Actually, lighting and paint would do wonders...and it's simple and cheap! Why didn't I think of that?! I'm so glad the floor is at least concrete. We do have a crawlspace that has a dirt floor, but I don't go in there. I'm too much of a wimp--I'm afraid of what I may run into. Thanks you guys! I think we will sort out all the stuff that can be recycled, thrown out and donated. Once that's out of the basement, we can clean, paint and add more bright lighting... then de-cobweb (I don't think we have any black widow spiders here but now that you've mentioned it, I'll make sure hubby deals with that part!!!)...straighten up and just try to make it look like less of a cesspool. We have a cleaning lady who cleans our house, but there is no way I would inflict our basement on her!!!!