Are you ready for some after photos??? Here's my disclaimer. This is real life - I went right from clean to unpacking and sorting bins from the other side of the basement AND to kids discovering the love seat - it's a great place to play. So no, this isn't "done" but it is an improvement!
Now, on to the next phase - the laundry room and the pantry. Now, I have a disclaimer - I only had three days to work in the basement this week. (Monday it was so hot and humid I did "desk"work and we had a family day on Tuesday) With that in mind, I didn't get quite as far as I wanted to but the laundry room is clean!
Excuse the shop vac - it travels with me as I clean downstairs :-)
So what is on target for this upcoming week?
1) The Bedrooms - I want to declutter what I can from the rooms. I don't think there will be a lot but if I can clean out some older things/outgrown things that would be good.
2) The basement - Clothes Bins - I have several totes in the basement that house the kids clothes they have outgrown. I have a friend who is adopting a boy from Ethiopia - she has three girls :-) I offered her the clothes my kids have outgrown (and she said she wanted them!) so I need to get the bins sorted, pull out my favorites to keep, and pass them on to someone who can use them. I will admit, it has taken me awhile to get to that point - baby clothes seem to bring back so many memories but then I realized that I have those same memories in photos so it's ok to let go of clothes that are just packed away anyway. By cleaning out the bins, I will then have empty bins to use to start sorting the other things. I also want to do something else I didn't get to last week and that is to get rid of the junk (large items) and also to take out big items that need to go to Good Will that are just sitting around. That will open up lots more space.