Living Simply: The Furnace Room

by Josée

The basement of our house is like one big storage area. We rarely go down there except to store things and do laundry. There’s a guest room, laundry area, three storage spaces, a bathroom and a rec-room. It’s dark and gloomy. There are no windows, half the lights don’t work and much of it is unfinished. Since the basement is the area of my house where stuff accumulates the most I’m going to be focusing on this area in the next few weeks.

The first room to get my attention is the furnace room.

This room is an extension to my kitchen. There are two deep freezers and a couple shelves that store canned food, bulk food items, wine making equipment and larger kitchen tools like the dehydrator and water bath canner. It’s not a pretty place.

That grey storage cabinet at the end of the room is always a complete mess. It’s suppose to be for tools and is my Hubby’s responsibility. I’m considering sending all his stuff outside to the shed and using the space to store other things.

There is even some art sitting in this room that we took down when renovating our bedroom. It has to go back upstairs. 
My goals for this room are to donate or sell anything we don’t use, install some shelving above the freezers, empty the grey storage cabinet of tools, hang the art upstairs, discard old food from the freezers and donate any good unopened food items that won’t get eaten. I don’t think I’m going to worry about making it look pretty. As long as it’s functional that should be good enough.
If you have any ideas for improving this room, please leave a comment below. Also, be sure to check Elisa’s blog post on simplifying the living room.

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cindyswobblog June 14, 2011 - 4:45 pm

If you're looking for a place for some beets, my mom and dad LOVED the cans you sent for them! Good luck with the furnace room – I agree, basements can be scary places, especially when there are no windows. Good luck! (looking forward to your ATC's!)

Chelsea Rae June 14, 2011 - 6:26 pm

hehehehehe. I love that you have so many jars of beets left. Going to do fewer this year? I wish I had done more!

Functional is definitely more important than pretty when it comes to basements.

Chantell June 14, 2011 - 8:12 pm

You have inspired yet again 🙂 so far I have done the backyard, and Hunter's room (notice I havn't touched MY stuff…:-)) I have a huge pile of stuff started to donate/sell…I am overwhelmed though, I like to get things DONE when I have a fresh new idea…and it's a lot of work, especially with 2 "helpers"! I think the downstairs rec room, storage room, and kitchen will be my biggest challanges, and the rooms that most need it! I have also decided to get rid of the toys in the living room, keeping a FEW in each kids room, and the rest downstairs. I am learning that less is more…

Elisa June 18, 2011 - 1:43 am

Oh gosh, I'm so slow, I'm finally making it over here. What a fun room! It's such a good thing I don't have one of those, because it's so easy to accumulate things when you don't have to look at them every day. I agree: make it functional, not pretty. =) Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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