Work begets work

I haven’t managed any work in the garden today but that’s because I finally got down to work in the house which I’ve been sitting on for some considerable time.

The other day, some friends came round and I was embarrassed by the clutter in the living room. Perhaps it was my imagination but I felt from the expression on their faces that some kind of explanation was in order.

Anyway, the upshot is that I cleared out the cupboard under the stairs and in doing so found lots of interesting artefacts. One of these was some polystyrene used in packaging.

Being the hoarder that I am, I had kept it as I dislike putting stuff in landfill, feeling certain that there would be a use for it somehow. In fact, a colleague had suggested that one way of using such unrecyclable material was instead of pots to sow seeds.

So, that it is what I am going to do… after painting the cupboard and sorting out what to Freegle, take to charity etc, though, I think it’s time to put my feet up now!

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to Work begets work

  1. gaiainaction says:

    It feels good doesn’t it Helen, getting rid of ‘stuff’ but I know how you feel, I hoard every bit as much. The other day something arrived from Amazon and it was packed into a very fine lovely cardboard box, I could not get it over my heart to put the box with the recycle, kept it in case it would come in useful πŸ™‚ I love boxes! Happy uncluttering!

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    I often break polystyrene up into chunks and use it as crocks for drainage in tubs and pots. It’s much lighter than real crocks or gravel and also retains warmth.
    I know that I either have time for gardening or time for housework and very rarely have time for both.

    • Helen says:

      Indeed! Any sizeable job takes up the day. I did manage to restake the apple tree as well as do some baking with my daughter yesterday, so that was quite an achievement.

      Anyway, nice idea re the polystyrene.

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