Monday, March 25, 2013


So...what do you do when it's spring...but doesn't feel like it outside?

I organize!  Spring fever has me in a "get going" mood, so I'm trying to get things done inside.

This was a long time coming.  I'm not sure why I didn't get around to it until now, but our basement was in dire need of some organization.

Anyone who lives in an old farm house can probably testify to the lack of closet space.  Don't get me wrong...I love our old house...but finding places to store things is a bit of a challenge, other than stacking them in the corner of an empty bedroom, or in a corner of the basement.

A few years ago, my Dad built me some canning shelves.  They're just simple shelves...nothing fancy, but so handy!  I've had them full of canned goods, empty canning jars, canning supplies, extra kettles, etc.  The coolers, empty containers, egg boxes, bulk paper towels, etc. have found their spots in neat (sometimes) piles in the space at the bottom of the basement steps.  Last week, a light bulb went on in my head...why couldn't he make me some more shelves, so I could get these things up off the floor?

They measure 6' x 6', and are 15" deep...

He made them in two sections, fastened them together and anchored them to the wall.  I liked his nifty screw has a light that turns on when he pulls the trigger, making it easy to see where he's working...

Finished...and already full...

The old shelves are now much more organized too.  I can't believe how many empty jars I already have!

And last but not least...he made a smaller 3' x 3' section under the steps, for us to put our paint cans, etc. on.  This is the area that first gets wet if we have a problem.  Last week, my washer over flowed late in the evening, and until we noticed it...we some water in the basement.

I use the Rubbermaid tubs to store our out-of-season barn clothes...

I feel so much better now!  Next on the list is the spare bedroom.

What do you do when it's spring, but doesn't feel like it outside?


  1. Ohhhh,, I am so jealous. My husband hates all the boxes of the empty canning bottles in our shed. What a nice father you have.
    I knit but I should be doing other inside things so that I can move to outside chores as soon as it warms up.

  2. You are so lucky to have a father who can do these little projects for you and it makes storage so nice and organized. Have a great week.

  3. Wow I love to borrow that handy man:) Great job I could use a few of those. I find I am still outside even when I do not feel like it:)
    You are very lucky to have a handy Dad.
    Hope it warms up soon but I do like the idea of you getting all those special projects done. Hug B

  4. Wow looks great . It is nice to have things organized isn't it ? We are in an old farm house to over 100 years old and closet space is very little lol even less in the basement as we do not have a basement per say just a floor door to an alcove where the furnace and water heater are , the walls are of an old school house foundation as part of this farm house was a school house back in the early 1800s . So when Papa here had his workshop built he made sure there was loft so we could use it as storage for most of our things that we tend to keep around lol our spare bedroom we have kept from storage so far lol. I will be waiting for the temps to warm up more as I like to spring clean with my windows open . Have a good evening !

  5. I love it! I had my husband do the same in our basement. This weekend I did some serious spring cleaning in the kitchen

  6. Very nice! I have the feeling Glenn enjoyed building them almost as much as you love using them!

  7. Nice work. Spring makes us all want to spiff up our nests. It's just nature.

  8. Oh I love your shelves!!! I like your canning shelves best as that would be so nice. I have tons of jars too. I still have food left so I know we need to get busy eating it up.
    I bet it does feel so nice. So nice to that your Dad built them. I would love to have a basement.

  9. How nice to have all that new shelf space! Here's to handy dads! :-)

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  11. Love the organization shelves, maybe your Dad can come to my house.

  12. I wish I were that organized! Good for you!


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