Sweeping Away the September Clutter

So, I keep getting lucky and answering the phone to hear people on the other end asking if I’d like help clearing our house of clutter to donate any clothing or household items.  They’ll even come pick it up!  I almost always say yes.  I mean how much easier does it get than that?  Of course, I promptly mark the date on the calendar and then forget about it until oh, usually the day before the pick up is scheduled.   That means I spend the day before and sometimes that morning (They always say to put the items out by 7a.m. but I’ve never seen a pick up truck arrive earlier than 9:30a.m. around here.  The typical arrival time tends to be 2p.m.) on a mad dash to fill a bag or two with clutter donations.  Read to the end (Please?) to see why I titled this post “Sweeping Away the September Clutter.”

That is exactly what happened last week.  I had a tiny head start in that I had one lonely kitchen pan that I had held back from last month thinking I might use it.  The cake puffs did not turn out so I decided to turn the pan out to a better home.

I added a muffin tin I hardly ever use and a couple of mugs to the kitchen items moving out this month.

I added a muffin tin I hardly ever use and a couple of mugs to the pancake puff pan that moved out this month.

I had only collected the items in the picture above when I looked at the calendar last Wednesday and realized the donation pick up truck was coming the next day.  Oops.  I spent Wednesday afternoon making a mad dash around the house looking for stuff.   Even clutter can be hard to find when you are in a hurry.  This is what I could easily grab.

This collection came from the linen closet.  I liked the shower curtain but I didn't like how it looked in the bathroom so it was just taking up space.

This collection came from the linen closet. I liked the shower curtain but I didn’t like how it looked in the bathroom so it was just taking up space.

This is the best I could do in the boys' rooms without their input.

This is the best I could do in the boys’ rooms without their input.

When Thursday morning arrived, I still didn’t feel like I really had enough to donate so I ventured into the depths of the basement to see what I could readily add to the bag.  Oh yeah, all those cookbooks that were down there because I knew I would never use them.

My small collection of unused cookbooks.  This isn't all of them just the ones I knew I could let go without flipping through the pages.

My small collection of unused cookbooks. This isn’t all of them just the ones I knew I could let go without flipping through the pages.

I also found these sitting out while I was on my search for a proper clutter collection.

The boys no longer listen to this type of music.

The boys no longer listen to this type of music.

I count roughly 18 items (I’m counting the books as one unit or else I’d give myself credit for 28 items!) that were set out for the donation truck.  I also donated a broom and dustpan to the cause but they gave them back to me when they finished sweeping up the clutter.

The truck arrived at about 2p.m. as I was sitting and watching an episode of Fringe on Netflix (I’m sure I had a very good reason to be watching television in the middle of the afternoon but it is a secret since I can’t remember why I was doing that.).   I heard the brakes on the truck make that squeaking noise as it halted right in front of our driveway.  I glanced out the window and went back to watching my show and that’s when I heard the crash of a box and the sound of breaking glass.  The poor guy had been trying to rearrange the donations to make more room and dropped one of the boxes right in front of our driveway.  Naturally, it contained something that was glass and very breakable.  Two minutes later, a knock at my door and a request to borrow a broom and a dustpan.  Of course, I obliged.   A few apologies later and after determining the glass was properly removed from the street, they were on their way with my clutter.  I was not only thankful that they were hauling away my clutter but also that they cared enough to clean up their mess and didn’t simply leave the glass in the middle of the street.

I’m linking this post up to Monthly Clutter Run over at The Distracted Housewife.  Go check out Andrea’s post for inspiration on getting rid of all this clutter collecting in our closets and throughout our homes.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Sweeping Away the September Clutter

  1. ToyLady

    I’ve been collecting stuff for a yard sale for a couple of years now – I finally decided that I’m never going to do have a sale, and if I did, the poor dog would go spastic having strangers milling around the yard! So, as I come back across the boxes of “stuff,” it’s going to the donation bins!

    And you don’t need a reason to watch Fringe, do you? I loved that program – Walter was so adorable!

    1. Jean Post author

      I think sometimes the peace of mind that comes with just donating the stuff is worth it. We usually have one garage sale a year and say we’re never doing it again. I’m so excited to find another Fringe fan! I’m actually watching the series through for a 2nd time. I think it is the only show I’ve ever watched like this. I love it!

    1. Jean Post author

      That is exactly what would happen to me if they didn’t call and come pick up my stuff. As it is, it usually sits around here until they do call and seriously, I have no excuse because we have a thrift store with a donation area just down the road (maybe a 5 minute drive?). Believe me, I WISH they still listened to that kind of music!

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