Stay Cool in the Heat

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By Wendy Himes; Professional Organizer- Parker
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It's Hot. It's really hot. It's too hot to clean the house. It's too hot to clean the garage, and definitely too hot to do anything in the garden after 10 am. So let's venture down to the basement and see what we can do down there.

If your basement is already finished, wonderful. We can just clean it. Dust, vacuum, get rid of anything that wouldn't be worth moving with you if you had to do so next week. Need to put up the winter clothes? I think it's safe to say that we won't be having any more snowstorms for a few more months. Need containers for all of your boots, ski pants, coats, hats, and gloves? I highly recommend CLEAR plastic bins. Clear so that you can see that lone boot hiding at the bottom of the container, plastic because cardboard boxes are highly prone to molding and bins because opaque garbage bags just don't stack well, and it's usually a mystery as to what's inside them. These can be found at Wal-Mart, Target, Big Lots, IKEA or The Container Store. Label the front of them too.

If your basement isn't already finished, then let's get to work. Get clear plastic bins for all of the items that you need to store, and categorize them well. Stack them in a corner, vacuum and dust the basement and create a living space. Make sure the basement is well lit or get brighter or more bulbs to make it more homey. Buy a carpet remnant from a carpet dealer. The remnants can be bound for $100 so that they look more finished and so that they last longer. Paint the inside of your window well with several coats of white primer and paint. The white paint will let in more light and looking out onto white paint is nicer than looking out onto galvanized metal. Put down a thick layer of rock salt in the window well to kill any weeds that could come up, then a layer of plastic. (A garbage bag will work fine.) Cover the bottom with nice bleached river rock and behold; a low maintenance basement window view that's worth looking out on.

A random assortment of comfy couches, loveseats, chairs and beanbag chairs make a great seating area, and trunks double as tables and storage. Leave a television, toys and a gaming system down there, and voila. What more could you need for a children's play area or a second area for family entertainment? The basement is the cheapest and coolest floor of the house. Let's make it work for you!