Tackle It Tuesday: Basement Storage

by Maria Lianos-Carbone

Tackle It Tuesday

Our basement is unfinished. Which means it has become the place to throw and store anything and everything.

This is one thing that has been on my to-do list for months… one that I’m almost afraid to tackle – to the point where I think it might be best to hire someone to help me organize this space! You’ll see why:


Did I frighten you? I’m overwhelmed just looking at this photo. See the crutches on the top left? Those were used when I sprained my foot. Oh, and the bassinet in the front? My last child was born five years ago. Pack rat much?

So I decided to tackle the basement – little by little – last week. I’d like to have some extra room to put a television downstairs so the kids can play their video games without driving me crazy upstairs. But I have to clear some space first and get organized!

I’m not extremely organized, I’ll be the first to admit. I wish I could be colour-coded and have everything labelled perfectly. But I’m just not that savvy! I try to maintain some sort of order in my house but with two rambunctious boys, it’s not long before everything is a big mess once again.

Although I do organize and keep things tidy and “in their place”, the neatness will not last very long… until I organize once again.

So here’s my one and only Organizing for Dummies tip: use a black garbage bag for, yes that’s right – garbage! And clear garbage bags for those items that you want to donate. Yes it’s that simple!

I have, for the most part, organized the bags into piles – who wants to guess how long it will take before the items are donated and thrown out?

Next time, I’ll share some of my organizing inspiration ideas from around the web.

What are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

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We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began. The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.





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1 3citygirlsnyc November 20, 2012 at 12:30 am

So upset, I should have posted a picture of all the clothe and boxes we donated to #sandy but the piles of clothes, furniture and toys, it took over my entire house. Every single floor from the basement until the 2nd floor had piles and piles of winter clothes. I felt like a hoarder. I love the way our closets look now thought LOL … I feel so much better. It was hard parting with the baby’s clothing, I got chocked up but I knew it was going to a great family <3

Have a goodnight :)

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2 MariaLC November 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

Amazing of you to donate to Sandy! Thanks for commenting.

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3 Jen November 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

What were you doing taking pictures of my basement…. I know exactly how you feel, and I need (hubby needs) to get ours all cleaned up!
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4 MariaLC November 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

Good to know I’m not the only one! I’m overwhelmed but slowly tackling it one step at a time.

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5 Jill Robson November 20, 2012 at 8:19 am

Maria. Great start to the process, my advice to you is put the donation bags in your car NOW. That way they will be a constant reminder of where they need to go. Good luck.
:)
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6 MariaLC November 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

Amazing timing – yesterday I saw a post from a woman who runs a home daycare for special needs kids and was looking for toys. I’m saving them for her to pick up!

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7 Jill Robson November 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

You never know what good can come from letting go of things you no longer need. That’s awesome.:)
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8 BarbaraLee November 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

With Christmas around the corner the donate bag shouldn’t take long. Those toys look like their in good shape. I donate a lot of things to the battered womans shelter.

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9 Jill Robson November 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Wonderful idea BarbaraLee.
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