It actually looks better than my basement.
I could use that doohickey that Gray’s examining. It could attach to the thing-a-ma-jig I found in my basement.
You clear a path to a storage shelf… If you don’t have a storage shelf go buy one and assemble it in the basement, after clearing enough room to assemble the shelf. Put everything in boxes and pile on the shelf. Add more shelves as you gain floor space until everything is on the shelves. Basement is cleaned and nothing has needed to be discarded, you just have to figure out which box holds the old square nails from a hundred years ago when you want to build a new authentic antique table.
Take it all out and make three piles, “Keep”,“Throw away,” “Give to thrift store or sell at garage sale.” Then go through the “Keep” pile again. The Great Depression of the 1930s made many of our parents and grandparents pack rats and WWII reinforced that behaviour. Since the late 1950s built in obsolescence has put pressure on society to throw things away and get a new one on a regular basis for no reason other than “Get the new (insert product name here) today, it’s new!!!” But, if you haven’t used it, or worn it, in the past year, then it’s time for it to go. Cleaning out the garage, basement or your closet on an ongoing basis will be better than letting it all pile up like this. Giving away clothing, even just putting it in one of those standalone bins, will make you feel better knowing that it will go to someone else who can use it as new to them.
I am going with basic hoarder, even if they don’t seem to do it on the main floor. It’s up to his waist. One basement leak and it’s ALL gone.
I changed the oil and plugs and filter on my lawn mower three weeks ago. I looked at the box of old parts and decided to throw them away. I don’t think the new plugs will fail in the next year or the air filter suddenly develop a hole. It’s a start.
If it doesn’t give you joy, hang on to it until it does.
It is an unidentifiable safety thing from that last project. It hasn’t blown up, so it is unnecessary. The only guy that will know it is missing is the service guy that is checking to see if it is causing the problem and would remove it if was his system.