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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
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More shelves and floor clutter
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The cleared shelves and floor
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A floor full of clutter!
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A clutter-cleared floor!
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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
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Basement shelves organized and cleared of clutter!
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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
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Easier on the eyes, the basement room's first view after we cleared its clutter
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Lots of corner clutter before we cleared it!
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Basement corner clutter cleared!
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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
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A cleared basement space!
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An area of the basement before we cleared it
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A cleared section, with suitcases along the wall, and other items in bins
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Part of the basement before we organized it
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Items in labeled boxes and bins!
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Another basement area before we cleared it
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A cleared basement area and floor!
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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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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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The basement section cleared, we opened our calendars and scheduled a session for January, after the holidays.

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Another Big Basement Project, Vol. I

Karen and her two daughters live in a house that’s almost 100 years old. It has “good bones.” The basement could use some help. I suggested my tried-and-true method. In my work as a professional organizer, it’s worked well to start in one corner, and work our way around the room.

We straightened photography equipment in a corner, then moved on to examining lots of boxes. Would some be “presentable” enough for mailing holiday presents? Yes. We placed them in a couple of boxes, next to the tall bin of wrapping paper. We set aside others to be recycled.

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We sifted through bins holding lots of items that could be donated for kids’ holiday presents. We also rearranged some shelves where games and puzzles “live,” and cleared the floor space in front of them.

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Where did the time go? It flew by. We scheduled another session for a few days later, to continue clearing clutter in the basement.

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A Big Basement Project, Vol. II

In our second basement session, Meg and I continued our “path” of working top-to-bottom on the shelves. We pulled down the containers with green drawers, full of holiday decorations. Some were set aside for distant family members, others for donation, and the rest to be kept.  We explored other boxes, repeating the process. We agreed that the bagged summer furniture cushions were fine where already placed. We pulled out ski and other boots, to be considered for the upcoming season. Keep? Give away? Discard? To be determined, when husband Steve has a free few minutes. We cleared items from the floor in front of the shelves, then rearranged a few more before our session time was ended.

Our thorough basement work is continuing well, with more to come. We looked at our calendars. With Meg’s planned business travel, then Thanksgiving, we scheduled a third session for right after the holiday.

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A Big Basement Project, Vol. I

When first meeting Meg, she shared her upstairs office/crafts room, and also showed the basement in the beautiful house she and husband Steve enjoy so much. Our first session together was devoted to work upstairs.

In our second session, we started on the basement. In my work as a professional organizer, it’s been useful to start in a corner of a room and work our way around it. Shelves line a wall, holding decoupage materials, holiday decorations, paint supplies, silk flowers, ski and other boots, bagged summer furniture cushions, and various other items. Working top to bottom, we organized a few shelves, separating trash and recycling, and also placing into boxes items for donation to both Goodwill and a “higher end” local resale shop.

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Our second session time together used up, we opened our calendars and scheduled a third session in a few days. Meg was smiling and the basement was already looking better. Success!

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Before a Move – Sorting in the Basement

Occasionally, De-clutter Me! is hired by Home Sweet Home, a California company that does corporate relocations. This time, Lisa requested help for Wendy’s upcoming move to the South. We would work in her condo’s basement, separating items that she would bring to her new home and for local family members. She also had a number of items to donate. Where, though? She didn’t have a firm idea in mind. I mentioned the annual Tag Sale of the Bella Voce women’s chorus I’m in; would she perhaps consider it? She asked if I know a particular member. Of course! In fact, Deb planned and led our Scotland tour in June.  Wendy used to work with Deb, booking flights for Deb’s travel company. Small world!

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