Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Let's Separate The Wheat From The Chaff

You may be wondering where we are going with this blog title.  This is a pretty well known phrase used by farmers when talking about grain.  The chaff is the husk which surrounds the grain and is the part which needs to be thrown away.  The wheat, of course, is the valuable bit which can be used to make a variety of things.

This saying works really well when it comes to your home and to projects such as up-cycling.  We are all guilty of a little bit of hoarding from time to time.  Keeping things in our homes which might come in handy one day.  The truth is though, those items will often sit around doing nothing, only to be thrown away in decades to come.  How many times have you asked yourself “why did I keep that?”

So, let’s get to it and give your home a huge overhaul, getting rid of any chaff you have been squirreling away over the years.

One of the best places to start is by working out what you are going to do with all the rubbish you end up with, trust us there is going to be plenty.  Your options are pretty simple.  You could use a skip hire company, although this can be expensive, you could find your local dump and run back and forth or you could use a company such as www.samedayrubbishremoval.com.au to help find someone to come in, whip your rubbish off and make the whole process a little more efficient.  

Start going through the garage and the loft but don’t just assume everything is junk.  You might have some pretty cool up-cycling products waiting to happen.  Again, take to the internet and see if you can find any inspiration for old boxes, ladders or other items which can be re-tasked. You might discover you can make gorgeous planters out of a broken wooden ladder.  If you happen to have some wooden pallets around, you could even create some awesome furniture which you could sell on Ebay! Handy if you are looking to boost your income a little.

You also need to consider which items could go to help a charity, school or other family in your area.  But try to give them quality things.  You need to be brutal with the bits you have.  It might help to make three piles.  Definitely rubbish.  Maybe worth saving.  Stuff for keeps.  Then have the rubbish removed straight away, pop the items you are keeping in smart, labelled boxes and finally tackle the maybes.  

It may seem like a chore, but regularly going through your garage, loft or basement will help you maintain better organisation and will ensure you are on top of all of your assets.  You may also discover that you have much more space than you imaged, which could give you room to create a home office or, better still, a little studio for all your DIY projects.

We all need to separate the wheat from the chaff, so take a little time this spring to regain control!

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