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.


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.


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.

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!

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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Basement Clutter – Big Room Changes