Recently I joined Five Minute Fridays* (write just five minutes on announced topic of the week — no revising, no editing, just write and post.) This is hard for me to do because I’m a thinker and reviser, but I’m planning on sticking with the rules. Some Fridays I’ll write on this blog, but on others, if my topic is related to alzheimers, I’ll post on my other blog.
Never thought I would fill up our house with people, but it has happened. For the past 5 years or so I’ve been emptying it — emptying it of stuff we don’t need or use, everything from extra throw rugs to garage tools, attic storage bags and boxes and the now-unused lawn mower. It’s good that I did, because now the house is filled with people — six, to be exact.
Mostly, I gave things away — to anybody who I can find to take it. I know I could have sold some things on ebay or Craig’s list but that’s so much trouble … pictures, descriptions, deciding on prices, packing, postage. Instead, I participate in Freecycle.org. It’s a way to give unused things a new home with someone else who needs it. A great community service, in my eyes.
What amazes me about Freecycle is the variety of things that pople give away or ask for, everything from a bottle of shampoo to a boat, used appliances, even someone’s deck.”Just come an get it.” One time I had a large amount of hostas near the curb that I wanted to clear out and replace with grass. All I needed to do was advertise on Freecycle (Hostas – you dig them out) and people came with their shovels and took them away!
Next, I needed to think of removing Bo’s hobby materials, a basement full of model airplanes and parts. I found a wonderful man — the president of a model airplane club — who came, helped me organize and weed out, filled his car with it, and sold it at the next club auction.