We had a big gathering at our home recently, which involved at least six couples and over a dozen children. It was the “over a dozen children” part that led to some serious basement cleaning. The original intent was to have the get-together outside, but with a high of 102, the basement playroom seemed a bit more practical for at least some of the evening.
One corner of our basement seems to be “Wii central.” We have thirty-two Wii games (yes, I counted), which actually doesn’t bother me at all: they line up neatly in their boxes and sit nice and straight on a little built-in shelf. There’s something very “small” about them; even if there are thirty-two, they’re compact and contained. The issue is all our musical instruments.
My kids love, love, playing Rock Band. We started out with Beatles Rock Band and it seemed to grow from there; between the “Just Dance” series and the “Rock Band” series my children not only know who Tom Jones is but also know all the words to “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” by the Flaming Lips. They’re a bit obsessed; especially my son, who would pick playing Rock Band over watching TV any day. And, consequently, we’ve got a problem.
We have one set of drums, two microphones, a “keyboard,” two Wii guitars, three (real) bass guitars, two (real) amps, and an acoustic guitar. And about a bajillion cords with each item. (That part may be a slight exaggeration….)
So when my husband cleaned up the basement, in the interest of keeping our “stuff” safe and making the basement more of a real play space for our visitors, he packed away all the instruments (and cords).
It is so beautiful down there, with nothing at all on the floor in front of the TV….just a basket for a few Wii accessories on the cedar chest and that’s it. I can’t even describe the difference it’s made in the room as a whole, to have all that stuff (especially the cords) packed up and put away. (I won’t talk about the difference it’s made in the unfinished part of the basement, where they’re being stored….I’m too busy looking at the lovely.) I’m trying to think, frantically trying to figure out a way that we can keep the corner looking that nice, even if we get out the instruments. What would it take? How could we make it work? How do we store these things where they’re usable, but not taking over?
I haven’t solved it yet. I need to think quickly….my son is going to want to play Rock Band at some point, and if I’m not careful, we’re going to have a new batch of cord spaghetti cooked up all over the basement floor. Again.