Extreme Decluttering and Organizing 2019 Basement Edition


Joseph: Hi, guys. This is Joseph. Tasha: And Tasha with One Big Happy Life and
we make videos about how to find balance, build wealth, and live happy. So if you are all about creating the life
that you want, then hit that subscribe button because we got all kinds of good stuff for
you. Joseph: So last time we made a video about
cleaning out our basement. We were very ambitious and we were going to
do the entire thing and then we only did half. Tasha: This half, this right here. Joseph: But we promised that we would get
back to it and we would clean the other half and we showed you a glimpse of it. While we finally got back to it and we completely
nailed it, not all in one day, but sometimes it takes you more than one day to get cleaning
done. Tasha: I will say, it’s a work in progress. Is it still? Is it perfect? Did we get absolutely everything and now our
basement is pristine? No. But wait till you see. Obviously, we’re shooting this intro after
we’ve already cleaned it. We think we’ve done a pretty good job. Let’s take a look at the before. So here is what our basement looks like. As you can see we have a lot going on in here. Yeah, I was actually kind of shocked when
I went down and started filming everything to really see exactly how bad it was. So we started with the area closest to the
door. That made the most sense to us. There were these three boxes in there that
we had no idea what was even in there. The very first box had baby clothing. So since we are hoping to conceive this year,
we just kept that box in its entirety, didn’t really touch anything in it. The next boxes were a mix of just a whole
bunch of random stuff, craft stuff, Halloween stuff, a random pink dinosaur pajama thing
of Alexis’, and so we really went through both boxes, everything in the boxes to see
what we should keep and what we should get rid of. It was really fun going through the boxes
because we just rediscovered things that we had forgotten that we even had like Alexis’
first Halloween costume and of course that pink dragon thing that she’s kind of wiggling
her button every so often, pictures of Alexis when she was younger. Also this box right here, that third box was
basically filled with cloth because I was into doing a lot of home décor DIY projects
and so I’ve amassed a lot of cloth over the past 17 years. But so many of the pieces of cloth no longer
suited my current style and so it really pained me to admit it, but I needed to let it go. Next up, we considered these pictures of Joseph
kind of throughout his childhood and he couldn’t make a decision one way or another on what
he wanted to do with them. So we just decided to table that and I put
my law degree with it. So next up we tackled the other side of the
doorway and you can see it’s just a random jumble of a whole bunch of stuff. So I left most of this footage in because
I wanted to show that we actually picked through all of these stuff and took it out bit by
bit. So while you were looking at that, let me
explain how it is that our basement got to be in this condition. So we moved into this house three and a half
years ago and our focus was mainly on the upstairs because when we moved in, we were
due to have a baby in about six months, not to mention we had started to brand new jobs
and Alexis had started a brand new school so I had this really long commute, I was super
pregnant and so we really just didn’t pay attention to what was going on in the basement
for a long time. Then we had Reeves and he was a baby and babies
take up a lot of time and they have a lot of stuff. As Reeves got older and outgrew his stuff,
we just kind of stashed it all in the basement figuring, well, hoping we’d have another baby
and we would get around to using this stuff at some point. So fast forward Reeves is a year old and now
we have this YouTube channel that’s slowly growing into a six-figure business and is
really taking up a lot of our time. So while we were focused on decluttering upstairs
and maintaining our business and maintaining our jobs and maintaining our relationship
both as a couple and as a family, the basement just got worse and worse and worse until we
finally decided to tackle it late in 2018. So we only got the first half done and so
now here we are knocking this half out. I’m going to tell you just being perfectly
hones, this was really, really mentally challenging to go through all of this stuff. At so many points while we were going through
all these stuff, I just wanted to just get rid of all of it because it just seems like
way too much stuff. Part of the reason why also we have so much
stuff is because we haven’t decluttered over the years and I’m starting to really realize
the importance of periodic decluttering and also just being more conscious of the items
that we bring into our home in the first place and just being a bit more selective. As we went through the things, we really tried
to throw away immediately, put in a trash bag anything that we knew we were going to
get rid of. Similarly, anything we felt that we were going
to donate, we put it in the donate pile. Then for anything that was loose that didn’t
immediately have a place, like there were a lot of Halloween decorations out, there
were a lot of Christmas decorations out, we started separate piles for those things so
that when we got to dealing with those particular items, we could see exactly how much we had
and how much could fit in the storage options that we had available to us. We also happen to have a lot of bike gear
down in the basement because we do have several bikes. Joseph has a triathlon bike and a, I don’t
