The Challenge: When this week began, I knew my nephew would be born sometime in the next 7 days (whether naturally or by induction) and I didn’t want to undertake a multi-day project. I also had 8 straight hours in one day in which my toddler son would be under the care of others and I saw a perfect opportunity to undertake a daunting project that could never be done with a toddler around: clean and reorganize my basement.
Compared to my past challenges, this week doesn’t feel like much of a “thing” to do this week. It may seem like a cop-out, but I do what I want.
My Inspiration: The timing was right, the nesting urge was raging and I needed to make a spare “bedroom”. I needed no further inspiration. It had to be done.
What I Need:
- Trash bags
- Lots of storage bins
- Screw gun
Who is Helping Me: Podcasts! I haven’t yet mentioned here before that I am OBSESSED with podcasts! I easily listen to 10+ different podcasts in a given week and they are the best thing in the world to have blaring in the background when you are cleaning. Someday I will devote a post to discussing all my favorites. Someday.
Who is NOT Helping Me: Braxton Hicks Contractions. Yes, I was doing “too much”. Yes, I shouldn’t be moving a treadmill while 35 weeks pregnant. Yes, I should be resting. Yes, this was an unnecessary project.. but I did not care. However, my uterus very much cared and she let me know that she was concerned with my activity level by peppering very strong Braxton Hicks contractions throughout the day to say “Hey.. can we sit for a little bit?”.
How I Did It:
- I put on my first podcast.
- I got to working. Here’s the before picture.. I am very embarrassed. It was a DISASTER: Here’s the after:
- I congratulated myself for a job well done and finally sat down.
As you can see, I made a spare “bedroom” in my basement. Because we only have 3 bedrooms and we’re about to have a second child, we don’t have any spare bedrooms for any visitors. I know it’s not the most inviting space there ever was, but it’s something. A critical element for creating the bedroom feel was developing a makeshift dividing “wall” between the bedroom area and the rest of our junk. I was certain any future visitors would not want to feel like they’re sleeping next to a chest freezer and dusty Christmas decorations, so I knew I needed to make something to cordon off the junk area. Luckily, I had just replaced our curtains a few months ago so I had 4 huge curtain panels that were not being used. I found some rope in my husband’s workshop and Macgyvered a way to hang the curtains from the ceiling joists with some screws and a screw gun.
It’s not pretty, but it works.
I also hung some old pictures of my husband and me, I placed an almost spent candle on the nightstand along side our ultrasound picture from our gender reveal (because why not?), made the bed look pretty and rolled out an old rug.
Would I Do It Again?/Final Thoughts?: The truth is: this is not my first time cleaning a basement while pregnant. I cleaned and reorganized the basement 2.5 years ago when my first son was in utero. In 2.5 years, this space descended into dreadful chaos and I know (whether I like it or not..) I’ll probably have to do this again in another 2.5 years. Until that time comes, I can rest easy knowing the basement is done and I have now successfully reorganized every single room in my house in the last 2 months.
I am a crazy person and nesting is very, very real.
Side note: My sister gave birth to my nephew Henry Edward on Feb 23rd and he is incredibly adorable, very healthy and I am completely obsessed.