! I guess the fear of losing (breaking) their collection stops them from using it. So… what I am trying to say here is, that all those pretty prized possessions  are going to go waste and may not remain pretty when eventually brought out  for display/ use! I really wish I could get my hands on their stuff and lay it out for them!

Sounds familiar? I bet it does!

Learning from them, I have promised myself never to let anything (new, old or expensive) sit in my cupboard for more than 3 months, if it’s been bought for home; it better be put to use. That’s the rule I follow. There are so many ways to organize and decorate with things at home; one can change the look of their home without spending a penny. One of the great ways to de-clutter and organize tit-bits around your home is to use containers to corral things.

love using trays, shallow dishes, boxes, platters and baskets to organize clutter all around my home… until I have time to sort and put things back in their designated places.

These containers not only help in corralling things, they also disguise the clutter or chaos on the table tops/ counter top. Let me put it this way- Containers bring order to the chaos and make it all look fab!

There is no rule that says that I can’t use my pottery dishes on my bedside table or anywhere in my home! It doubles as my clutter hold-all and as additional crockery as and when needed!

My shallow glass dishes work as my candle holders, perfume bottle holder, incense holders, potpourri holders and so much more. Display a pretty glass bowl on a table top, fill it with fruit or floating flowers, or pillar candles. 

Baskets, especially wicker baskets, are my all time favourite organizing ‘work horses’. They come in so many versatile and appealing shapes and sizes that you can never have enough of them, ever! I use them all over my house for de-cluttering anything and everything around the house. They also make great ‘carry-around’ buddies.

If you have lovely stuff just sitting in the cupboard waiting for special occasions, its time you took them out. Rummage through your cupboards and take out things that have been sitting there forever and ever and use them! Everything that you use will jazz up your home decor and will make you feel happy that you’ve been able to do something that your mom / mother-in-law couldn’t!

Instead of hiding your pretty dishes, baskets, boxes, trays, containers, vases, crockery etc., display them in your home; Put them to use. Have fun creating a mix and match of unique decor for your home with the things you already have; making each day a ‘special’ occasion and YOU being the ‘special’ guest! After all, it’s better to use it every day than to lose it in a day…without using it even once!


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