I can say now that the metamorphous of the basement is complete, unless I decided to go through a Round Two. That may happen but it will not be anytime soon. I think I have just exhausted myself mentally with the past few weeks of work.
Now I have to scan and copy the remains of our parents paper lives. It is amazing what I have found, things I did not know exist because some of the boxes have been downstairs before I started on my genealogical quest.
The things are all in good shape and that is because I have always had a dehumidifier, and kept the basement at about 60% humidity. My next project will be to set up the computer and scanner in a place it will not be disturbed by cats. The cats are getting elderly and are not really interested in jumping up, or perhaps, the have a bit of arthritis and are unable to jump.
My long term plan will be to tackle the attic next, but that will be in the spring because of the heat up in that space. I do not know how hot it gets but I made a mistake one year and tried to store a few Christmas candles and they morphed into a blob of melted wax. Anything stored after that fiasco is now virtually indestructible.