We haven’t set an exact date yet, but sometime in April we’re going to have our oil tank replaced. Prior to that we have to clean out our basement so that the work can be done.
I’m not looking forward to the clean up!
We’ve lived in our house since 2001 but because we started doing renovations from the first day we owned the house we still have a lot of stuff stored in the basement that hasn’t even been unpacked from our move! Plus there’s tons of renovation materials – extra wood, paints, sanding stuff – way more than a normal household would need, but enough for one that’s undergoing renovations.
When my Mom died in 2004 we divided up furniture and other things from my parents house between my three brothers, my sister and I. Since I’m the youngest and being a fairly new home owner I got more furniture than my siblings. Of course, as I said above, we’re still trying to renovate our house, so most of the items I got from my parents house are stored in the basement as well.
All of this has resulted in a very jam packed basement! I really should take some pictures just to show you the furniture and boxes piled up on top of one another. It’s so bad I really hate going into the basement to do laundry, get food from the freezer or use the washroom down there.
We have a lot of cleaning to do over the next month! I think that once we start going through all the stuff down there we’ll end up throwing out or giving away at least half of it. Hmmm … if the weather stays nice maybe we could have a yard sale.
What I’d like, once the basement is cleaned out and hopefully half the stuff has been disposed of, and once the new oil tank is in, is to have a useable area in the basement. We don’t have money to renovate it just yet, but eventually I’d like to set it up like a den with nice home theater furniture and home theater system down there. Now that would be nice.
It’s a shame … our house is fairly small, and we have all this space in the basement but we can’t really use it for anything because we’ve been using it as a storage area for things that we’ll probably never use.
Do you have a place in your home that’s like that too .. maybe the garage, the basement or a specific room? Or maybe it’s your attic that’s jam packed with things that you put away years ago thinking you’d use them again sometime in the future?