As you enter the basement, there are two ways you can go. To the left is a finished bedroom area and to the right is an unfinished utility/laundry/closet area. Some of the unfinished space might become a walk-in closet or bathroom someday, but for now it will remain the laundry/work area.
To make the space a little more comfortable, I decided to hang up curtains to hide eye soars and put down a piece of carpet remnant. The carpet cost me $20 and the curtains were free! (Left on the main level windows by the old owners.) I washed the curtains, put some nails in the ceiling, and voila… a nicer space to wash my clothes!
Here is the before and after: