Back in December there were a couple days in a row where it rained and rained. It was a Wednesday and Eric and I were ready to head to Morton for our dinner with his parents and the CORE program at church. I decided to go down and make sure the sump pump was running well and make sure the basement was doing well with all the rain. I opened the door to the basement and could only say "oh no!" (over and over again) Eric was upstairs and immediately knew what I was looking at....
About two inches of water throughout our whole basement!!!!
Eric and I know everything happens for a reason. And God surely was watching out for us! Because just the weekend before we had gone through a couple things in the basement and put items such as childhood books, toys, and house decor into bins. So all those items were safe!!! And the reason I decided to move those things into bins? I just had an itch to do it. God is so good.
We also know that this happened because we had a lot of boxes (like the one in the picture) full of junk or nothing and all of it was thrown away! Something we learned? Boxes for items in your house, like the toaster, blender, camera, etc... don't need to be saved.
Here are a couple other pictures of the mess:
The sump pump... not working
You can see the newly organized and labeled bins in the background.
So... we spent the next 24 hours buying a new sump pump and cleaning out the basement. We had a lot of junk! (and have only lived in this house a year...that's pathetic). Oh and guess what else what cleaned out... the mice living in our basement. They were floating throughout the basement as we cleaned up... at least we know there aren't any mice now!
We then spent some time getting it all cleaned up and looking like this:
But then we needed to do something with the bins. AND make sure that if the basement ever flooded again (we hope not) we wouldn't have everything sitting on the ground again. So thanks to my my grandpa's design he had done in my parent's basement, Eric began working on putting up shelves. (In the spot of the last picture above).
He is becoming such the handyman :) I guess you have to when your house is always falling apart!
Here is the final picture:
Here is the entire back hallway section - we hope to redo the right side of the shelves, they are very warped, but work for now.
And here it is! The final picture with all our labeled bins! Yay organization!!!! (And yes - we already filled the whole thing! But we really did get rid of a lot of junk! And a lot of the bins still have room for more things and are organized into seasons, decor, and childhood stuff)
Hope you enjoyed! The next post? All about the
orange craft room! Get excited! It is BEAUTIFUL!
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E & E