know, some sort of hybrid bike. I wish I knew more about it but that’s it. Then Alexis and I each also have a road bike,
so we have four bikes and lots of bike gear because we work on our bikes ourselves. Then of course we have, I realized as we were
cleaning up the basement, an insane amount of Christmas decorations and I definitely
think that I need to do a separate video with us going through our Christmas decor and really
paring it down. This box right here is just a giant box of
Christmas garland, because we used to live in a much bigger house and so we had enough
Christmas garland to decorate that entire house and now we live in a smaller house and
so we don’t really have as much use for it. But it’s such nice garland that I really don’t
want to part with it. So honestly I probably won’t just yet, but
maybe I will one day. Which brings me to the other thing that I
realized about decluttering and organizing, that it’s an ongoing process and it’s okay
to do it multiple times, to touch your things multiple times and to work through the process
multiple times. It’s a lot less intimidating and it makes
sure that things don’t get as out of hand as what happened in our basement. So here is what the basement ended up looking
like at the end of our first day. We thought we’d get everything done but we
didn’t. So here’s everything that we pulled out that
we still need to go through. So on the second day we decided to tackle
the last quadrant of the basement before we even started dealing with the stuff that we
had pulled out. So this area really took a long time for us
to take care of because there were so many little bits and bobbles and things that we
needed to consider. Not to mention that it’s not super easy to
dispose of what are essentially building materials. So paint and extra flooring pieces and wood
stain and all of that kind stuff, we had to really think, “Okay, well, where are we going
to put all this stuff? How are we going to dispose of it? Which of these things do we need to keep and
do we not need to keep?” Because some of the paint is paint that we’ve
used in the house right now and there was actually a substantial amount of stuff that
was left behind by the previous owners that we were trying to figure out bit by bit what
to do with. For example, you can see the cabinet doors
there that can be switched out with our current cabinets so that we have more glass I guess,
or open cabinets, but we don’t really want that, but we don’t want to get rid of them. You can also see those spindles there. Those were left by the previous owners, and
I don’t think we’re ever going to use them, but we’re just going to hold onto them just
in case we find the need. That way we don’t have to buy all new things. Just like those floorboards, they actually
go with the laminate that’s all throughout the downstairs of our house. So there’s some stuff that we wish we could
get rid of that we just can’t. All right. So now that the main decluttering is done
in that area of the basement, now it’s time to do a final go through of all of that stuff,
figure out what needs to be thrown out and what gets to go back in the other side of
the basement in an organized and tidy manner. So you can see that we do have a lot of gift
wrap and ribbon and we really had no place to put the gift wrap so I ended up ordering
something off of Amazon that came a few days later. Okay, so here is the pile of Halloween stuff
that we made as we were clearing out the other side of the basement. So we decided that we had three tubs available
to hold all of our Halloween items and that everything needed to fit in those three tubs,
and if it didn’t fit then it needed to go. Now, honestly, those three tubs, that’s probably
still too much Halloween stuff and so we will need to declutter and pare down even more. But for the sake of getting it done and keeping
it moving because now we’re on our third day working through this stuff, we decided that’s
what we were going to do this time. So now I’m taking care of the Christmas ribbon
and again I decided I have one tub available for Christmas ribbon and anything that didn’t
fit didn’t get to stay. So now it’s been a couple of days and I got
my gift wrap holder from Amazon and so I am filling it up and I’m loving it because everything’s
stands up neatly. Lastly, I’m putting away all of the gift bags
in that bin and then it’s just a matter of organizing all the bits and bobbles that we
have left. So I did decide to let go of all of the fabric. So we are going to be donating that. On this shelf, I put all of our light bulbs
and we do have a lot of light bulbs because we have switched out the light bulbs throughout
the house to high powered light bulbs because we end up shooting videos throughout the house. This is Joseph being silly with some swords
and we decided to keep those for Halloween costumes. We finally made the decision on what to do
with my law degree and with Joseph’s pictures. So Joseph’s going to get the pictures scanned
so that we can digitize them and I’m actually going to throw away my law degree because
it’s messed up so I need to get a new one. So here is what our basement looked like before
which is, oh, I cannot believe that it used to look like that. Here is what it looked like after four days
of work. Crazy, right? But it’s amazing what you can do when you
put your mind to it and we will make sure it never gets like that again. Thank you so much for watching. Here’s the other side of the basement so you
can see that we did actually put all that stuff away. All right. We’ll see you guys in the next video. Bye.

