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    Cleaning up

    By lizmcg | July 15, 2008

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    Last year, to my delight, I found a dresser that I judged to be the perfect entertainment center. It had drawers for storage, was tall enough that little people wouldn’t constantly be messing with the electronics, and I thought that with a good paint job it would be fine.

    Our old entertainment center is about to fall apart. Every day it seems will be its last.

    After I hauled the dresser home — by myself, I might add — my husband flipped out. You see, my new solution was free. One of our neighbors had set it out to be picked up as trash.

    He reacted as if I’d brought home old cabbage from the dumpster for dinner. Apparently repainting and using a perfectly good piece of furniture was out of the question. Thus, our entertainment center situation hasn’t changed.

    So for a little short of a year, the dresser sat on our patio. While it lurked, waiting for the fresh coat of paint I had so optimistically promised, it started holding all sorts of outdoorsy stuff that also needed a place. Soon, it had become indispensable.

    Well, last week I decided to give in. I noticed that since the dresser took up about 1/3 of the space on the patio, my kids were squished onto the outside edge. Not exactly a welcoming situation. So I finally called the city and faced up to the $25 charge for hauling away my “free” piece of furniture.

    I agree with the folks at … what a good feeling to complete a big clean-up! If you haven’t visited their blog, you should, and be sure to leave a note about what your project is. I liked the lady who cleaned her dining room… maybe that’s my next one…

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    2 Responses to “Cleaning up”

    1. Says:
      July 17th, 2008 at 7:43 am

      I’m always doing things like this, finding something useful, getting it home only to never use it as intended then end up throwing it out.
      I’m not a dumpster diver, but I think you know what I mean.
      The great thing is, if you hold on to it for a year, 6 months or any amount of time, the it’s time saved from the landfil which can only be a good thing in my opinion.
      In future though, rather than getting your local authority to retrieve it, and paying them for the privalidge, how about you look here for your local Freecycle group, where I am sure you could find somebody who will take it away and make good use of it in future?

    2. Says:
      July 17th, 2008 at 7:44 am

      More to the point, at Freecycle, you may find somebody willing to give you a proper entertainment centre for nothing, because they don’t want it in landfil either!