Caption this … my creepy basement.

Last year, just after I finished building my basement storage shelves, my basement looked like this …






Now it looks like this.




Granted … this is a different area of the basement, but all areas of it look pretty much the same as this with the only exception being the stairs, which remains the only portion of the basement where both the toes and heel of my foot can touch floor at the same time.

So for this weekend’s bit of fun, I’d like you to finish this sentence …

“Karen should clean her basement because …”

I’m hoping one of your answers will actually give me motivation to do it.

Have a good weekend!



  1. Jen says:

    Karen should clean her basement….

    there is a treasure hiding there.

    I really believe that. It’s what makes cleaning the storage room in our house so worth it.

  2. tanya says:

    Because there’s a fine line between a messy basement and being the next big star on hoarders.

  3. Vicki says:

    “Karen should clean her basement because …” it looks eerily like a power tool torture dungeon in the making.

  4. Valerie says:

    Cluttered basements are the nidus of creativity.

    • Karen says:

      I’m gonna be honest with you all. So far Valerie’s comment is my favourite. Even though I had to look up “nidus”. ~ karen

      • Marti says:

        I think that’s a reason to let it stay!

        nidus ni·dus (nī’dəs)
        n. pl. ni·dus·es or ni·di (-dī)

        A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.

        A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, pathogenic organisms, or small animals.

        A cavity where spores develop.

        A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which calculi form.

      • Franab says:

        I looked up nidus . Maybe I don,t get it, but it could also be the nesting place of creativity thus give you a ‘get out of jail/ cleaning basement’ pass.?! Just thinking.

        • cheryl says:

          HAHAHa Get out of jail/basement cleaning pass !! I sooooo need one of those….My daughter came for a 3 day visit with the idea of helping Mom & Dad with the basement..HA Didn’t happen I was so dissapointed…NOT…We went out, played at the beach flying kites, an everynite had a rousing game of Monapoly ….And everyday kept saying we need to get to the basement, that was fun…Visit over an we shall have to wait as she lives 5 hrs from here, secretly I was dreading going there, very scary….Then as you can see I get sidetracked here posting comments…

    • Pam'a says:

      If a cluttered basement is “A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops,” that something being creativity, then LEAVE IT ALONE! 😉

  5. TC says:

    … I’m pretty sure it will make you feel better. And then you can blog about it and continue to receive our praise and adoration. And as a free blog topic it’s like being given back time. And since time is money, it’s like being paid to clean your own basement! Imagine that!

    • Karen says:

      I now have a headache. ~ karen

    • Kelly says:

      you stole my answer! 🙂

    • Rhonda SmartyPants says:

      TC: Where were you when I was: 1) trying to cajole my husband/any one or all three of my children to clean out basement/bedroom/garage/backyard; 2) negotiating w/wasband and wasband’s attorney re divorce settlement; 3) request overtime pay for decluttering office storage; any other time when I needed a fool-proof argument for anything? You are a Wordsmith Par Excellence! Brava for making Karen’s head want to explode and bringing a bit of quantum physics into our blog

  6. Rebecca Renee says:

    “Karen should clean her basement because…” ” If she finds a mouse family living in one of those cubby corners she’s going to be compelled to build them a mouse house. A very fine mouse house indeed.”

  7. SeaDee says:

    Karen should clean her basement because…..she’s our Mother Hen/Imperial Goddess/etc, and we do what she does.

    So if she don’t do it, we don’t do it.

    Luckily I don’t have a basement. ;-). But I do have a messy garage, and office, and dining table.


  8. Susan Preston says:

    Karen should clean her basement after the weekend cause she’s having company and has no time before! And then with all the experience she has she can come clean mine which surprisingly is much worse than this!

  9. Nancy says:

    Karen should clean her basement —only if she wants to. She’s a free spirit.

  10. gloria says:

    Because her mother is on her way over.

  11. Karen should NOT clean her basement because it’s Thanksgiving this weekend which means her time is much better spend consuming vast quantities of Turkey and Pumpkin Pie. Besides there’s always next weekend, and I’m sure the basement has a door so nobody will ever know about the mess that lurks beneath their feet 😉

  12. Chris says:

    Karen should clean her basement because trying to get up and down those damn stairs on crutches is impossible.


  13. shuckclod says:

    You should enjoy every inch of your home… Save it for a rainy day.

