Cleaning up and clearing out
With our council clean-up looming, I’ve started to eye off bits and pieces around the house that have seen better days.
I’ve written before about my habit of bringing home more than we have put out on our nature strip so for the last 18 months I’ve resisted the urge to carry home that slightly water damaged mirror or cute retro side table that someone has left out for collection.
The beauty of the council clean-up is that you need only take your old junk as far as the front of your house to be rid of it once and for all.
I try to keep on top of de-cluttering at our place by doing several small clear outs throughout the year.
Clothing is not too tricky, given the ready availability of charity bins.
Other household objects, however, are not so easy.
So it’s no surprise that we all end up with too much stuff that, while perfectly usable, we no longer want.
In the past, I have been one of those organised people who sold or gave away goods through The Trading Post (remember that?) but it gets a bit tiresome waiting around for someone to come by only to find they don’t want it.
I’ve also done the garage sale a few times where you’re fending off dealers before you have properly set up or you end up exhausted from haggling with possible buyers over a few dollars.
Charities are increasingly particular about the goods they will accept so that I’ve had wardrobes with faulty locks rejected, even though that is the only thing wrong with them.
I’m not that surprised then to find some neighbours have started putting out perfectly sound goods, from worn but solid dining chairs to books in very good condition in the hope that someone will pick them up before council comes by. Sometimes the nature strip is far enough.