as I read your post, I actually paused in the middle to double-check that I hadn't written it myself
months ago and forgotten!!
Books and music are huge themes around here, too.
And that environmentalist waste-not guilt that slows things down.
After a while, though, is it really worth fretting over what happens to the vacuum cleaner once it's gone? Especially when you move? Are you going to have a big box on the moving truck labeled "useless vacuum cleaner"?
Out here in the sticks, if you have something that's mostly metal, you throw it on the metal pile at the transfer station. There must be some sort of equivalent where you are. Or FreeCycle might help you find some suckers... I mean... uh... helpers
to take stuff off your hands. There's a guy in my town who fixes old lawnmowers, no matter what shape they're in. He gets them working again and sells them cheap. Maybe there's a vacuum wizard near you?
We had a big pile of drywall scraps leaning against a wall in our living room for years
! We used some of it over time for our various projects, but there was more there than we'd ever need. Someone posted on FreeCycle that he needed materials to build a model train world, I responded, and he happily came and carted away the entire pile. (which would have been landfilled and cost us $$ to put it there) That was a beautiful day
And crafting stuff and preschool art- sometimes you have to sit down and think, What is really special here? And what could go into this huge
garbage bag and get recycled with paper or textile recycling?
I just got rid of about six pairs of DH's Carharrt pants with ripped crotches. Someday, someday
I was going to use them to patch each other to end up with a couple of pairs of intact pants for him. Even though my little machine struggles with the heavy canvas and I have no actual interest in making more raggedy-looking Frankenstein clothes for him to wear in public
: It was very freeing to toss that bag out the door
I've had a bunch of old boxes of random junk at my mom's house for years, and I'm bringing them home in batches, tripping over them for weeks, and then going through them. I'm finding wads of used paper I'd saved for scrap paper. For eight and ten and twelve years. My kids are using them now for art, but man...
As if life won't constantly provide more scrap paper for the future.
As for books, I find that if I have an empty cardboard box, I can poke around and fill it up with give-away books pretty quickly. Fundraiser book sales a fairly common around here, and I try to always have some books ready to donate whenever our town library's sale happens each summer. Some places will take old textbooks, but if nobody will? They can be recycled. And you won't have to cart them around any more. And it will be okay.
To find book sales/places to donate... should I post this link? or is it dangerous for this group of frugal, pack rat, always-learning mamas? It has certainly helped me fuel my habit of bringing home as many books as I can carry... Oh well, we're all adults here.
To find book sales in your area:http://www.booksalefinder.com/index.html
(click on your state on the map)
Love this thread. It speaks to me.
Commiseration and Get to Work, ram! rolled together into one.