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.


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. 😉


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


I already feel so much more productive in this space.


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


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?

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20 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    My lord you did awesome! My craft supplies are overtaking several areas of our house and it’s driving me CRAZY! I’m envious of your organization skills! This does inspire me to get some totes and get to it. Also, great idea on the clear totes so you can actually see what’s in them!

    • Susan says:

      Yes, Emily. The clear totes work great … when I choose to actually put stuff away in them, lol. 😉 I’d love to create a dedicated craft space in my laundry room for all the craft supplies. They can easily take over your house. I’m hoping to get to that epic project this fall. Happy organizing!

  2. Michelle says:

    Lord have mercy!!!!! This looks amazing. Great job Susan!

  3. Michelle says:

    Lord have mercy!!!!! This looks amazing. Great job Susan! Do you hire out?????

  4. Eva says:

    I love you. That before proves you are human! Looks wonderful!

  5. Donna Gibson says:

    Looks just as I pictured it would be. Great job! Glad you could use my tips!

  6. Lori says:

    I love the transformation too!! It looks wonderful. You have inspired me to go back to keep working on my basement dumping area 🙂 Thank you for bearing all and allowing us to be inspired by you!

  7. Peggy says:

    Wow! That looks so wonderful! And it has got to feel good, too.

  8. gail says:

    Organizing a space makes me feel great, and wonder why I waited so long. How many spaces need a little love right now? too many!

    I love the look of your new space! It looks so nice.


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  10. Heather says:

    Susan fabulous job! Loving the clear bins & all the shelving units.
    Great to know where everything is.

  11. “The first step to total world domination? An organized paint shelf.” Amen! You’ve inspired me to get going on my basement organization, too!

  12. Linda Gay says:

    do you have any step process suggestions? amazing job. my basement looks just like that.


  13. Joanne Vroom says:

    Great job! The space looks so much better. I am sure it is a lot more fun to do a project and be able to find what you need for it when it is organized on the shelves!

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