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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.

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