Sunday, 26 May 2013

Tidy Friday - It's catching on!

In the weekly round-up of food waste and decluttering this week:

It's Food Waste Friday so that must mean oranges and carrots, yet again! We were the lucky recipients of Granny and Grandad's spare carrots which added to an already substantial carrot hoard of our own and I didn't get on the carrot cooking/freezing case soon enough *kicks self*. 

How I wish I owned this war time book, 25 Ways of Serving Carrots! (It is referred to in The Ministry of Food, which I took back to the library this week. I wonder if there are any copies still out there).


The tidying and decluttering plateau-ed this week, what with a weekend away and a week where there was hardly time to keep on top of the usual chores let alone anything extra. I was scratching around for something to make it look as if the whole decluttering thing wasn't getting as out of hand as the carrot situation in the kitchen when lo and behold, I sold two books via Green Metropolis the online charity bookstore which I discovered a couple of weeks ago. 

After all the comments on the blog about book decluttering and deep in my heart of hearts, I knew that secondhand book selling is not really the answer (and let's face it, having two books less doesn't exactly mean that we are now kicking back in a minimalist living room). But as the two books that sold were books that other online booksellers had rejected as they didn't think they'd sell (or there are just too many copies swilling around in the universe) I'm prepared to stick with it for some of my surplus books, and I hastily added a few more to my 'for sale' stock!

The other glimmer of hope for Tidy Friday is the effect it's having on (some) others in the house:


Daughter appeared with three bags of clothes that are too small or that she just won't wear any more. What's your preferred method of children's clothes disposal? Charity shop? Hand them down to smaller friends and relatives? Ebay?

If only I could get Son to take tidying and clearing out so seriously.

FoodWasteFriday
Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by thefrugalgirl.com
to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it. 

8 comments:

  1. Children's clothes - designated younger family friends, the local refugee welcome group, then the op shop. I find my youngest will give things away more readily if there is someone she can picture benefiting, hence friends and refugee group. She doesn't get so excited about sending them to the op shop.
    Much as I loved the Dr Carrots poster, I am not excited by the carrot dishes on the front of that cookbook...

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    1. That's much how it goes here - younger cousins and charity shop, with the really raggy stuff going in the recycling.

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  2. I don't know if you find this, but boys seem to be very hard on their clothes. Often they're not in good enough shape to pass on. However, I usually gave them to charity. I tried the consignment stores for a while, but it didn't seem worth my time.

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    1. Yes definitely - even pyjamas which you'd think don't get a lot of wear - Son's end up as dusters because they've got holes in whereas Daughter's are good enough for the cousins or the charity shop.

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  3. I have the same problems with books - I need to just donate them, since I don't have time to list them online and they are just sitting next to my front door! With my clothes, I just normally give them to the op shop too - I don't usually have anything worth reselling.

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    1. A lot of my clothes come from the charity shops in the first place so they're not good enough to go back there when I've finished with them - straight in the recycling!

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  4. I usually donate the clothing. Sometimes my daughter and her friends get together to do a clothes swap. They bring the clothing that they aren't really interested in anymore or clothes that they found didn't fit them as well as they thought it would in the store and everyone leaves with new-to-them clothing. They love it.

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    1. That sounds really cool - but are they all similar sizes? Does it still work if they're not? My daughter's quite small and skinny - I can't imagine many of her peers would fit in her clothes, although she'd probably gain clothes easily!

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