Usually a “reveal” consists of after photos from a project, but it feels appropriate to use that word here. Our basement has been hidden long enough – we are ready to reveal the basement clutter in all it’s “before” glory.
The picture above shows the stairs leading down to our unfinished basement. I wrote about how our basement got to it’s present condition here.
More Than Projects
When I wrote that my husband is a renaissance man, I meant that he has experience as a fine artist, wood worker, carpenter, graphic designer, and he is currently an art teacher with the public school system. Mixed in with the outright junk are useful tools, valuable past works of art, and potential resources for future creative endeavors with our children or his future students.
He hates the word “clutter” because it holds a negative connotation for him. When we are talking about the stuff in the basement together, I try not to use that word (although when blogging I use it frequently).
Being Sensitive to Your Spouse While Decluttering
There is the constant question of what to do when one part of a couple wants to declutter and the other is resistant. I have had that question. My frustration, nagging, and attempts to “help” declutter the basement in the past have resulted in very little lasting change. My negative attitude has created more resistance rather than collaboration.
It is only when I followed the suggestions of starting with my own stuff and leading by example that I’ve seen my husband come around in small ways. He helps keep our clutter free zone clear and joined me in editing his clothes. After several months of seeing me clear things out of the house and feeling the benefits of having clutter free spaces, he is ready to tackle the basement clutter.
The Before Photos
Okay, so here are the other photos once you come down the stairs…
So there you go – a 360 degree view of our basement clutter before we work to get it functional and orderly.
When I shot these photos and looked at them on my phone, I was sort of horrified. I felt like the photos made the basement look so much worse – surely it’s not THAT bad. I know though that that is just “slob vision” at work. It IS that bad, and we’re finally ready to work on it together.
I hope showing our basement clutter as it truly is will encourage you if you have an “area of secret shame”. It could be worse, and it’s going to get a whole lot better!
Are you ready to face your “area of secret shame”?