A couple of years ago the MIL basement flooded. All I can say is Oh My! DH did clean out one room, which was about 6 X 9 it was where his father used to escape from the family. DH's dad liked to hunt arrowheads, and he had quite the collection, which he fussed with and mounted on boards. At that time, one of the nieces cleaned out the summer canning kitchen, DH cleaned the furnace, and water heater area, and the niece and DH cleaned where the old laundry, and canning shelves were, but no one ever touched.....the dreaded craft room.
Until this past weekend. We took a trailer which was 8 X 20 and told the sisters if there is anything you want out of there you better get it out now. When it was all said and done we filled that trailer, to go to the dump, after all the stuff had been in a flood and sewer back up. But there a few totes that were water tight. What the MIL did not want and we thought was salvageable we packed up in the pick up and brought home to sort through. Some we kept, some was donated, and some will go to the sale.
Some of the treasures that we decided to keep?
It is nice having her basement cleaned, and I scrubbed the floor and walls after we cleaned the room out, hopefully we won't have to have a clean out again because of a flood.