My basement is one of the areas that still has a hoard. It’s a hard one though because it’s a lot of stuff from when my kids were little. Letting go of toys and baby clothes is really hard for me. I don’t know what’s in a lot of the plastic tubs but I know that there’s two full of Christmas stuff and one that’s full of the twins preemie clothes. I know there’s a few things from one of the great grandmas and another one full of the kids’ grade school artwork.
There’s so much stuff down there that it’s completely overwhelming. The only time that I usually go downstairs is to do my laundry. There’s so much stuff that it’s hard to walk around so I don’t. Since I didn’t know where to start, I decided to tackle the easy job.
The Boxes in the Basement
The easiest thing to tackle was a pile of boxes. There’s a box hoarder at my house so I think there’s hundreds of boxes stuffed in every corner of every room of the house. But thankfully, as our de-hoarding continues, he’s starting to let them go.
Let me tell you why I hate these boxes so much. Trying to get rid of them drives me crazy!! Each box needs to get broken down into the smallest pile of cardboard that you can make it. This involves box cutters and muscle. They can only be a certain size and they have to fit inside the recycling garbage can that the city provides.
The Old Laundry Chute
Underneath all those boxes, there was the framework from the old laundry chute. About a year and a half ago, we built the new laundry chute because the one that has been there since we moved in was falling apart. It wasn’t holding laundry anymore so we had a huge mold problem on the floor. The clothes all fall down the chute and land on the floor. I love the new chute but after a year and a half, I think it’s about time that the old frame gets thrown away! These are the things that baffle me. Why didn’t I just throw it away as soon as it was off the wall? Why has it been sitting in my basement for so long?
TA-DA!! One Tiny Basement Area Done!
Ahhh… I have a floor again! I swept up a whole bunch of dust and other debris off the floor. Under all those boxes there was one very big box full of mold. One of the kids had put some wet laundry in it a few months ago which caused the mold to grow. I threw most of the clothes away that were inside the box. I’m very happy to see that one gone! There were also quite a few socks on the floor and if they had any speck of mold on them, I threw them away. Whoever they belong to obviously isn’t missing them.
I’m glad that I did this today.