I took a bit of a break from blogging this past week, not to soak up the sun in Florida or some other warm destination (although that certainly would have been nice!). Husband and I spent at least 12 hours over three days tidying, sorting and tossing stuff from the basement rec room and storage room. (We signed our daughter up for art camp so she wouldn't be bored and our son hung out with friends and attended a soccer session.)
While it certainly wasn't a relaxing spring break, it was satisfying in a big way. This is the first month of my new 4-month purge (2016 version) and so far it has been going well. (You can follow along on Instagram and share your own de-cluttering sessions using the hashtag #4monthpurge. Let's cheer each other on!)
When you descend the stairs into our basement, one of the first things you see is this antique sideboard that my parents gave me. Like any flat surface in our home (including the floor), the sideboard tends to accumulate clutter. So job number one of our basement clean-up was clearing the sideboard off and making it look nicer. I have more dishes than I have storage space for dishes, so I decided to set out all of the vintage liquor bottles and barware that I have either thrifted or been given by my parents.
I suppose I thought of making this sideboard a bar area of sorts because that's what it always was in my home growing up. My dad had a sign above it that said "Pete's Private Bar" and my parents would serve drinks from it when they had friends over for parties.
We put a few of my dad's vintage car pictures just above the "bar" as well. My dad really likes antique cars and I remember him often sketching cars like the Model T Ford when I was a kid. (Dad was born in 1927 so the Model T would have still been around.) We also mounted a cabinet for our small collection of shot glasses on the wall to the right of the sideboard.
We bought "Margarita" (me) and "Cold Beer Here" (hubby) signs from Homesense. The only thing we haven't put in the bar area yet is the liquor. With the kids heading into the teen years, that might have to be kept under lock and key soon!
The challenge now is keeping the sideboard clear of excess stuff. And keeping all those glass bits dusted!
What do you think of our new "bar" area? Do you have a bar in your house?
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