Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Basement

There has been a lot of work going on in our new house, and one project I've been concentrating on in the last couple of weeks is organizing the basement. Why would I start with a non-living area when there's so much to do in the rest of the house? Well...mostly because all the stuff that's ultimately going to go in the rest of the house was piled high in the basement and virtually unreachable.

It really did look like a room from the Hoarders show.

But after building several wooden shelves and going through many boxes...voila! A neat and organized basement where I can find things. (Ok ok I'm not completely finished organizing...but I'm most of the way there!)

I bought these boxes online that are the perfect size and shape for the shelves. With lids that lift off...they are perfect for storage down in the depths of my home.

I also included some shallower display shelves where I can put loose items that are more helpful being seen than stashed away behind cardboard. It's really great actually...when I'm finally ready to decorate the living room and dining room, I'll have my own little boutique in the basement, filled with my favorite things.

I had forgotten about this amazing antique cloche...found at the thrift store for $4.

Adorable ceramics...

Milkglass and seashells...

My favorite little lamb planter...

And other doodads...all ready to be brought upstairs when the time is right. And then...the shelves will be clear and ready to house more goodies that have yet to be discovered out there in the world!

Oh yes...and we mustn't forget Mr. Sockman. Apparently he was made by my great Aunt Anna when I was born and is still super adorable and waiting for the perfect spot upstairs. :)

4 comments:

Into Vintage said...

Wow - wish your 'boutique' was open to the public! :-) I see some very interesting things on those organized shelves...

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I'm thinking along the same lines as Amy...it is wonderful basement shop. Doesn't it feel great to have all those treasures so tidy on shelves?

Lisa W. said...

You did such a Great job of setting up your new basement storage area ! You will enjoy it for years to come ! I did that too when we moved in here and I have always been very glad of it.

Rae said...

oh wow! i want to raid your basement!