  14. Denise Leavens says:

    Karen should clean her basement because only then will her feet will be reunited with the basement floor, tools, etc. will be reunited with their rightful homes, and stuff forgotten will be reunited with stuff remembered in her brain. Not to mention Peaches and Herb keeping her company while cleaning.

    Okay. I won’t mention Peaches and Herb.

  15. Jacqui says:

    Hallowe’en is coming and she needs to find and dig up the bones for her holiday vignette!

  16. rktrixy says:

    Karen should clean her basement…. Well that’s the problem right there. The should. Rather than look at it like one of those obligations you’d like to get out of, why not start the sentence “Karen gets to clean her basement … and listen to Latin-Jazz all day while she does it.” Doesn’t that sound a little more fun? Sort of a Tom Sawyer feeling to it, as if “Gee, Karen GETS TO clean her basement, that sounds like fun, why don’t I do the same thing?”

    Anyway you cut it, I’m behind ya. If I lived near you, I’d help out to avoid cleaning my own basement.

  17. anna says:

    Karen should clean her basement….so she can find the stuff she needs when she’s being awesomely creative!

  18. Kat says:

    It is just stinkin’ nasty… done…!!!

  19. Kat says:

    OK we all look at organizeational crap and go I can do that but seriously sometimes it is so hard to do you can not grasp it but 3, 4, maybe 19 hours will clean that up just dandy!

  20. Amie Mason says:

    Karen should clean her basement because the centipedes might come back. I hear the like to lurk in messy spaces. And they might eat her potatoes. Eeeep!

  21. Katie says:

    Gollum would be at home there! And he might try and eat you. True fact.

  22. Rondina says:

    So, I also looked up “nidus.” I agree with Valarie to a point. Looking at the definition, it could also mean that the mess breeds … like bacteria. Which is obvious in the picture. All this does indicate a creative mind and free spirit, but I tend to think that some people work cyclically. You will clean it up when it gets to the point that you can’t stand it any more. Then you’ll do a bang-up job. Right now, you don’t sound like your in the mood. We don’t care what your basement looks like. Think of it as the artist’s studio. Think of what Einstein’s desk looked like.

    Just don’t invite the guests down there because they will think bacteria—not free, creative spirit.

    • toekneetoni says:

      I agree w/Rondina 100%. You really do have to be in the mood for a big project like that. When you’re ready, you’ll tackle it. No pressure

  23. mia pratt says:

    …the basement in the house is like the basement in your head; getting rid of stuff that doesn’t serve you any more, like an ex-husband or out-of-control crap in the basement, is a great way to begin a new year and a new life<:}

  24. Antoinette says:

    Oh ~ for some bright chalky hues and a few Mary Quant-esque flowers on those cupboards … 🙂

  25. Claire says:

    Karen should clean her basement because….
    All of that clutter provides tons of hiding spaces for centipedes and who knows what else 🙂

  26. Judy Bickford says:

    ….Style at Home wants to do a story on what their contributing writers’ basements look like. Do you really want the world to know what your basement looks like? Oh, wait a minute, we’ve already seen the picture.
    Never mind. Just clean it, okay? Then try growing some exotic mushrooms. For eating, of course.

  27. Ruth says:

    Someone hid a free plane ticket to Jamaica somewhere under all that stuff… You’re leaving in 2 weeks, and you don’t want to return from sea, sand and sun to a messy basement, do ya? Chop, chop…

    (Not true, you say? Whatever…. get your butt to work, videotape the process, and send me a DVD.)

  28. Laura Bee` says:

    Karen should clean her basement because centipedes love cluttery messes. (I suggest having the girls with you to eat them as you clean up & flush them out)
    Once the mess is gone, they will be forced to move. See, two problems solved!

  29. Linda J Howes says:

    even though you know it’s there you can’t find it and it the process of looking, find something new to take your attention, forgetting the first, but before you can do that you have to clear a spot to put these things, only there is no where because other things are in the way and you have to move something else to make room for them and other reasons for too many to enumerate.

  30. Bonnie G. says:

    Karen should clean her basement because my basement is probably a worse mess and I want to live vicariously through Karen and not have to clean mine!!

  31. Anita says:

    Karen should leave the basement as is. Invite the kids down for Halloween and tell them they have to find the candy- maybe they will clean it for you?

