So Lee and I started working on the basement. Because the basement is so overwhelming, we just picked a spot and started there. The spot was a desk and we spent about two hours just clearing that one desk. If you read on, you'll see the after photo--which doesn't look that much more impressive compared to the before photo (pictured left).
Instead of my usual routine, which is focusing on one wall at a time, we've decided this area needs to be decluttered first.