I know I talked about seasons and spring a couple of weeks ago, but bear with me while I wax enthusiastic about another wonderful thing about spring in our town: Spring Clean Up Day. At least that's the community's name for it, but it's commonly referred to as Junk Day. And I love it!
One day a year residents have permission to haul our crap
My husband needs plenty of motivation :)
In many ways, we're polar opposites. I'm a thrower, he's a stuffer. Drawers, containers, entire rooms...no space is safe from him. I blame it on his farm background. I swear he'd be perfectly content to live in a nice machine shed, one corner outfitted with a recliner, TV, table and frig. Spare parts, sheet metal, scraps of lumber, random nuts and bolts are all stored handil
His wife, however--ahem--likes order. I'm partial to nice things. Things that don't make me cringe even to have them sitting on the curb, lest people realize we actually had them in our house.
This year's pile included old carpet; the old screen door; a pile of rocks (don't ask me why he had rocks stored in a room in the basement--his reasoning escapes me); an old humidifier; two old mattresses; a TV that doesn't work; a metal filing cabinet; some broken toys; and several boxes of random junk that would have been tossed long ago had I realized he still had it around.
There are two stages to Clean Up Day: the day items actually get picked up by the trash men and the preceding days filled with 'junkers'. Prior to pick up day, people can (and do) drive around town and paw through other people's discards, taking anything they want. It's not unusual to have someone come to the door to ask questions about the junk: "Does that TV work?" or "Do you have any 8-tracks for that stereo?" (Sadly, we do. And they didn't make it to the curb this year either.)
It gets to be sort of a game to see what people will pick up. When they were little, my kids would stand in front of the front window peeking out, watching the junkers look for treasure. "They're taking the broken fan!" they'd yell with equal parts excitement and wonder. We're still thrilled to death that people can salvage things we can no longer use. The less that goes to the land fill, the better for all of us.
Does your town have a Clean Up Day? Do you have anyone in your household you have to battle with before discarding anything? If you could get away with tossing out one item from your house (and not get caught!) what would it be?