Owning Up To My Mess & Cleaning It Up

This might quite literally be my most embarrassing post yet. If have been following this blog for a while, you probably have heard me mention our basement. I have said it could nail me a spot on a show about hoarders. You may have thought I was being dramatic, but I wasn’t. These photos were shot last March. The basement probably wasn’t even at its worse then.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Oh my word! (hangs head in shame) I really don’t know how this happened. We moved in and odds and ends went to the basement. We gutted our kitchen and stuff went to the basement. We had kids and switched rooms to nurseries and stuff went to the basement. At some point it became so overwhelming I just avoided going down there. No matter how clean or pulled together the rest of the house was, there was this nagging feeling when it came to the basement. I honestly never thought we would ever get to it. With two kids and a third one on the way, the day to day stuff seemed hard enough to keep caught up on. Finding extra time, patience and willpower for the basement seemed impossible.

Then one day I snapped. I just started. I got it stuck in my head that I was going to clean out one section, and I did. Little by little we were making a dent. Half the basement was done! The laundry area, work space and storage area were still a complete disaster. When Trinity asked for bloggers to use their products for an organization project I was all, “PICK ME! PICK ME!”. Aside from browsing their site and falling in love with all of their products and wanting to order 10 of everything, I knew that being held accountable for this post would kick my butt in gear. I was starting to loose my motivation. Any guesses as to when this post is due? Yeah, I saved it until the bitter end, but I did do it!

Where you see a fridge, high chair and other randomness, that is now my craft space.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Before the husband and I tackled the work space I snapped a photo. Here is the before.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

And the after.Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Pretty impressive, huh! When we finished Ross even commented that he has so much organization and storage space it looked like he had nothing now. The rickety shelf that was about to fall over and kill a child is gone and in it’s place is a very sturdy Trinity shelf. Our other amazing Trinity pick was a collection of organizational bins.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

All those giant drawers were kind of a waste of space with no way to organize stuff. Ross used a bunch of the small red bins to sort and corral screws, tools, etc. Kinda perfect, huh? The larger gray bins help to keep other stuff organized.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

We still have so much room on that shelf, that as Ross’s collection grows we have space to grow with it.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

I loved the gray bins so much I snatched some for my craft space.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Little spots for labels and all. Then some closet organizers, washi tape, a peg board, folding tables and a hand-me down hutch did the trick.

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

I am so thankful for the extra storage and organization help these Trinity products gave me. It is hard to believe the difference! Because it was such hard work, lets look at it one more time :).

This:

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

To this:

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

And this:

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

To this:

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Please tell me you understand? So what space needs some extra love for you? If you are thinking about getting down to the nitty gritty and getting some organization done, Trinity is offering 15% off your entire purchase through February 17, 2013 by using the promo code: CLEVER0113. They always have free shipping too. Win-win!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sharing this project at: Thrifty Decor Chick-Before and After Party

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Megan
Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647928366 Merium Crook-vander Ros

    sigh~at first glance i thought your before photos were pics of my garage, so i completely get it! plan to get to my embarrassing place in the spring….

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Yes, I wasn’t brave enough to share, until I had an after. Good luck on that garage!

  • Katie Thomas

    Thanks for being *real*! I love seeing the transformations! Being organized makes my heart happy! Great jobs guys it looks great!!!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Being real can be a tad embarrassing. Hopefully it motivates others to tackle their disasters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hmmilton Heidi McCarty Milton

    Woo hoo, Megan!! That is an incredible transformation! Love your craft space — now you’re probably breathing easier and like a crafting fool. :) I’ll have to check out their site!
    xo Heidi

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      OMG! It feels so much better Heidi. I don’t think I realized how much the disaster weighed on me.

  • Ann Marie @ whbs

    Wow, that space is amazing! I get excited when I see unfinished basement makeovers, this is a good one ;) Jealous of your new crafting space, that’s awesome!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! I told you it was bad ;)

  • Cari

    I’ll have to get some in -progress photos going of the “studio” room in our house. You know, the junk room that never got made into a studio? Well, it’s 80% empty now, and it will be our master bedroom sometime soon. We’re working on purging clothing and furniture so that we can finally fit into our 1939 home! Once that’s done, the transformation photos will come your way…

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Bet it feels good! I cannot believe how much we have gotten rid of. Deep breath.

  • http://twitter.com/christinasadven Christina

    Megan that looks awesome!! I seriously love the space – you did a great job! And I love how pretty all of your MS paints look too :)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks Christina! I think all those paints, mod podge….at least half of the stuff is from campaigns.

  • Heidi @ Mom’s Crafty Space

    The new space looks awesome, Megan! Great job!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks Heidi :).

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristenMsutton Kristen Sutton

    I’m so thankful you posted this…gives me hope that I can do it too!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Oh-my-word you can. I plan on a follow-up blog post, because I have so many details and I think we all need a little pep talk.

  • Amy G.

    I’m a little behind the times here (just stumbled upon your blog) but I’m SO glad to have found someone who has walked in my shoes. Now…I need to get the cement out of them and do some deep cleaning!!!