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Basement Clutter – Clearing a Path

Recommended by her niece Sarah, who’s already a De-clutter Me! client, Kristen emailed. She recently downsized, moving from a house to a condo. The basement was packed. She needed to purge more, beyond what she did before moving. Could I help with the basement clutter? Sure!

What are Kristen’s plans for the room? She would like to use it for working on crafts, especially with glass, and also for workouts, sometimes with niece Sarah. All good to know! I recommended that we design the room to leave as much clear space in the middle as possible, also because there are no windows. We don’t want the room to feel like a tomb!

After looking around, one of the first things we did was to move the boxed TV against the wall, to protect it and to clear a path.

Basement clutter, with the TV box in the middle
Before
The TV box moved against the wall, creating an aisle
After

Next, we emptied a few boxes, adding their contents to a few bins. We consolidated empty bins and other storage containers. We placed and stacked them and furniture against the wall, to clear more space. We’ll be able to reach everything easily next time.

A cluttered area
Before
Some basement clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

The built-in piece, maybe meant to be a bookcase, held a box of art to be hung. I added another box there, to protect its contents, and so all will be together for when the time is right to enjoy that process. We moved a sturdy plastic storage piece and a white cupboard to the corner, which may be a good spot for them to be useful. TBD!

We discussed a wooden shelving piece that she doesn’t have room for anymore, and how to sell it. We set aside the grill cover and some plastic to protect her bikes on the front porch, as the season’s first snow was expected overnight and the next day.

The cluttered built-in area
Before
The built-in area, storing art to be hung
After

We cleared more of the middle of the room. Now, Kristen can walk around it, without feeling overwhelmed by everything there. Next time, we will continue the process of clearing the basement clutter to make it a useful and enjoyable space. Yay!

The cluttered middle of the room
Before
Middle of the room clutter cleared, with help from De-clutter Me!
After

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Progress in the Basement Work Bench and Tools Room

Continuing our work in the basement, Michael and I next turned our attention to the work bench near the shelves we had recently straightened. First, we cleared the work bench space itself. We used my professional organizer’s tested method of working from one side to the other. We put some items into the trash, others into recycling. We set aside Michael’s brown hat for winter wear, placed the drill on top of the adjacent tools drawers piece, then into its lowest drawer.

The work bench before we cleared its clutter
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The clutter-free work bench ready for projects!
After

Next, we tackled the tools drawers. Here’s what its front looked like when we started.

The cluttered Craftsman piece, including with a lamp cord strung across its front
Before

The first drawer held miscellaneous items and batteries. We sifted through it and, like on the work bench, placed some items into the trash and recycling. We straightened others, so that everything will be easier to see and use.

A drawer before we cleared its clutter
Before
Drawer clutter cleared!
After

One of the drawers held a jumble of different kinds of tape, glue sticks, and other similar items. We placed some of the tape into a small plastic container and likewise made everything else more visible.

The tape and glue drawer before we cleared its clutter
Before
Tapes and glue easier to find, with clutter cleared
After

Working our way down, I opened a drawer with many screwdrivers. Why so many? Michael explained that both his and his wife’s fathers had died, and they inherited many tools. We chose some regular and phillips head tools, then set the rest aside for donation or the trash.

Too many screwdrivers!
Before
A much smaller collection of screwdrivers!
After

With our time almost used up, I cleared the top of the tools piece, re-routed an electric cord, and wiped its front.

The tools piece after its top was cleared, a cord re-routed, and dusted off
After

Next time, we will finish its drawers, then continue working our way around the room.

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Basement Clutter – Medicines and Remedies “Treated”!

For our next project, Michael and I returned to the basement clutter. One of its rooms includes built-in shelves, holding lots of medicines and natural remedies. He has an ailment that requires some of the items for treatment. It had become hard to see all of what was there.

As ever, using my professional organizer’s method of working top-to-bottom, we started on the top shelf. Working our way down, we pulled some medicines for return to a pharmacy, and dumped others into a paper bag, while saving their containers to be recycled. We would pour out others.

We even consolidated holiday wrapping, putting all items on one shelf together. They will be much easier to see, when the time comes to use them.

Cluttered shelves before we cleared them
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Cleared clutter on the shelves!
After

On the lowest shelf were some bottles of wine, produced by Michael’s third cousins in France! We put them on the top shelf.

Medical clutter and bottles of wine!
Before
Cleared shelves!
After

As we finished clearing more basement clutter, there was empty space on the shelves! Bonus points!

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Basement Clutter – Big Room Changes

Michael and I devoted a session to one of the basement rooms. We would use my professional organizer’s tried-and-true method of working our way around the room, and top-to-bottom, to clear some basement clutter.

We would start on a set of shelves that he called the “toy library” – a delightful, surprising, and fun name! We looked at each item, and he decided if it was a keeper, or should be tossed, or donated. Of course, we cleared the floor in front of it, too.

The "toy library" before we cleared its clutter
Before
The updated "toy library"
After

Next, the set of shelves to the right, which held camping gear. We made sense of it, better arranging items so they’ll be easier to see, and then to pack for family fun.

Cluttered camping gear
Before
Camping gear ready for family fun!
After

How many families have cribs that have held three generations of babies? This one does! We removed some items from inside and around it; again, to toss or donate.

A crib used by three family generations!
Before
Such a pretty crib!
After

Moving to our right, there was a set of shelves “calling out for attention.” Again, working top-to-bottom, we cleared the general disorder. Now, some fun, too. We placed a small art piece by Michael’s mother on the top shelf towards the left, and tucked into the corner an old photograph of a rather stern-looking man. Who was he? Michael’s great-grandfather in Russia!

