Make The Most Of Your Basement
By Belina Storrey
The basement of many homes is neglected, left undecorated and kept unlivable.
If you are one of these people that has held off working on your basement, I
suggest you think again. Consider the incredible potential that lies just below
the main floor of your home. Think not only about the square footage that making
your basement functional would add to your family's space, but think too about
all of the great ways you could put that space to use.
Think about all of the things that have been added to the collections and
treasures of everyone in your family. In no time a home can go from being barely
filled to becoming overfilled. The extra set of golf clubs or fishing rods, you
know, just in case. The boxes and crates filled with craft supplies from the
latest and greatest sales. The stuffed animals that your now teenaged children
don't want to live without. I'd like to suggest to you that one of the biggest
and best reasons to finish the basement of your home is to make space for
storage. Devote an entire section or room in your basement to hold the treasures
of your family in an organized way.
Besides providing space for organization and storage, your basement can be a
great place to give each member of your family a little nook of their own. Do
you love to collect articles and momentos from your favorite sporting events and
teams? If so, make a space in your basement to display all the things you're
proud of. Or, better yet, let the things you've collected adorn the walls of a
room and then fill it with exercise equipment to get you in shape as well. If
your dining room table has been taking over by your wife's latest sewing or
scrapbooking project, give her the craft room of her dreams in your basement.
Finish off a room just for her. Build shelves and cabinets to hold all of her
things and she will love you like never before. You will get the dining room
table back and your wife will get a sacred space all for herself.
Your kids will love having part of the basement to play in as well. There is
nothing quite like having room for a toy closet or a carpeted play area.
Finishing off a play space for your children will give them hours of endless
entertainment and give you hours of peace and quiet someplace else.
You'll never know all the ways that making your basement a livable space
will make your life better. Take your family out to dinner and announce the
start of the project that everyone will love. They will be excited to
participate in finishing the basement because they know how fun a new space will