Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Wombles are tidy and Wombles are clean!

One aspect of the simple life with which we continually struggle, is attaining a simplified, tidy, decluttered living space. Although we are a fairly non-acquisitive bunch, and don't possess a lot of techno-kit, gizmos and gadgets, we still have more than our fair share of stuff. We're good at wombling* secondhand items, and have a reluctance to throw things away if there's the slightest chance of them ending up in landfill.

Add to that the fact that housework is pretty low on my priority list, and I'm a perennially slow declutterer, we frequently end up with areas like this kitchen cupboard:



When there's an avalanche of bottles, flasks, ice cube trays and random lids every time you go to open the cupboard, it can't be ignored any more.



That's better! And it wasn't even that painful. All done and dusted in 20 minutes. A lot of plastic lids that had lost their plastic boxes, and old egg boxes were recycled and it's amazing what a bit of rearranging can achieve. But I couldn't bring myself to recycle those lovely little shallow cardboard boxes (bottom shelf, under the margarine tubs that I keep for freezing oddments, and there are 15 more behind the pile that are visible in the photo!). 




They arrive in the veg box filled with mushrooms, tomatoes, grapes and plums etc. I just know they are waiting to be used for something really useful...planting seeds? Peppermint cream packaging?

What would you use them for?!

* For those of you who don't know the Wombles they "are fictional pointy-nosed, furry creatures that live in burrows, where they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways. Wombles were created by author Elisabeth Beresford, and originally appeared in a series of children's novels from 1968. Although Wombles supposedly live in every country in the world, Beresford's stories are concerned with the lives of the inhabitants of the burrow on Wimbledon Common in London, England.
The characters became nationally famous in the UK in the mid 1970s as a result of a very popular BBC children's television show using stop motion animation. A number of spin-off novelty songs also became hits in the British music charts. The Wombles (band) was the brainchild of British music writer and composer Mike Batt.
The Womble motto is "Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish." This green message was a reflection of the growing ecology movement of the 1970s." (source: Wikipedia)

The Wombling Song:

6 comments:

  1. I am the same - with 3 kids clutter mounts up! We have a building project starting next year so I have to get rid of stuff so through November I am getting rid of - by giving to charity or others - a bag a day! Some of course has to be thrown as it is rubbish. So far I am doing well. Today is the Utility room :(

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    1. I'm trying to have a pre-Christmas November declutter too, but I'm not yet up to a bag a day yet - that's impressive! Good luck with the utility room today!

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  2. My problem is egg cartons and plastic food containers. And for some reason I end up with far more lids than actual containers. I need to go through the drawers and sort again, I'm afraid. All lids and no containers is no help.
    Your cardboard containers -- I think seed starting sounds like a good use, or disposable pet food dishes, or to put drippy bottles and jugs into, like cooking oil bottles. I have a large stack of egg cartons as I'm sure one of these days I'll craftily turn them and a bunch of dryer lint into firestarters for the fireplace. I do occasionally get into a clear it out mood and compost the eggcartons.

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    1. Thanks for your ideas! The firelighters sound interesting...We don't have a dryer so no dryer lint - in fact I don't really know what dryer lint is...but clearly it's quite inflammable?

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  3. Thanks for the Wombles lesson. I hadn't heard of them before now.

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    1. I guessed readers outside of the UK might not be familiar with the Wombles!

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