DIY Basement Shelving: Because Not Every House Project Can Be Glamorous

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, we finally tackled a project I've wanted to do for years. And by we, I mean my husband and father-in-law obviously. Our basement remains non-finished, but is a nice open space.

What happens to a nice, open blank slate for a basement? Well, it quickly turns to this-

A dumping ground for anything and everything. I have tried to corral holiday decor, photos, mementos and general crap without another home into orderly storage containers. Unfortunately, that only goes so far with no shelving or permanent source of organization available.

My father-in-law was kind enough to draw up plans for simple shelves to cure this unsightly beast. After a trip (or four) to Home Depot, we went from this

to this-

Much better! It's moments like these when I realize I have truly entered into adulthood; I get excited about DIY basic shelving...for the basement.

My plan of going through every container and relabeling everything was delayed though due to a nasty sinus infection the past few days. If the copious amounts of Zicam, Mucinex, Airborne, peppermint tea and chicken noodle soup I've been ingesting would do their job, I should be up to the task this weekend. Here's hoping!

Justin and his dad were able to build these shelves pretty easily. I'll let the pictures demonstrate the major steps-


I can't wait to get pretty labels on each of these bins, but for now the masking tape labels serve their purpose. I'm just thrilled to get our items off the floor and properly organized.

It's the little things in life, right?

*Edited to add a note on cost of supplies. All of the lumber and materials came to $137. This shelving unit is incredibly strong and can hold several hundred pounds. If we were to have purchased pre-made shelving the same size and capacity, we would've spent more that twice that amount.


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