Monday, January 30, 2012

Weekend Work

I hope you had a nice weekend! We spent the weekend tackling our basement cleanup project that we've been putting off for some time.  Our basement is a true basement (just a hole in the ground, nothing pretty about it).  It's also "home sweet home" to a lot of spiders.  I hate spiders.  That's why I enlisted Jake to help me with this project because I knew if I saw a spider the size of a quarter I'd go running and screaming for higher ground (aka the first floor).  When we started, the basement looked something like this:

Pretty terrible, I know.  We made a trip to Home Depot and Target to pick up some supplies, broke out the Shop-Vac and got to work.  Besides the cob webs and spider eggs, we found some favorite hiding spots for mice and a stockpile of acorns.  We're armed with traps, but need to seal off their entry points.  Today I'm happy to say the basement is looking like this:

New welcome mat (The dog came with the house.  Can't seem to get rid of him)

I can see the light floor!
Bins and shelving for x-mas decorations, etc.

New storage closet for tools and paint supplies

I actually don't really mind going down there anymore AND it's super nice to have a dedicated spot for tools and paint supplies.  No more "Jake, where's the hammer??"  "Jess, I can't find the screwdriver." 

I had time to start a couple of projects in the entryway too.  Here's a sneak peak:

The beginnings of my wall of photos project.  The plan is to fill the wall with our favorite photos.

New Ikea mirror hung on the wall
New place to hang coats and bags

Getting the Ikea mirror centered took a couple of tries.  Apparently, two finance majors have trouble with measuring and one of them (ehh hem, Jake) was convinced that there are 12 centimeters in an inch.  I had to gently explain to him "no honey, that's not right." 


  1. Jess- once again you are inspiring me! I started to clean out our basement LAST spring and I'm still working on it-perhaps I'll finish now. Our basement is very much a basement (like yours). Hmmm perhaps we should take trips and help each other out with projects-LOL!

  2. Hmm, that does sound like a good idea! You and James are welcome to visit any time LOL!


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