Should I feel accomplished because I've cleared out most of the basement, and set up a time for someone to maybe take some furniture? If she doesn't take them, they'll go to Goodwill or the dump, so either way they're leaving within the week.
Me and my dad were in the middle of re-glueing the old coffee table that I pulled out of the shed (after some SERIOUS pestering, since I had taken it apart and it had sat in the basement for two weeks before he did anything) for the tv to sit on, and my mom threw a shitfit about it, since bigass tvs should not go on coffee tables with wobbly legs. I pondered on this and agreed, since it ALSO had no place to put DVD players or gaming systems, leaving them on the floor. The floor that floods. My dad argued that he could just BUILD an extra shelf onto the coffee table, but I know him, and it would be made of plywood and look.. less-than-professional. So we ordered a cheapo tv table from walmart, complete with the little extra shelf. Now the coffee table is half-finished, although I'd like to finish it and use it as... a coffee table. My dad says he doesn't want any more furniture downstairs though, but by the time we're done, it should be one of maybe four pieces. I think it should be fine.
UPDATE: Halfway through writing this, me and my dad decided to finish the table. Woo!
Oh shit, I never mentioned all the boxes I went through.
Out of everything, EVERYTHING, I've sorted out and gone through, I have made 6 or more trips to Goodwill with a car full of stuff each time. I'm friends with the guys now. I went through our VERY extensive VHS collection, and donated 150 videos (no Disney classics, of course). I went through our 10 boxes of books and donated 250 books. I donated dolls, plush, toys, board games, unwanted video games, old equipment.. So there is a LOT more space now. It's not perfect, but some stuff simply can't move, for lack of anywhere else to put them. I'm hoping my parents will go through their boxes of old work stuff and throw it out, since I don't feel comfortable at all about touching those.
Although the closet was the original destination for the boxes of books (down to five, now!), it may end up being the attic. I'm not sure about it, yet... but if my parents can't go through their own junk and refuse to let me throw it out (ie my dad's multitude of rifle magazines), I may just have to throw their stuff in the closet.
So yeah! I do feel a bit of pride about all this, because save for the table assembly, I've done all of this myself.
I don't have an original picture, but here's where we are now:
It will only improve from here!
I can't wait, since it doesn't look like I've made much of a dent, but six trips to Goodwill reminds me otherwise. Once the furniture goes, it will be more obvious. The two wingbacks will go, the bookshelf is a maybe, and the dresser (it's actually dilapidated, but you can't tell from here) + tv combo will be leaving.
You can't see it, but I put in a mini bookshelf around the corner when I pulled it out of the shed along with the coffee table and stuffed it full of games and dvds. I wouldn't be waffling with the big bookshelf if I just knew where the hell to put all those videos. I REALLY don't want them in the attic.
And Megan and Bryant: If you're reading this, the basement will never ever ever ever look the way you saw it again ;______; I am so sorry