Here are the Before pictures of how my basement looked just this morning (and yes, sadly this is the normal state of this area of the basement):
Uh, yeah. In need of some desperate attention is an understatement. We spent a solid 2 hours re-arranging, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning and sorting. Funny how something like that would seem like a huge c-h-o-r-e doing it alone, but when doing it with a friend, it's actually fun. Go figure!
Okay, and now -- drum-roll please...these are the After pictures of how things looked once we put in a good 2 hours worth of hard work! It's hard to get the full effect since you can't see the entire room in any one shot, but you get the general idea:
I love the new look of our rec room and I'm already looking forward to Phase II. In case you're wondering, Phase II will involve going through boxes and drawers of toys (that are conveniently hidden from view) and sorting and organizing them -- and getting rid of some of them...shhhh, don't tell the girls!
I think Phase II might also turn into Phase III, which will involve moving some toys and such into the girls' rooms which in turn will result in re-organizing those rooms! Funny that we've already lived in this house for two years and are only now starting to get things the way I have always wanted them...clean and organized! And all thanks to my detail-oriented, organized, particular new friend! Thanks, Jenn!