23 July, 2012

How It Begins...



My husband loves the ice cream that comes packed in these tubs. I wash them, dry them and stack them up when they're empty. It seems to me that they're much too useful to throw away. I've bestowed many upon my daughter-in-law for use at her school. These have accumulated over the summer months, taking up counter space in our laundry room. I offered these to my daughter on Saturday morning, stating how I felt they were too useful to toss out; I could see them filled with Legos or crayons or any number of things that children collect. She looked me square in the eye and said: "you know, Mom, this is how hoarding begins." Oh. Later on my daughter-in-law took them off my hands, she explained that the art teacher at her school would take all of these that she could get. I have passed them on to her, gladly, some packed with teeny-tiny fabric snippets, those left-over pieces that are too small to save to my scrap bins. Oh-oh

Life is Good!

15 comments:

Paula TheQuilter said...

I 'save' the containers that the thin sliced lunchmeats come in: you know the rectangular ones with either a blue or red lid. These are perfect for leftovers and lunches on the go. Also for scrunch dying fabric.

cityquilter grace said...

love those containers...what kind of ice cream? i'll have to look in our local stores, although we don't eat a lot of ice cream; if i could find a black raspberry in a container like that, it would come home with me.

KQ Sue said...

I love the square ice cream buckets! I pack on-the-road sewing projects in them. They fit on the shelf efficiently, unlike round buckets.

Carrie P. said...

I would be saving them too. they do look to nice to throw out especially because they have the handles. Glad someone could use them.

Sherry said...

Would you mind saying what kind of ice cream? I'd gladly switch in order to have something useful **after** the goodness is gone.

As for hoarding. . .I think you have a way to go before you could be accused of that; after all you are getting rid of them -- a hoarder wouldn't do that.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm right there with you. It's so hard to get rid of perfectly good stuff. :) blessings, marlene

Janet O. said...

I have no fear that you are on the road to becoming a hoarder. : )
Those look like great buckets--wish you could get them without buying the ice cream.

Patrica said...

My DIL saw my bag of carefully saved fabric strings the other day and begged me for the lot. She says the preschool can use them for all kinds of art projects. I'm surprised at how difficult it was for me to let those things go! It's not like there isn't plenty more where those came from. :}

Sewing Sue said...

Saving useful things is not hoarding unless you can't let go of ANY... seems like you're doing a good job of recycling! My SIL eats lots of ice cream and I happily take all the buckets my daughter can bring over. I can always find something to fill them up, and people love getting them -- esp. the ones filled with cookies!

Lori in Virginia said...

While I agree that hoarding probably gets it's start in this way....I think the world would be a better, cleaner, and less indebted place if people used some discretion in what they throw away!! So, good for you, doing your part for the environment.

Lori in VA

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh funny! I look at my sewing studio all the time and think to myself, "Have I lost control? Am I now an official hoarder?" My family teases me that it is so :*)

leigh anna said...

the teacher (hoarder) in me can't pass them up, so tell mr. g to keep eating and i'll keep taking them, even if i pass them to the art teacher. :)

Linnie Quilts said...

Such a timely post. We're in the process of moving and I have to admit to being concerned about "hoarding". I don't keep everything ... just too much of a lot of things ... hate to be wasteful! But having packed, moved and stopped and LOOKED at what I've stashed has given me great pause and time to reflect on WHAT do I really need and how MUCH do I really need. Changes in my future!

Ancestor Collector said...

I've never seen ice cream in those containers. Is it a southern brand? We all have things like that we save. Recycle, renew, reuse! Keep things out of the landfills. I think you're doing a great service to the environment. :-)

Angie said...

I had to laugh out loud at what your daughter said... *grins* we know ALL ABOUT hoarding in my family---and if I had access to those buckets I would think the VERY SAME THING you did. :D