Land of no basements: New Mexico

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Do you have storage issues?

The first fifty years of my life I lived in places like Pennsylvania and Michigan where many homes had a basement.  Not so in New Mexico.  I did not understand this before moving here and, diligent as a good mover should be, not enough was given to charity and friends or thrown out.  Therefore, moving into the not-so-very-small New Mexico house became a nightmare of hiding things.

Forgive me to the closet experts but, frankly, I had no clue as to why you were necessary.  Now I do.

Becoming expert in storage and use of small cranies becomes all the more necessary when the basement is done away with.  Plus we had no attic.  It is back to my days of apartment living with the stuff of years of house living. 

What I have learned:

1)  If you don't use it, get rid of it.  Thrift shops will love you.

2)  Closets have more room than you think but if it is not organized, it can't maximize.

3)  You can't buy it unless you get rid of something at least as large.

4)  Underneath anything can be used, if done so aesthetically and in a way that allows easy access.

5)  If you are going to build a garage, build it with extra space.

6)  Storage can be up as well as down and in.

7)  The forbidden 'plastic' tubs have an incredibly broad use list.

8)  Offsite storage units are plentiful here.  A place with the 'must keep but never used' items can go.  Everyone does it.

Likely those more expert have even more ideas.

There are great ideas loaded with pictures here.  Click




Comments (2)

Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

We could all do without so much stuff.  Fewer possessions and less need to buy would make most people happier and put money in their hands to do more things like travel and experience the world.

Feb 05, 2011 08:33 AM
Zoe Emiko

Living in New Mexico I find the lack of basements irritating. Basements are an amenity developers & building contractors decided, apparently, we weren't worthy of.
The notion that it's a good thing which leads to ownership of less material items which in turn leads to increased happiness is a sales pitch of the real estate community trying to explain away the inexpiable.
I, for one, would love to have my laundry area in a basement alongside my upright freezer. Basements are also a wonderful place for craft areas and family recreation areas.

Jul 29, 2017 09:00 PM