100 thoughts on “Extreme Decluttering and Organizing 2019 Basement Edition

  1. I've been wanting to go through my cluttered and horrible basement, and after watching this video I think I'm ready! If you can do it, I can do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Next Halloween, you'll put up the decorations that you love and that'll be the perfect time to go thru and purge. I did that last year with my x-mas decorations. I had three boxes and knew that I wanted to get down to just two. So, as I was putting up decorations, I asked myself if I really wanted to use these things again next year. I dropped off the extra decor along with the box at the salvation army just after new year's.

  3. Baby stuff takes up so much space! I'm hoping to be pregnant again this year and the newborn stuff is just intense haha

  4. This is the first video of yours Iโ€™ve ever watched, and Wow. That was intense. Iโ€™m definitely subscribing. Hubby and I have our degrees all framed and hung up in our home office.

  5. We don't have a basement/attic or garage on purpose in the beginning anyway. We have a side door that leads out to our driveway that has a deck where we store 5 lawn tools recently purchased; 2 gas cans; tracks for driving our riding mower up onto our truck and a riding lawnmower. My husband is a retired builder so his tools are neatly lined up on one wall of his office but they came with carrying cases so it looks okay(not my favorite but it is fine). We labeled 5 bins Cords-grilling items-paint supplies-car care-and outdoor supplies(like bug sprays or weed eater supplies-etc.) and lined those up in his office closet with two saws. His dream now is to have a work shop! He loves building furniture as his hobby like your husband! I would really like to have a space now to put these type items as well. We hope to down size in a few years and purchase a home with a garage. I have never had to set one up so I watched closely at your organizing of this similar type space. You have lots of space for these type things and did a super job!!! The work bench looks awesome! God bless and thanks!

  6. You have inspired me. I just have a small one bedroom apartment but I have โ€œstuff.โ€ I want to get it done before my sister and my friend visit in 3 weeks.

  7. this video just made me realize, how much I don't want to tackle my basement LMBO…. Great Job Family!!!!!

  8. You two are such a great couple. I hope my son can find a woman as wonderful as you someday! In my neck of the woods, a declutter like this goes straight onto tables in the garage with a big "Garage Sale" sign out front. The leftovers then go to donation! Thanks for keeping it real!

  9. When I am done painting a room I put the leftovers into pickle jars, or any glass or plastic jar and label it.. Keeping it in the can usually dries out and it gets rusty. You can also just keep them in the closets of the rooms if you want so you can do touch ups.

  10. Amazing! You basement reminds me of my craft room. It took me days as well, but it feels so much better! Looks great!

  11. It was so brave of you to share the before situation. The transformation is amazing.
    Greetings from South Africa

  12. good job, deluttering is a proces. for myself it is a proces of years. I have now a smaller house and a bigger garden. That is what i want. And the proces is still in proces.

  13. Great job on the clean up, looks like you all were mostly on the same page with few disagreements. I love your staircase. It needs to be showcased if you ever decide to make a living space down there.

  14. Amazing work. Well done. It's so easy to put things off for a later that never seems to come.

  15. Something you said 2:10, I think epitomizes western life. 'We rediscovered things we forgot we had.' We've become such mindless consumers that we can buy things, pay for the square footage to store them and then completely forget we have them.

