I miss having a basement. In California, there aren't many houses with basements, and the basements some homes have are not the same as the basements I grew up enjoying. East coast basements allow you to put all your junk away where no one can see it. You can actually use your garage as a garage. Most California garages have stuff in them. A few have cars, but most of my neighbors use at least one of the car stalls for stuff.
I have attempted to clean our garage several times since we moved into this house two years ago. Each time, I feel I have done well and that it looks a lot better. Yet, we have NEVER parked a car in the garage of this house.
A couple of months ago, some friends of ours at church were giving away an air hockey table. I jumped at the opportunity, but that also meant I needed to REALLY clean our garage. Not for a car, but for the air hockey table. Thankfully, all my previous attempts paid off. The kids and I cleaned the garage and made some space. We put down one of our area rugs from the old house, then John and I picked up the table.
We LOVE it! The kids play it regularly, and our garage is now used most days. It was totally worth it.
Brazilian Festival 2016
8 months ago