Basement Storage: One Step Closer to Parking in the Garage!

Garage Mayhem

Evan and I got some Home Depot gift cards for Christmas and they were burning a hole in our pocket. Before the Holidays, we’d already decided what we wanted,  so we went out and bought a shelving unit. The reason we felt we needed this shelf, you see, is that we have a very small basement area, and a garage full of crap. Boxes of old books, a bowling ball, a box fan, picnic basket….that kind of crap.


Currently I’m parking in the driveway because the garage is filled with things that should live on a shelf, so clearing some space for the car is a goal. (Another goal is going to be learning how to back into the oh-so-narrow garage, but that’s an issue for another day.) Just today we fixed the garage door opener, so that I can actually enter the house through the garage, so that should be a treat. In the mean time I’ve been parking in the driveway and then walking in and out through the front door.

Let’s take a look at our lovely new shelving unit….

Evan in assembly mode. It really only took about 15 minutes.

It should be stated that I signed up for an “Instagram” account today. If you’re not familiar, it’s a photo sharing service with the added bonus of making your pictures look old-timey.

Fully assembled!

Fully stocked! You should know that TWO of those bins and the laundry basked remain empty!

And no, I could not be bothered to move the clothes rack out of the way.

Remember when I said that one of the items I moved were books? So I was going through the process of condensing them into one bin, and found this gem, which I am compelled to share:

Yes, as a matter of fact, that IS Dave Barry inside of a decades-old computer!

Let me just make it clear: this book is Evan’s, not mine. During the moving process I made multiple trips to Goodwill and donated boxes of books, bags of clothes, plenty of knick-knacks, and even an entire set of dishes. The fact that this book is here at all means that at one point Evan picked it up and said to himself, “Yes, I would like to keep this book. It is worth the effort to move and the money to store. This is a book that I may at some point open and read.” It’s mere existence in our home speaks volumes, doesn’t it? Hopefully it’s specific location says something too;  It’s currently in the bottom, right-most bin, where it will peacefully live out the rest of it’s days.

Bottom line: one step closer to parking the car in the garage!


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