August freecycling

August 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

I continue to be amazed by some of the weird stuff that people offer on freecycle that is taken by other people. The idea that someone might be willing to pick up such random stuff (an open bag of espresso or 6′ of ethernet cable or…) has made me more willing to offer my random stuff before recycling it or throwing it away.

This month, I’ve offered more items than ever before, most of which have been picked up within a day from our front porch:

  • 12 zippered plastic cases (from years worth of sheets and comforters)
  • 48 bottles ‘wedding’ bubbles (that we forgot to take to the ceremony)
  • 100 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet protectors that fit in 3-ring binders, plus 5 3-ring binders (again, from the office that closed)
  • Bread machine (Paul’s had a new one for several years)
  • TV/VCR combo
  • Ankle weights (someone posted that they wanted a pair of these, so I found the ones we had in the basement)
  • Partial roll of roofing felt
  • Clevercat top entry cat box (our cats wouldn’t use it)
  • Green Cone food composter (with chickens and Seattle’s food composting program, we don’t need this for food scraps)

That’s 171 items that have gone to folks who will use them! Hooray for freecycle!

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Conquest of book clutter

August 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

Just when I think I’ve found and catalogued all our books, I discover more… in this case, several boxes of books that we moved down to the basement at some point. I guess they didn’t fit on our bookshelves upstairs, and there wasn’t room for them in the basement bookshelves either. Most were science fiction, and Paul was willing to let go of many of them.

Onward.

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To boldly go away

August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Paul reads science fiction the way that I read mysteries...

… which is to say voraciously, and from a young age. He remembers the first sci-fi books that he read in elementary school: Lester Del Rey’s The Runaway Robot, Robert Heinlein’s Red Planet and Podkayne of Mars. Many others followed.

(This is the man who told me, a few months before we moved in together, that it was hard for him to imagine living with someone who hadn’t read JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hadn’t. Though I knew he didn’t mean that as a requirement, I bought the trilogy — and The Hobbit, too — and read them all before Paul arrived in Texas to help me move to California. And I enjoyed them thoroughly.)

I’ve finally cataloged almost all of our paperbacks. (I’m using Delicious Library 2, which scans the bar codes on books via my laptop’s camera, or allows me to manually enter data for older ones). We have over 300 science fiction books. (We had about the same number of mysteries before I reduced their number by more than 200.) I asked Paul to review the science fiction list; he was willing to let go of about a third of them. A great start! I’m hoping he’ll decide someday that he’s willing to reduce that number further.

(For the record, I read science fiction and Paul reads mysteries. I’ve read close to half of the sci-fi in our library, and Paul probably a quarter of the mysteries. We each have a pretty good sense of what the other will like, and recommend accordingly. But when it comes to getting rid of books, we each sort through what we bought, hence my mysteries and Paul’s science fiction.)

Since last we talked about books (back in April), I’ve developed quite the library habit. Sometimes I check out more books that I have time to read… but that’s better than buying books that I don’t read. In the past few months, I’ve bought three e-books and one paper book (written by someone I know). I’m happy with that ratio of books out to books in.

And I’m pretty sure that, by the end of the year, all of the books we still have will fit comfortably on our bookshelves.

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A little help

August 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Some days, the Universe helps me with unstuffing.

I bought this little wicker shelf/basket unit when we were living in California and needed more storage in our apartment bathroom. After we moved to Seattle, we used it briefly in the bathroom, but soon found a cabinet that was both more functional and looked better with black and white tile.

I moved this storage unit into the guest bedroom closet, and gradually filled it with stuff.

I’ve been slowly reorganizing that closet, and recently emptied this piece and set it out in the bedroom. I was trying to imagine a place where we might use it. Our housecleaner came a couple of days later, and commented to me in passing that she thought it was cute.

So I gave it to her.

She was thrilled, and I have one fewer thing in which I might put stuff.

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