What do you keep in the basement?
Our house is crowded and cluttered, and we have just made some space in the basement for household stuff; previously it has mostly been DH's storage and hobby space. I have painted it so it is quite pleasant and am moving some furniture in to store some stuff down there.
It feels like getting a new room added to the house, but it's not the best room, as it is not the handiest room from the stairs and is cold in winter. We've had drainage problems before too but they seem to be resolved. Nonetheless, the fine antiques aren't going down there! The ceiling is also a bit low (I have to duck under the ducts) and I am wary of spiders - we are working on sealing off entry points. So I don't love being down there, but I need the space.
Now the question is, what stuff should go there? Long term storage that I rarely touch (but yes, that I still need to keep for the kids or for later projects), or stuff I need every day to force me to get down there so I stay on top of what I've got? I'm looking at the stuff that causes my clutter and trying to make the best use without just enabling myself.
So I'm curious how other people use their basements - many of which, based on open houses I've gone to lately, are also not the most wonderful spaces to be, but obviously make a contribution to getting through the day. I know no one can help decide the right answers for me, but I'm interested in how you made your decisions.