For years I've been washing and saving commercial aluminum pie crust
plates. I use them for chicken pot pies. Then there's the pile of 8 1/2 x
11" legal pad cardboard backing.
There must be a good use for these or, obviously, I'd not be collecting
them. But what?
You don't suppose I'm just a pack rat, do you?
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
next time you need to do something in a garden
you can use them as a layer underneath weed barrier
fabric to help smother the grass/weeds. worms will
digest about any form of paper eventually (as the
pill bugs and other soil critters help break it
down too) and it becomes plant food.
no comment... i still have a few boxes of
papers from college that i should put through the
worm farm, at least then they'd be useful and i
could have a few cubic feet of space back, but
as they are on the lower shelf or stuffed in the
bottom of a closet i'm apparently not interested
in making worm food out of them quite yet. it
will be a good winter project. maybe...
They don't keep for very long. They rot.
My next door neighbor's daughter came into town to spend a month with
her elderly mom. She told me that when she was here last year, she
spent two weeks cleaning out the junk - rubber bands, newspapers,
margarine containers, coffee cans, plastic lids - her frugal mother
obsessively saves "just in case". She said when she came back this
year, it was like she'd never cleaned her mom's house at all. Her mom
thinks she's doing a good thing by saving this stuff, but all she's
doing is making more work for her kids (and cluttering up her basement
with bags and boxes of trash).
If you haven't found a use for it after a year, it's junk. Get rid of it.
Mom probably won't ever again invite the meddlesome
daughter who threw out all her stuff with out asking.
If someone went in my house and started throwing out
my margarine tubs, I'd throw that person out the door
head first and tell that creep not to come back.
Christopher A. Young
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