One weekend the house manager decided that the basement at the Stephens home was out of control. The basement existed for a single purpose for well over ten years: junk collection. Now one really knows what existed down there, nor did we believe that we could possibly own all of this stuff. In any case, the senior house manager (Mrs. Stephens) decided that we were no longer going live in this kind of environment. The project was laid out with a specific timeline, a budget of $500 and the identification of resources. The design of the storage shelves would be simple and made of 2x4s for the frames and 1x4s for the shelves. These shelves would span three walls and covering 38 feet of space. Our first stop was Home Depot to purchase the wood, nails and a new saw blade since the other one was quit dull. The process of construction only took about eight hours with the help of our six year old. (Probably would only take six without the precious help).

The following day, after many wasted pleas to meet my tee time, we headed to Wal-Mart to purchase the storage crates. They had green ones, blue ones and clear ones; ones with wheels and those without. All shapes and sizes were available, but we settled on a couple ones that seemed to fit the type of materials we needed to store. On the way home, we stopped at Staples to pick up a labeling machine which would allow us to place specific classifications on each box, crate, folder and cabinet.

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