Getting Rid of It and a New Rule

The new rule is: No more storing trash up near the house.  OK, so it’s MY new rule but I think it’s a good one.

Building supplies and cardboard boxes are cluttering up the area around the back steps.
Building supplies and cardboard boxes are cluttering up the area around the back steps.

Besides hiding slugs and bugs and attracting other vermin, it’s just too easy to get used to the clutter around the house.

All of these boxes need to be broken down and put in our recycling bin.
All of these boxes need to be broken down and put in our recycling bin.

Totally unnecessary.

County comes by once a week for mixed recycling.
County comes by once a week for mixed recycling.

So Charlie got busy on breaking down his cardboard fruit boxes that he was using under the mulch in his garden paths.

How much better does this look?
How much better does this look?

Now if we can just follow through on the new rule. Of course the real issue is that there’s no particular place for our refuse bins. Sounds like a new project to go along with the new rule.

Do you have a non-negotiable rule?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Getting Rid of It and a New Rule”

    1. I guess I’ll be researching a shelter for the bins, maybe near the road behind the plants. Even in the kitchen I don’t have the trash can in a good spot. Why is this? Jo

  1. I struggle, too. Clutter everywhere. I have a two car carport and only one car. I clean it out periodically and soon it’s cluttered again. I’m trying to get rid of things but that seems much harder than collecting it does. The collecting of clutter seem effortless.

  2. Our clutter is inside–in the basement, the attic, the greenhouse, the little garage. TOO much stuff! We make frequent trips to the transfer station (aka the dump), but the clutter never seems to dissipate.

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