Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Basement Room - Part 1

Well, the craziness has begun.  My dear hubby has started his first set of night shifts and starts off with five in a row.  Normally he would work 3 days, 3 off, 3 nights, 3 off, etc. but start up always requires a few extra. 

With this change to our schedule, it has sent my thoughts back to the reason of being a "keeper of the home" which is to respect and honor your husband.  Honestly, sometimes keeping the house is much, much easier.  I have been noticing however, that when I change my focus from "my home" to "honor and respect" that is changes some of my priorities throughout the day.

On that thought, my goal over this week and next is to make a spot where hubby can go when he is transitioning onto night shifts.  That way he won't have to worry about disturbing the rest of the family who are trying to sleep and it will be more comfortable for him.  It will also serve as a temporary family room for us until we complete the main family room.  So, not only will it benefit dear hubby, it will benefit the whole family as well.

I got a really good start on the room today.  I was very surprised how much I was able to accomplish in such a short time.  The room was being used as a storage room so I had to shift some things around.  Thankfully dear hubby and I got the garage cleaned out this summer so some of the storage items can now go out there. So, here's what the room looked like before I began.


After about a half hour of work you can definately see some progress.

I definately made progress as I continued to work although it's not as noticeable in the pictures.



I also got part of the closet cleaned out and hope to finish the rest of the closet area tomorrow.  Once that is done alot of the books, etc will be put into the drawers.  There is really not a lot left to get put away.


Along the way I have also been decluttering.  I have two big bags full of give away items.  One of those bags is mostly winter items and it's a perfect time a year to donate those items to charity.  I did run into a bit of a problem along the way though.  I came across 3 old, very old, gaming systems that I figured we could just give away.  However, I thought I had better check with hubby and son first.  Well, they think that we definately need to keep them.  Out of the box I packed up with the hopes of giving it all away, they only figured two items out of the box could be given away.  Why we can't give it all away since we have two brand new gaming systems is beyond me but I agreed to put the box in the closet and we would discuss it again at a later date.  I really was hoping I could have eliminated one more box of items.

(What I was hoping to give away)

(What I actually get to give away)

After working in the basement I headed outside to cover my tomato and pepper plants because of a risk of frost tonight and I couldn't resist taking a few evening pictures of our vine growing along the garage.

It is getting late so I will be heading down to do a bit of x-stitching and have a cup of tea before I call it a night.

"No matter what you've done for yourself or humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
(Elbert Hubbard)


  1. Good morning to you Alana...oh my, you were able to tend to so much and get so many things organized and in order in your home. Honoring and respecting our husbands...such an important part of what we as 'keeper of our home' need to remember! Beautiful outdoor pictures! I love the quote that you very true. Fall blessings! ♥ Teri

  2. Good Morning!
    Boy, have you been busy! I'm really proud of you...that was a lot of work...not much fun...but so important! Sometimes it is hard to stick with these kinds of the time it just doesn't seem very rewarding...but God has a plan and He is so pleased when we honor Him and our husbands. You go, girl!
    Have a blessed day...we are splitting firewood!

  3. Thank you Teri & Laura for your encouraging words. You are both such a blessing :)


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