A Captive of Stuff

Some of you know that a couple of months ago we had a problem with the sewer in our basement. A drain in the floor of our basement got clogged and backed up, coming out all over the carpet, ruining much of our subfloor, and generally creating havoc in our lives. The basement is where we kept our homeschool library, file cabinets with papers and office supplies, DVD and CD collection, and all other sorts of stuff. Some of this stuff was actively in use. Some of it, not so much. For example, most of our homeschool library was picture books covering all kinds of stories and topics. We had picture books covering everything from Gilgamesh to Paper Airplane construction,…