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Crates, Decluttering and Exercise

OK, so what do crates, and have to do with animals? I hear you ask.

Quite a lot if your name is Rox and you're a thoroughbred 17 year old bay with a bad straw allergy. A few months ago, my colleague issued a request for spare envelopes, junk mail and cardboard to use for replacement instead of straw. As I know I have quite a bit of that sort of thing knocking around the house, I contacted her and clarified her requirements. Since then, she has dropped by our house on the way back from visiting her parents once a month to pick up everything I have found in the previous month's declutterings.

So, last night, in honor of wolfgirl569 's Dar Dar and Peta, I was to be found sorting out the contents of a large crate. By 'large', I mean 40 x 40 x 100cm (16 x 16 x 38"). Mr C manhandled it down from the loft for me and I proceeded to empty it in 2 hours flat.

The contents were mainly of various sizes, stored on a filing tray stack that was 4 high. Most of the envelopes went into a cardboard box which will be picked up this weekend (along with several others) by my coworker, who owns Rox. I kept the card-backed and padded envelopes, as well as the plain ones which won't need labels to be used for eBay mailings.

Next stop eBay, there to list:

  • the filing trays
  • 2 correction fluid pens
  • 4 rubber stamper ink pads
  • 2 packets of envelope reuse labels
  • 6 containers of ink cartridges
  • 2 half used packets of wedding thank you cards

The now contains some of my eBay listings which means the conservatory looks a lot tidier than it did.

Rox has several more bags of bedding coming her way too, which can only be good for her and is definitely good for me. All that bending and stretching last night gave me a right work out, as AliCanary suggested, and we now have one less crate in the loft. Yes, it's down here now, but the contents have been seriously rationalized and put to good use.

A very satisfying evening's work, that.

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lexiconlover wrote on July 31, 2015, 1:50 PM

Looks like you got a lot of work done.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 31, 2015, 2:33 PM

I'm glad to here all that paper product is going to good use. I've often thought of shredding our newspapers and using the shreddings to fill in low spots in the back yard. The earthworms would make quick work of it if I cover it with old coffee grounds and leaves.

Feisty56 wrote on July 31, 2015, 5:35 PM

You've covered a lot of bases with your decluttering. I wonder how unusual it is that a horse develop an allergy to hay. Your friend is fortunate to have you in her corner.

MegL wrote on July 31, 2015, 5:39 PM

That sounds like a very productive and useful few hours work. As you say, satisfying!

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 1, 2015, 4:59 PM

Dar Dar and Peta thank you for helping one of their own out. And I am happy that I helped you get motivated lol

WordChazer wrote on August 2, 2015, 4:23 AM

It felt like it. I'm also hoping to have Mr C bring down the second crate with the other filing stack in it later so I can go through that too. He's out for most of the day so getting into the garden can wait awhile. It's a two handed job, our small patch, and I'd rather concentrate on meeting deadlines while I have the house to myself. Also have a fair number of eBay sales to pack and address too; it's being a good weekend there.

WordChazer wrote on August 2, 2015, 4:25 AM

That sounds like an environmenally friendly way of going things too. I'm just pleased the waste paper is useful in some way before it goes straight from my letter box into the bin.

WordChazer wrote on August 2, 2015, 4:27 AM

I like to have things being put to use. There is so much clutter in this house already, that it's good to remove what I can when it is obviously clutter and not eBayable or sentimental items.

Also from what my colleague says, it's almost like a hayfever style allergy that Rox has, where the dust gives her the sniffles. Bedding her on paper saves on anti-histamine treatments and the vet's bills.

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WordChazer wrote on August 2, 2015, 4:28 AM

It was all of those. I needed to clear the crate to reuse it, so the fact that I was able to find things for eBay and a ton of horse bedding as well is an added bonus.

WordChazer wrote on August 2, 2015, 4:31 AM

Always happy to help in practical ways like that, especially as I hate this idea of throwing money at a problem and hoping it will go away. This way we all win - my colleague doesn't have to spend money buying in special bedding, her horse's medical bills are lower, and all of the clutter I have here is put to good use before being composted.

And yes, you are very motivational, thank you.