Last time I cleaned our basement cage was summer 2012, and it looked like this:
Nice and tidy. Somehow between summer 2012 and February 2014 this happened:
So I spent 4 hours yesterday moving pretty much everything out of the cage, vacuuming the space with my new shop vac, and laying down our old living room rug for a nice, homey feel [I realize the basement could flood and ruin the rug, but hopefully we’d have enough time to move it – and a few other things – to higher ground before the water reached our cage]. Then I moved everything* back in, with a new layout:
The biggest change I made was moving the 2 wooden IKEA shelving units from the left wall of the cage to the back, so I could free up room under the light for my workbench. Now I just need to build me a workbench! For now our old coffee table is a place holder.
My Shop-Vac has been a great little purchase – it sucked up tons of dust and some small debris from the basement cage floor, and sucked up a ton of cobwebs from the rafters. Don’t ask me why it took me 6 months to actually open the box and use it… I have no good answer.
* I actually didn’t move everything back in – I weeded out a lot of stuff, which will go either out on our curb this spring [we have an awesome curb – every time we put something out it’s usually gone before we’re even back inside**], or we’ll sell it on Craigslist. You can see some of it through the mesh cage wall in the pic on the right. Hooray for [early] spring cleaning!
** Last summer we put out a set of 4 IKEA chairs and as I set the last one down, a man in a station wagon came screeching to a halt, kicked his son out of the car, told him to walk the rest of the way home, and loaded the chairs in. LOL!!!