Friday, 17 May 2013

Tidy Friday

There was salad-y food waste this week. One and a half tomatoes and some lettuce. Maybe it's because one iceberg lettuce seems to go on for a very long time, even with four of us eating it, or maybe it's because the weather is flitting from summer to winter and back again faster than you can say Food Waste Friday.  One minute we're eating salad in the garden, the next we shivering over mashed potato and sausage casserole. 


Elsewhere in the house, project Tidy is going steadily. Surplus crockery was disposed of via Freecycle. Freecycle is such an easy peasy way to declutter and I should use it more. I've never 'received' anything as you have to be so quick off the mark to respond to listings on the Freecycle website, but that works in your favour when it comes to decluttering! 

Within half an hour of advertising my crockery, there were three responses, and within two hours it had left the house. Given that there were four heavy bags of it, that was almost faster than I could have got it to the charity shop. The hamster cage and accessories (RIP Fudge) is taking a little longer to go but I have high hopes that a new furry friend will be benefiting from it soon.

The other success story is the shelves on either side of the porch which went from this:



to this:



resulting in one bag for the charity shop, one bag for recycling, one odd welly that had somehow lost its partner (not sure how to recycle that - any ideas?), some random leads and wires (recycled to Husband's 'man drawer'), and a pair of crocs that have been divested of Daughter's girly Croc adornments and should fit Son this summer.

And two overwintering chrysalises (or whatever the plural of chrysalis is). I left them undisturbed and hope they have survived the winter and will become butterflies or moths soon.



Any food waste or decluttering successes at your place this week?! Are you a freecycler?!

31 comments:

  1. I am very interested to see what's going to come out of the chrysalis. Do you recognize what kind it is?

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    1. I thought it was a cabbage white and Frugal in Derbyshire below agrees.

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  2. You could put the boot in your garden and plant a flowering plant in it.
    Myra, from Canada

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    1. I like that idea, although I suspect as soon as I have filled it with earth the partner welly will appear!

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  3. Yes I'm a Freecycler! Great idea I think.
    Looks like your chrysalis is a Cabbage White Butterfly.
    How about welly-wanging with the welly? or grow a plant in it.

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    1. I thought it was a cabbage white. Welly-wanging has a real ring to it and it would be worth doing just so's I can call myself a welly wanger.

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  4. You could ad your welly on freecycle. There just might be it's "sole-mate" out there, ready and waiting.

    We gave away very used carpeting (and the under-padding), when we recarpeted. It saved the old carpet from the dump, and us about $100 in dump fees. I had about 20 phone calls for it, then finally took the phone off the hook. It was gone to the first person who called. There is someone for every piece of junk --I mean treasure -- that you're willing to part with.

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  5. I am an avid freecycler and de-clutterer (I have an occasional series on my blog called Upcycling Sunday, where I chronicle my freecycling/donating adventures!)
    This week has been rather light on the de-cluttering in the SimplyBurbs home; life has been busy, and we have been enjoying some nice weather, spending as much time outside as possible.
    And I agree, eating salads when the weather is cold, feels all wrong!

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    1. Decluttering needs to be kept in its place - so I'm with you; if the weather's good then get out and enjoy it and save the decluttering for later!

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  6. We too make great use of Freecycle for decluttering. If there's something you're looking for it sometimes pays to enter a "Wanted" post - that way people are responding to you, rather than you competing with lots of others. By the way, I sometimes use up geriatric salad in a stir fry.

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    1. OK - "geriatric salad" is my new favorite phrase!

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    2. Mine too! The salad was really too brown and geriatric for a stir fry - I didn't get to it soon enough. Crispy iceberg would be quite good in a stir-fry too I would imagine. Next time...

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  7. The Freecycle website is one of the best things to come out of the internet. So easy. Like the others, I thought about planting a plant in the boot (I'm sure I saw it in a magazine once). Or maybe you could shred the boot and use it as plastic mulch in the garden??? Use it as a watering can? That's all I got.

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    1. Shredding the boot sounds quite hard work, so I'm still sticking with the plant-in-a-boot idea!

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  8. Let's see... in the past few weeks I've taken 2 bags of clothing, one bag of shoes, and a coffee storage crock to the thrift store. I used to do Freecycle all the time, but I've had such bad experiences with people not showing up to pick things up, or wanting me to hold them for ridiculous amounts of time that I haven't done it lately.

    But I have a big garage clean out planned this summer, and there's some big stuff in there that I don't really have a way to haul myself, so I'll probably give Freecycle another go, and hope that I have better luck this time!

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    1. We've had more problems with ebay than freecycle - a couple of years ago someone bid for and then won our old VW van in the July and wanted to pay for it in September. I had to point out that that really wasn't how ebay worked...Good luck with freecycling the contents of your garage!

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  9. I get rid of all my approved food boxes on freecycle. Have got some great things as well.

    FIB. X

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    1. That's a good idea. I reckon I need to "think outside the box" a bit more when it comes to what I can get rid of on freecycle!

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  10. Well done on those shelves! Such a wonderful sense of satisfaction to get a whole area reorganised. I would definitely go for a plant in the boot. I am about to empty out the bucket of sandpit toys that don't get used anymore, and see what I can use for plant containers.

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    1. I've been building up to the shelves for some while now in fear of what I would find. Of course it wasn't half so bad once I got started, and satisfying to finish. Just got to keep it tidy now, which is the hardest part!

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  11. Nice job on decluttering!

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  12. That's the secret to speedy decluttering - get it out of the house as quickly as possible. I don't use Freecycle (yet) but I do have a favourite charity shop where I can park right up at their back door, ring the bell and drop off my unwanted items. Much better than carrying heavy bags or boxes through town. Also gift aid means they email with what my stuff makes which always makes me feel good. Claire xo

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    1. Yes you're absolutely right, it's not really decluttering if you then have a pile of bags and boxes sitting by the front door for ages! I managed to dent my car on a builder's van after dropping off last week's decluttering at the front door of Oxfam, so for the moment I've gone off the idea of driving my clutter anywhere!

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  13. I agree with the plant in the wellie idea, and am loving the 'man drawer' idea, except my hubbie needs a whole room...... or two (sigh)
    Well dont with project Tidy, if only I could find where I put my motivation Id join you, it must be in one of those piles somewhere........goes off to have a look..........

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    1. The term 'man drawer' is stolen from the comedian Michael McIntyre! My husband has a whole 'man garage'. I maintain that he hides the keys to keep me out!

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  14. I was going to suggest a plant in the welly also makes for a great feature piece in the garden or by the front door. Like you I use freecycle to declutter a lot. A friend of mine fell pregnant very soon after her eldest son died and was so worried as she had no money what so ever. I put a post on freecycle and people were so generous we were able to kit her out with everything crib, cot, travel system, even half used packs of nappies. She got everything she needed for when he arrived it is a wonderful community to be a part of xxx

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    1. Plant in welly idea is definitely top of the list! That is a great freecycle story. Thanks for sharing it. x

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  15. I love a good de-clutter, tend to take stuff to the charity shop, but have joined the local freegle. I think it works better in town, we are a bit too rural now!

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  16. Freecycle is great! When I first moved to Brisbane I got quite a few things from it (an alarm clock and a TV and some other stuff). It's also great to see people reusing the stuff - recently we had council rubbish collection and there was so much stuff out on the curb that could be reused. Of course, as soon as it rained most of it was ruined, but I managed to pick up a bowl and some measuring cups.

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