Cleaning the basement

Someone please explain to me how in less than three years we can accumulate so much crap that my basement has become overrun with it?  I don’t get it – it was big and beautiful and empty when we moved in.  How did so much junk get stashed into it? 

Needless to say, I’ve been to the basement and worked on cleaning it.  Thank goodness for help (thanks mom, Alicia, and Ken).  A dent was made in the accumulated stuff but now we have piles of stuff to deal with – Goodwill, garbage, junk yard (get whatever cash we can from stuff) and sell.  Hopefully those will go away soon.  Well it doesn’t really matter if they do right now because we still have a bunch of stuff to go through…

Now to be fair… my household has been in flux… I’ve had girls moving in and out of my house for about four years or more.  Hmmm that kinda sounds kinky but it really isn’t.  This is what happens when you have college age daughters.  Vicki has been in and out for 5 1/2 years while getting three degrees.  Stephanie has been in and out for 4 years while getting her degree.  Now Gin and Stephanie are out but not completely because there are still boxes of their things down there.  Vicki has moved back in – though not for long if she has anything to say about it and hopefully finds one of those scarce things called a job. 

Stephanie got a dream job last October in Georgia.  So in about a week or so, she packed up and moved out.  Rented a truck, filled it full to overflowing, and left for the dream job and life away from home.  February saw Virginia load up three cars and follow her to Georgia in the hopes that finding a job would be easier from down there (which it was because she is employed). 

Unfortunately they left some debris … scattered through three or four rooms in my basement. 

Vicki moved back in and brought an apartment full of stuff back. 

I’m not blaming them (okay – maybe just a little I am) their stuff is only about 30% of the clutter.  The rest of the crap down there is all Ken’s and mine.  So today we tackled it and I remember why I HATE storing things in cardboard boxes.  Nothing keeps in good condition for any length of time. 

The good thing is we got through about a quarter of it.  The bad thing is we still have three quarters of it to go through…

Are there any basement cleaning fairies available?

4 thoughts on “Cleaning the basement

  1. I'd just like to say my crap is all sorted, organized, and clearly labeled. Hopefully in the next couple of months I will have a job and then all of the nice and organized stuff will be out of your basement 😛

  2. I would just like to say that other than the shelves of movies, I told you both that everything except my totes, of which there is only 1 maybe 2, could all go to Goodwill.

    Hey, I actually checked my email and read it. 🙂

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