I have a lot of Speech and Debate trophies from high school. They fill up a few big plastic tubs in my parents' basement. They mean a lot to my nerd self and every year or so my folks ask if they can finally toss them out. Every year I just can't bring myself to do it. What do you do with collections with which you can't bear to part?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of Cleaning posts.
Keeping spaces nice and clean.
You know, our grand-parents and great grandparents didn't necessarily have high efficiency washers and dryers. They had time, the sun, the wind, and Borax. So, taking a few pages from their books, I came up with my brilliant new laundry plan that, believe it or not, will only end up costing me $30 a year.
Sure I could clean, but who wants to clean when you could be CRAFTING instead? Of course, if I never clean, I never get to do anything fun. To prevent the twitchy-eyed need-to-clean monster from taking over my crafting time, I developed these habits to trick my mind into thinking it's not really cleaning.
I seem to have run into an obstacle in my marriage, regarding recycling. My husband seems to be under the impression that it takes more energy to recycle a bottle, or can, or cardboard box, than it does to simply toss it in the garbage — and therefore, is not worth recycling, because it's creating more pollution than just tossing it.
So, I have some questions…
Restoring old stereoware is my new habit — but I often get stuck on the plastic knobs, some of which have gotten gnarly and faded. I'm here to find out what my options are to save these little doodads.
We've talked about all sorts of eco-friendly home hacks, but let's try the final frontier of reusable toiletries: FAMILY CLOTH. The concept is pretty straight-forward: rather than wipe your butt with paper that you then wad up and flush into the septic system, you use small squares of soft fabric that you then wash and reuse.
No more toilet paper, ever. Wait, EVER!?