We’ve got guests coming for a visit later this summer, and the first part of our Glorious Fourth was devoted to projects related to the visit — first, figuring out what we need to do to spruce up the house and grounds between now and then to properly welcome our guests, and second, actually tackling one of the projects.
I’m a big believer in starting with the worst project first, so things get easier as you make progress on your to-do list. That meant starting today with the basement — the municipal landfill of every household, where every item of currently unused stuff eventually finds a home. If you don’t stay on top of the basement, it inevitably ends up as a horror show. So today we threw out, cleaned, organized, and put away . . . and the basement ended up like this. And I only smacked my head against low beams and pipes about five times, too.
So the basement is done, and we can scratch one entry off the task list. We may not voluntarily take our guests to the basement, but if they turn out to be aficionados of old basements and want to see it, at least it won’t be a horrible embarrassment. Now, it’s time to crack open a beer.