When my sister and I were teenagers, we argued all the time.
We fought about school, boys, friends, and everything in between.
My Mom hated to listen to us argue every night, and she finally had enough one day. She decided to move my sister to the basement. At the time, the basement was damp, dreary, and dark. My mom didn’t want my sister to be happy in the space. She hoped that both of us would be miserable so we would stop fighting and learn to get along. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. My sister and I we’re happy to have our own space and we work together to clean up the area. My sister had some birthday money and we even checked on Craigslist to find a cheap air conditioner. The air conditioner worked okay, but we really needed a dehumidifier. My mom thought we would cave after 2 weeks, but my sister and I lived in separate rooms until the rest of high school was over. My parents eventually turned the basement into an extra entertaining space. They tore up the old carpeting and put down something nice. They also paid for a mini split heating and air conditioning unit. Ever since the heating and air conditioning unit was installed, the indoor air atmosphere has been so much nicer. My sister and I visit frequently, when we are home from college. The room is much nicer and more cozy now. My parents even bought a nice sofa bed, so my sister and I have somewhere to sleep.