  16. Nice video. I still Spring Clean (like my Grandma used to) even if I think I don't need it. I'm always surprised how much I have to donate once I'm done. Make a section for something and only allow it so much space to keep it from becoming overgrown. I have Christmas ornament section. If I want to buy an ornament, it has to fit in this section. If not, then I have to throw an old ornament away.

  17. I declutter everyday…lol! You are right you have to declutter periodically.

  18. I personally do not do holidays but I would say one storage container per holiday.

  19. Saw you guys on the local news!!! So happy for you both! Best Wishes!!!๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

  20. Sherman Williams paint will take old paint, at least they will in CT.

  21. Have you thought of having a hugh garage sale and then donating what doesn't sell?

  22. Thank you for this video and for allowing us into your messy basement. It really helped me connect more with your family- we have cluttered spaces that need some attention. I like how your family works together. ๐Ÿ˜

  23. Aloha!… and greetings from Hawaii. I really enjoyed this video, it was very motivational. New sub here.

  24. It looks so much better! Why are you keeping the old carpet bits and pieces on the floor?

  25. Some townships have once a year disposal for hazards like paints stains cleaners . And I would things you donโ€™t want at curb free. And sell somethings on Facebook market place. Great job

  26. Wow! Yโ€™all put in some serious work! Good job! Thanks for sharing, this was inspiring.

  27. I love the little hug at 6:30. We need that when tackling a big project. Our basement is a wreck!

  28. Usually means my husband will declutter every 4 months we have space constraints it's good so we can keep track of thinks rather things piling up :).

  29. Why do Youtubers think they need to play music in the background when they are talking. For people with a propensity for headaches, it is unbearable and makes the video unwatchable. Was looking forward to this, but . . . bye bye.

  30. Im so proud of you I love that fact that you guys are so real with everything,I love your channel from the Keto diet to finances to decluttering you are real people (no for the camera).I enjoy watching you guys.

  31. Great video! I think you guys should label the box so you don't forget what's inside

  32. Why are you keeping things that you say you literally don't want? Let those glass cabinets go; it's just a mental block!

  33. we never knew what hoarding was until we saw the show ..or our own houses/junk rooms๐Ÿ˜›i read that book of only owning 1000 things in life and what a wonderful simple feeling that must be!!๐Ÿ’Ÿ..(we probably have more like 10,000+..)..still working on that one..๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  34. Holy moly the BEFORE… Oh lord it's a lot. You did great just mustering the will to attack it!

  35. I belive you. It's tempting to just go "screw it call the dumpster company! ". Your before picture made me feel like: take it all out and burn it+overwhelm. Wow. Really really good team effort!!

  36. Great video but Can you please just putting down the tiles on the floor ๐Ÿ˜‚.

  37. This really reminded me the importance of decluttering every year! WOW! So motivating!! Awesome job guys!!

  38. I did a declutter of our home office last weekend, I've been putting it off for months but finally just did it until it was done! That is the room that I edit all of my videos in and write my blog posts, I feel so much better working in there now! Its amazing how physical clutter really clutters up your mind!

  39. Ok now how do I get your energy level? Both me and my husband have autoimmune diseases which comes with an insane amount of fatigue.

  40. The before looks like my garage ๐Ÿ˜ฑ… Actually my garage looks worse. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  41. You certainly do not need to explain why you fell behind. I think that, often, people who just get distracted, overwhelmed, ill, busy, are considered to be hoarders, when they just havenโ€™t even had the time to decide on what to Jeep and what not.