  32. Tigersmom says:

    because sawdust is like steroids to centipedes.

  33. Sarah says:

    Actually, don’t. This makes me feel as good as only a big deep sigh can. I’m tired of bloggers that “lord over us” their perfectly organized, pristine palaces and preach that my life will be better if only I had a label maker, chalk plaques and shelf paper. I love your basement. It looks just like mine. Just kick a path through it, unless you’re practicing your ” how to break into a secure vault/museum routine” and the obstacles are high voltage security sensors…..OR am I the only one practicing ?

  34. Adrienne says:

    Karen should clean her basement because it’s going to be miserable and rainy in her neck of the woods and all the fall festivals and apple picking jubilees have been cancelled for this weekend.

    Which should be the *only* reason one would spend a fall weekend indoors. Only. Reason.

  35. Joslynne says:

    wow- what a bunch of stuff…but… that’s what basements are for. Who has ever heard of a clean, organized basement???? (actually, I no longer have a basement, but no peeking into my attic!)

  36. Maria says:

    Karen should clean her basement because she is DETERMINED.

  37. Su says:

    Karen needs to clean so she can move on and do other fun stuff…. you can’t go out and play with that cool saddle because you know you HAVE to do it… you know you Need to do…. stop procrastinating and do it and Get it Over with so you can check it off the list…. ok I just channeled my mother…. sorry about that 🙂

  38. Janet says:

    Karen should get the award for bravery for having shown her dungeon to the world. Karen should clean her basement because her mother would be horrified if she didn’t.

    I can’t wait to see the transformation, by the way. I love before and after pictures!

  39. Julie says:

    Dont do it Karen – at least not until after the weekend 🙂 Have a great Thanks Giving.

  40. Kyle says:

    I don’t think I can live in a world where Karen’s basement looks like my garage. Hey, let’s all scramble Nidus……….dusin, unsid……..

  41. marilyn says:

    because she has steely resolve

  42. Mary Kay says:

    Karen should clean her basement because Halloween is coming and some ghoul might get in there and see all those power torturing devices.

  43. Linda Callahan says:

    Does anyone have a clean basement. Isn’t that where we hide bodies and pray the lights never go out?

  44. Danica says:

    Karen should clean her basement because pretty soon her kitchen upstairs is going to be a disaster too and this might have to be a make shift kitchen!

  45. Beth W. says:

    Karen should clean her basement because – we all know she is truly a mad scientist at heart and since she is just on the brink of some incredible discovery that will save mankind (or at least womankind – there is no saving those mankind, they won’t listen to anything!!!!) she needs to have an incredible laboratory to show to the world when they all come clamoring for a hint of her sheer awesomeness and it will prove that she is the queen of all she surveys and we will then have a Queen Karen Day where all women will be celebrated and adored as the best species on the planet!!!

    I think I’ve had too much coffee and not enough sleep, and am feeling bad about my lack of motivation to clean my house as well, so just do it for me so I’ll feel better ok, thanks, I’m going to lay down now, I’ve expended too much mental energy in creating this science fiction story to motivate you!!! Have a nice day, come back soon!

  46. Scouty says:

    ‘Karen should clean her basement because …’ she wants too!

    • Karen says:

      See, but I don’t want to. That’s the problem. 🙁 Well it wouldn’t be a problem if I could find my drill bits, LOL. ~ karen

      • Scouty says:

        Buy new drill bits!

      • Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project says:

        ‘Karen should clean her basement..’ so she can find her drill bits.

        Ah screw it Karen – buy some new drill bits & go have a glass of wine & some pumpkin pie! That way none of us will feel bad when your basement no longer looks like ours. Relatablity – that’s why we love you. 😉

        Happy Thanksgiving!

  47. Karen SHOULDN’T clean her basement!!!! Then I don’t feel so bad about my messy basement!!

  48. We could just kick back, have a beer and watch chicken videos instead!!

  49. Sue Ann says:

    …just because.

  50. Ev says:

    Karen should NOT clean her basement, at least not till it is freakin’ snowy and cold and she might not want to go anywhere anyway! And the fleeting good feeling you get when you finish a chore like that will feel even better ’cause it’s freakin’ snowy and cold! But I bet she does it before then anyway! Maybe there should be a lottery or something….

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