Shelves "calling out for help!"
Before
Organized shelves, including an art piece and old family photo
After

With a cleared wall that now seemed empty, I suggested that we hang a kite. Of course, I asked about the pipe running the length of the room. It was safe. The kite may surprise anyone walking into the room for the first time! And with that, Michael and I smiled about the cleared basement clutter.

A kite "flying" in the basement
The kite!

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A Lifetime of Memories to Consider

Meg moved, with most of her belongings, to a retirement community six months ago. She planned to sell her former home, a large condo. Then, COVID-19 hit, upending her schedule. Now, we were working on some of what remained in the condo.

The basement, with its several rooms, is more like a separate apartment. Meg wanted to focus on its only unfinished room, which held a lifetime of memories. Items on its metal shelves reminded her of her own childhood through her sons’ weddings, and beyond. She’s led a life filled with adventures, including travel to distant lands.

We sifted through the shelves, and also items on the floor. In another room, we set aside a growing “collection” for donation, and hauled upstairs bags of other items to be discarded or recycled.

Basement shelves and floor before sorting
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Basement shelves and floor cleared of clutter
After
More shelves and floor clutter
Before
The cleared shelves and floor
After
A floor full of clutter!
Before
A clutter-cleared floor!
After

Meg was delightfully surprised when the floor was clear! Now, with this project done, she could move forward on selling the condo.

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A Big Basement Project Begins, Vol. I

Judy and Nathaniel currently live in more house than they need. They plan to eventually downsize and move closer to family.

Judy and I started on some basement shelves. We placed unboxed family heirlooms on the top shelf, where some of Nathaniel’s boxed treasures were already stored. We set aside other items for donation, and still others to discard or recycle.

We consolidated lots of plastic cutlery, paper plates, and other picnic supplies. We found some forgotten family photos that made Judy smile as she looked through them. We carefully set them aside, too.

As we finished our session time together, we both marveled at the empty space on the middle shelf. Success! Next time, we’ll finish the bottom shelf and move elsewhere in the basement.

Basement shelves before we cleared their clutter
Before
Basement shelves organized and cleared of clutter!
After

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A Basement Room Transformation Begins

It might be hard to believe, then to visualize, that Sarah’s plan for this basement room is for it to become a bathroom. Really?! Her energetic, helpful, and resourceful son Josh and I set out to clear the room, as the first step in accomplishing that eventual goal.

What was there? Family memorabilia and photos, Sarah’s carefully packed piggy bank collection, a lifetime supply of hobby craft materials, and other seemingly random stuff that many of us might find in our basements.

We put some items in another room, which already was storing others for a spring garage sale.

The first view of the basement room before we cleared its clutter
Before
Easier on the eyes, the basement room's first view after we cleared its clutter
After
Lots of corner clutter before we cleared it!
Before
Basement corner clutter cleared!
After

Josh and I were pleased when the first phase of the basement room project was done. The family is ready to take the next steps in turning it into a bathroom. Success!

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An Eye-popping Basement Transformation!

Over two sessions, Mike and I worked in the basement. It held luggage, craft supplies, holiday decorations and wrapping paper, lamps, a family antique upholstered chair that will be repaired, audio equipment, lots of CDs and (gasp!) cassette tapes. (Remember them?!)

Using my professional organizer’s usual method, we started at one end and worked our way across the room. We put the luggage against a wall, consolidated crafts supplies and holiday stuff. We set aside the upholstered chair, which has “good bones.” We put all of the CDs and cassette tapes into bins. We collected small jewelry pieces for wife Katie to inspect.

Part of the basement before we cleared its clutter
Before
A cleared basement space!
After
An area of the basement before we cleared it
Before
A cleared section, with suitcases along the wall, and other items in bins
After
Part of the basement before we organized it
Before
Items in labeled boxes and bins!
After
Another basement area before we cleared it
Before
A cleared basement area and floor!
After

When we finished, Mike was happy, and his wife Katie was thrilled! What will we do next? That’s to be determined but, for the moment, another Success Story!

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Another Basement “Calling Out for Help”

Emily, Drew and their three sons live in a house that’s full of spirit. That even extends to the basement, where we spent our first session together. In the middle – a ping pong table that could be fun to use. We cleared around and under it, taking note of the guitar cases, so their contents wouldn’t be damaged. We also worked around the drums kit, so they can be played. We discussed a display case from Emily’s former store in town, which must “find” a new home. I suggested an antiques dealer who might be able to help.

We moved a couple of low dressers to against a wall and next to the stairs. We talked about boxes of books. Keep? Donate? Discard? They’re mostly Drew’s. He’ll go through them. He also stores professional clothes in the basement, switching them according to the seasons.

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AFTER
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Next time? To be determined, as Emily and I opened our calendars and discussed another session together.

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Another Big Basement Project, Vol. II

Karen and I continued our work in the basement. This time, she wanted to clear and organize the part that bothers her most. It’s at the bottom of the stairs, so the section seen first. We moved a keyboard and its support furniture to against a wall, and emptied several boxes, filling new trash, donation and recycling bags.

There still is a box of papers to sift through, but Karen doesn’t feel overwhelmed thinking about it now. It’s manageable.

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AFTER

The basement section cleared, we opened our calendars and scheduled a session for January, after the holidays.

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