    For me, I am a single, black woman and although my life wasnโ€™t derailed by something like a terrible personal illness, Iโ€™ve had a number of feet stuck out in front of me. The recession made certain I didnโ€™t know whether I was coming or going for almost a decade. Iโ€™d wanted to get out of the one bedroom apartment Iโ€™d been stuck in since I was 25 (Iโ€™ll soon be 54) and buy a home. A couple of years ago, I had 2 jobs, workin for 2 major corporations, working over 100 hours/week and commuting 4 hours/day. During that time, because I still felt I couldnโ€™t let another year pass, living in the clutter of my dead dreams of home ownership, I also redid my pantry. While I thought it would be like many of the YT videos, where you just buy a few glass canisters, it became a nightmare. I found I had to caulk, sparkle, paint, re-tile in order to seal the pantry off from pests. All of this was done during those 100 hour workweeks. Then, I lost both jobs within 3 months of each other. One might say, โ€œWell, that gave you a lot of time!โ€ Yes! It did – in ONLY searching for another job! I found one in 3 months (whew) and knew I would get back to working on my place when the weather cooled (I donโ€™t like working in heat!!!), shortly thereafter, 2018 was all but destroyed in finding out that I had to spend much of it researching my motherโ€™s personality disorder. After I had to give that up, I was delighted to have some vacation time during Christmas to pick up the pace, but a project from work not only stomped all over half of that, but even when I received compensated vacation time a few weeks later, the same project intervened. A few weeks after that, my boss suddenly told me that we had to go on an overnight business trip. As I only travel about once every 10 years, never had a passport and have 2 cats, I went into a complete tailspin. As of this week, I am diving into this, nightโ€™s and weekends to try to stay productive before it starts to warm up again.

    Sooo, as long-winded as that was, I wrote it to say that lots of people have multiple reasons why they have clutter. I also know that many other people LOVE to tell them what to throw away and what they need but, really, is that their place?

    So, more power to you. Just keep hacking away until it works for the both of you and youโ€™re satisfied!

  42. Did you label the box with the baby clothes so you would know where it is and what's in it when you need it?

  43. Well done you two. Try labelling those boxes so you know whatโ€™s where.

  44. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ‘’๐Ÿ‘’๐Ÿ‘’๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŽ‹๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฌ

  45. Thanks for the inspiration! I started on my basement but I got frustrated…watching your video let's me know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And, that it won't happen in one day. Thanks again!!!

  46. Great work, great explanation. I cleared my moms house after she passed, because my sister had taken off with a guy, and wanted to sell, (I don't want anything, just her to have a home) so I packed and boxed and labeled perfectly, unless it was garbage and mom was a pack rat, I boxed it. Year later she still was not in her right mind, so then I donated everything and or tossed the rest. Some good things went, but you are right, just get it gone was a lot easier. But it was like it never ended, I managed to keep a telescope that was a gift to my sister from our parents. She moved back a year ago. Your basement turned out really nice.

  47. Do you have a video on decluttering papers, and what paperwork to keep? I have a shredder but I'm always thinking I need to keep everything in case I need it! ….. There's so many papers! ๐Ÿ˜–

  48. Would love a link to the wrapping paper holder you got. I'm in need of one, and prefer to use affiliate links to buy things if I saw them in a video.

  49. I am so glad I donโ€™t have a basement! Great job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  50. How much is enough. Is life about having the most stuff at the end then anybody else.

  51. I needed this video! Trying to clean our garage which looks similar to your basement. The fact that you got it done in 4 days is giving me lots of hope!!!

  52. You still have a lot of stuff, but so do I. Very hard to get rid of some things. Now I have a lot of empty containers, but don't want to get rid of them until I have finished decluttering. Last place I want to clean is the basement. It is really nice that you and your husband work together to get it clean. I'm doing this on my own, and it takes a long time. It's nice to have another person help you make decisions.

  53. You should try to sell the cabinet doors. There are lots of people who would buy them.

  54. Our basement just flooded about 5" and I need to reorganize what we have left which led me here. Great job by the way! I would like to offer one bit of advice. Wet stuff, specifically boxes are AWFUL to deal with. We lost a lot. Do yourself a favor and only put totes near or on the floor, get those boxes to higher ground. I knew flooding was possible, but for some reason thought we would be okay. Something I didn't even think about was how things would float their way all around the basement. It was a HUGE job that required renting a dumpster and some tears. Imagine your before and add 5" of water. Oh, and you can purchase cheap alarms that detect even small amounts of water. We now have one. Once again, great job!

  55. I watched your other videos and had no idea that half of the basement was lurking beneath your home- LOL. Looks great, thanks for sharing and inspriring us!

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