“Junk” is relative

I am once again reminded that the old adage “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” is very true. Over the past week, I cleaned out two entire houses. One was an estate sale house that my mom was moving into and one was my mom’s old, much too large, house. In both cases, my husband, mother and I did our very best to donate all items that would be accepted by Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, etc. and to also recycle the mountains of old paper and cardboard that both houses contained. It was only as a last resort that items ended up as “trash” in either a Bagster (which, by the way, is a very cool product) or at the curb. These were items that were broken, falling apart, or seemingly entirely unusable. Yet, at both locations, I would estimate that 40 to 50% of this “junk” ended up getting picked up by private individuals before the waste management companies arrived. It’s just an amazing reminder to me that value certainly is relative and that as hard as I try, others are still even more efficient at reusing or recycling than I am. Need certainly drives efficiency and conservation.

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