Finally giving up on my old jeans and stretched out Empire State Building hoodie as work clothes. Actually going straight into the rubbish. The hoodie was pricey since it was a souvenir, but the jeans, like most of my clothes, were purchased for a $1 a year ago from a local second hand shop.
They needed throwing out long ago, but i always justify keeping them a bit longer because they are great for fence repair. That is to say, fence repair will destroy them even more, so why start with something new, right?
Oftentimes, i’m frugal to a fault, but a hoarder i am not – if i have no use for an item and it has possible value to someone else, i’m selling it or giving it away at earliest chance.
Nevertheless, the hole in the butt portion of the pants that i keep covered by pulling down my stretched out hoodie is just getting too large for comfort. With a windchill of 4F and a foot of snow outside, it will be a long time before any fence repair will take place.
Make your bed, hang up your clothes, shut closet door, drawers, straighten rug
If you take it out, put it away – where it belongs!
If you make a mess – clean it up.
When you get out of the car – take all your stuff and rubbish with you.
Deal with paper that comes into your house daily – mostly rubbish usually – which means deep six it immediately – no piling.
Wash the dishes, let dry, put them away along with the drain rack. Clean and shine sink/faucet/handles.
Clear and wipe counters, sinks, back splash, faucets every day. Just takes a moment – just do it.
Keep laundry current – when hamper is full – wash the clothes, dry or hang them to dry. Fold them and put away. Consider washing a load everyday.
Throw away things that don’t work, give away or sell things you don’t use.
Some tasks simply take time and need doing at least once a week. Cleaning showers, bathtubs, toilets, vacuuming or washing floors, dusting ceilings, washing walls, windows, sills. Some prefer scheduling the same time each week to do all or choose one or more to do each day until it’s all done.
Consider carefully whether or not you need more storage units or shelves vs just getting rid of extra stuff. Less stuff; less to clean.
Company can drop in and you won’t be embarrassed or feel the need to apologise for filth.
Having to unload papers and junk from a chair to allow a guest to be seated or clearing papers from the dining table or washing it off before serving puts your guests at odds with feeling welcome – already they feel guilty for causing you extra work on their behalf.
Clean and organised eliminates the stress caused by a chaotic environment.
Putting things away saves time in looking for ‘lost’ items. “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
Cleaning and keeping things clean often increases its useful life in addition to it looking nice during its life in your home or property.
Being clutter free and organised saves time/money/health.
What are your tips for keeping your house, job, and life neat and tidy? What are your challenges?
For some reason, farmers of old (and, sadly, probably some still) thought that throwing old metal farm implements, myriads of rolls of barbed wire or woven wire in ditches, along with old hedge posts would somehow magically make the ditch stop washing. Nothing could be further from the truth! However, it could be said that throwing trash in the ditch answers men’s idea of ‘cleaning’ sort of the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ that women simply cannot fathom. It’s still there for goodness sake!
Blessed with incredibly fine weather and a wee bit of time and some great help last week and after owning this property for about 26 years, this 50 foot stretch of ditch had the metal pulled out. Because of the junk, the water simply pools and won’t allow healing. Once I graze the pasture down this winter with my cows, I’ll burn all the wood trash and cut down as many rubbish trees as necessary to allow this ditch/draw to grass over and heal, so erosion will STOP!
What a surprise to find these fine implements stacked alongside the ditch – most are in decent working order, though too antiquated to be useful except as yard ornaments.
One of the best environmental activities the federal government could assist, if it must assist, is providing a short term subsidy for scrap metal. This one thing could clean up farms, ranches, dead car lots, any scrap metal lying around. Generations of farm rubbish has been thrown in ditches and draws and would be cleaned up and turned into cash. Win – win for environment and farmers, but not the third win for new metal producers: they would take a short term hit in sales that would definitely hurt.
However, for the past several years, scrap metal prices have moved between 2 cents a pound to its current 4 cents a pound here locally. ($80/ton) Clearly not enough to make it worthwhile to load it, strap it down securely, drive 30 minutes to the nearest facilty, then unload it by hand as well.