Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Basement Cleaning

Here is our basement empty.
Over the years we had collected a lot of nonsense. And the folks before us did too. And the people before them as well. I see a trend. Last year we had a leaky shower and the basement and its contents became moldy, which is a problem for an asthmatic like myself.

Here is all the stuff after it had been hauled up the stairs and into the light of day. I'm exhausted and my friends who helped probably are too. Thanks Mike, Julie, Caleb, and Noah.
One thing we hauled up was about 600 pounds of stored wheat.

and beans and corn and rice. Mark's parents stored all of this stuff in the 80's and 90's and it is still, by all accounts, good.

There was a few boxes of moldy old bottles found on the property, I assume.

And a few critters hiding among the tombs.
And lots and lots of moldy candles.
What in the world is this candle? I am thinking perhaps a telephone.

Well, all day I sorted through the junk and have small piles of what to keep and a car full of what to give away and a trailer full of JUNK. (Something is wrong with this picture.) A fan is going in the basement 24/7 to dry things out some more and my friends are returning on Friday to paint.

I am very excited at the prospect of finally having a clean basement.


  1. Say, I've got a whole truck load of stuff that needs a place to be...


  2. Wow! What a project. I bet you will really enjoy your "new" space.

  3. Now that your experienced, Want to tackle my garage ?....LOL

  4. Yep, that's a telephone candle. When we lived in Ohio we had a tremendous rain storm that flooded our basement and our 'haul' looked very similar to yours.

    One of the things I like about our NM house is no basement. We have a 3-car garage and we use 1/3 of it for storage.


  5. Oh dear... I wish we were there to help!


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