You may remember an older post of mine about helping out with Samaritan House's basement where I sometimes volunteer. Samaritan house is a homeless shelter that allows guests to recover from hospital stays. The home was donated but is a bit older so storage space is definitely at a minimum throughout the house so the basement tends to get the bulk of the clutter. I am happy to say that over Memorial Day weekend we were able to start the first part of the project.
Let me refresh you on the before scenario:
The cardboard boxes were not optimal. In fact, there was a big rainstorm while we were there and the floor flooded a bit. There were open items which could easily be destroyed by the elements of the basement.
Listening to some of the solutions from our readers, we ordered a lot of steel reinforced resin shelves. They only take 5 minutes to snap together, the feet elevate the shelves above the floor, and they hold up to 1000 pounds!
Next we used different color totes to designate different types of items being stored:
-Silver – donations of clothing, grouped by size
-Tan - serving items such as extra napkins, plates & serving dishes
-Blue – miscellaneous household items like board games
-Green – Christmas decorations that were donated
We got a good start on the project but needed to bring more lighting to clean out the other areas and finsih the project.
We hope to update you soon on the final progress!