Here is what has been done so far, over the weekend and today...
The basement space before:
Basement space after (need to dust and clean some more...and reattach or remove the insulation that is around the hot water heater since it is unsightly and creeping into my space)
and here is the storage area in the attic, which I swept and shop vac'd out and then finally put all the maternity and baby clothes bins in there, as well as moved stuff from the basement up.
This week in the evenings after work, I hope to clean/dust the basement area. Then this weekend I can move my craft stuff down. It could use some reorganization, but that will come with time.