Since we were kids, the basement has always been a sort of storage area for all the things we didn’t use. Mom was adamant about storing these things though I was of a different opinion. I knew it was all stuff she would never need and longed to clear it out. One day, I went to visit a friend, and we got to hang out in their basement. His mom had turned their basement into a playroom with a TV to watch movies. It was such a cool place that a bunch of us started hanging out there often after school. Mom asked why I was there a lot, and I told her about the basement. She told me she was okay with me clearing ours out and turning it into a cool chill spot too. My friends helped me, and in two weeks, the space was clean and painted. The only issue was it would get so hot and stuffy due to the lack of air conditioning. Mom told me it wasn’t connected to the main AC ductwork. But, there were other ways to bring air conditioning to the space without breaking her savings. Depending on the season, mom agreed to buy us a mini-split AC to keep the space cool or warm. The ductless mini-split was quite a lovely addition, plus it also purified the air and got rid of the humidity. The unit was a smart device that I’d operate from an app on my phone to adjust the thermostat settings. We got some old reclining chairs which we added to the air-conditioned basement, which became our movie chill area.