The last week of the month rolled around. It seemed like as good of a time as any, to sweep the basement floor. Fortunately, I’ve been able to keep the 100-year-old basement fairly well organized throughout my years in this small, old house. The main stuff that collects on the concrete basement floor are mortar fragments that fall off the the stuccoed walls, plus assorted regular old house basement stuff like dust and cobwebs.
Even though most of the stored belongings are in plastic “totes”, there are some old pottery items that have been on steel shelves for many years. While cleaning the shelves, I came across a few old pots that looked to be perfect for some simple projects. In order to prevent course basement dirt from going down the kitchen drain, I brought the pottery items outdoors and rinsed them with the garden hose water. Then I fine-cleaned the pieces with warm, soapy water in the kitchen sink.