Brand new book by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist written to inspire students and young adults to live their lives for greater purposes than material possessions. Life-giving. Haven't read, but sounds interesting!
Can you take a look at this article and drop the ping pong table in the basement space? then we can know how much space we have for a counter/stools if we want one. Home Ping-Pong Rooms - How Much Space Do You Need?