A bit of basement organization

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, perhaps you’ll recall this horrifying picture I took of my basement last week.

Basement-before

Needless to say, a serious organizing party was in order for this space. I don’t know about you, but getting a space organized makes me feel great, like maybe I can keep one little area of my life under control. 😉

Also, I’m reading this fantastic book right now called, “Better than before: Mastering the habits of our everyday lives” by Gretchen Rubin. Like a lot of you, I have a few bad habits I’d like to break and a few good ones I’d like to embrace. This book has helped me gain some insight into how I’m wired. One thing I’ve learned is that I love transformation, which explains why I’m a sucker for a great “before” and “after” project, and why I’m constantly reading self-help books.

Anyway, I decided to tackle this area of our basement because I’d really like to have some clue where my tools and paint are so I can work more efficiently.

I bought this inexpensive plastic shelf from Lowe’s to store my paint supplies. I used the other shelves I already had to organize my decorations, tools, etc.

Organized-paint-shelfThe first step to total world domination? An organized paint shelf. 😉

Organized-basement

I attempted to corral my tools and decorating/organizing supplies into zones.

Storage-bins

I already feel so much more productive in this space.

Organized-basement-2

I keep an inspiration notebook out so I can handily reference project ideas.

Inspiration-notebook

While my basement work zone is certainly not Martha Stewart-worthy, it makes me smile knowing that if I could tackle this mess, nothing is impossible.

How does organizing a space make you feel?