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Home is what you make it–one workout at a time [Feb. 7th, 2012|03:36 pm]
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When we repainted and remodeled the upstairs, a lot of our stuff got moved from upstairs to downstairs. This resulted in our upstairs area looking very nice: clean and sleek, the way I like things to look.

The family room in the basement, however, was another matter:









Now, this space is not one that we use on a daily basis, and being in the basement, it was very "out of sight, out of mind" for a long time. I would go downstairs to do laundry and sort of...shut my eyes as I walked past. I don't like messes, particularly when I feel helpless in the face of them. And wow, did I feel helpless in the face of this one. I'd walk in there and just kind of flap my hands in despair. So it was easier to just pretend that half of our basement didn't exist.

But then I decided to start working out again. And my exercise equipment is in the basement. So something had to be done.

At first, I just moved all the boxes to the other end of the room, freeing up the exercise equipment. This made workouts possible, but being me quite stressful. Remember about the not liking messes?

I began lifting heavier weights, and with the heavier lifting came recovery time between sets. With a minute or two needed to catch my breath came boredom. And with boredom came the need to do a little something.

I began picking up. A little here and there. Inspired, I urged Ferrett to help me sort through the books and get rid of some--as in 8 large boxes worth. And kept picking up. When we got our new bed, we decided to put our old one into the family room for extra guest space. Day by day, I organized for just a few minutes here and there.

This is what the basement looks like now:





It's kind of hard to imagine it's the same space. Now I walk down there and just smile.

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[User Picture]From: roaming
2012-02-07 09:31 pm (UTC)
I have a whole bedroom I can't get into. Literally. Yes, you can walk ON stuff to get into the room. Yes, just like Hoarders: Buried Alive. So far it's just ONE room. And I'm keeping it that way.

Talk about feeling helpless in the face of it. It's my "crafting" room. For those crafts I say I'd like to do but don't actually get to: sewing/stained glass/jewelry. I should just admit I like having the things but not the drudge of making them.

so. . . are you for hire? ;-P
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
I have gotten better about not buying shinies, so my crafting space has remained under control, but barely.

And at one time I thought of trying to make a business of getting people organized. I honestly did.
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[User Picture]From: caudelac
2012-02-07 09:57 pm (UTC)
HOORAY!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2012-02-07 10:22 pm (UTC)
that looks VERY homey!! we're closing THIS WEEK and i've already made the Grand Proclimation that work stuff WILL be contained IN the office. period. we have an 8 foot dining room table that we cant use at the moment. a very small part of it is my mess, the majority is the mess of TheEngineer and his inability to part with bits of paper. ;)

having someone come and ruthlessly cull the mess and clean has helped me IMMENSELY. now to get the mess beside his side of the bed cleared hee!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-07 11:23 pm (UTC)
I admit that the dining table is a mess right now. I can't seem to keep that part under control.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2012-02-07 11:29 pm (UTC)
we're going from a very open concept 1200 sq ft apartment to a 1750 sq ft house with a 2 car garage. i'm HOPING we can keep the detrius under control...if not, he sleeps in the office. ;)

what i'm really looking forward to is the kitchen. i'm going to have literally three times the counter and cabinet space that i do now, even WITH having to have a countertop microwave instead of a microwave hood. and i'll have emough room for a bookcase AND a little table and chairs in there. i feel rich thinking about it. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 12:12 am (UTC)
It sounds wonderful!
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From: anonymousalex
2012-02-07 10:53 pm (UTC)
A) You rock.

B) You give me hope for my own "do a little bit at a time" house organizing project.

C) And you probably got a bit of an extra workout by picking up. Bonus!

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-07 11:25 pm (UTC)
The little bit organizing works provided that you aren't continuing to add more stuff to the space!
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2012-02-08 12:36 am (UTC)
Looking fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear!
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2012-02-08 01:26 am (UTC)
wow! very well done!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 01:31 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: polymorphism
2012-02-08 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh, so very nice!

Except for the last four bins of books, I have all of my things in one place now for the first time since I went to college. There are three bedrooms, and each one is a huge project like that. No idea how long it will take to go through all of it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 02:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Now just do a little at a time....
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[User Picture]From: pjhandley
2012-02-08 02:55 am (UTC)
the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. All those small steps lead to a great space. :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 11:59 am (UTC)
It's true, and I'm really happy about that!
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[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2012-02-08 03:56 am (UTC)
Wait--the first four pictures are freaking me out. How did you get into my basement? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 12:00 pm (UTC)
Ha! My evil secret is revealed!
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[User Picture]From: jesskastar
2012-02-08 08:49 am (UTC)
Amazing! Great job!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 12:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2012-02-08 03:52 pm (UTC)

Whooot!

Yep, sometimes a chip away at it method is all that it needs. I have a room I need to do, as it became the 'temp' for what got moved out of my room during that remodel.

It's getting started on this weekend. (I had no boxes and just now got some, hard to sort and pack for shipping off without boxes ya know.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-08 04:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Whooot!

Good for you. Go for it!
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[User Picture]From: whyelaborate
2012-02-09 01:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is impressive!
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