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Aerden [userpic]
I Hate Recyclers!

Housecleaning Rant: We made the horrible mistake of allowing a recycler to come live with us.

I hate recycling. Even though I believe it's a good thing, every single recycler I have ever known has been a nutcase about it. They collect, and collect, and collect, and allow the stuff to pile up in their homes, and they never take the stuff away! So you wind up discovering a pile of used (but cleaned) aluminum foil or plastic bags. You think it's trash. But oh, no, you mustn't throw it away, because it's for recycling!

Screw that.

If it looks like trash, is not in an obvious recycling receptacle--it's going in the trash. I have had it up to here. My stepbrother is the same way--collects the stuff, won't hear of it being thrown out, but never takes it to the bloody recycling place unless you menace him with tongs and a blowtorch. He is even like this on vacation. I don't know how Mark's stepmother puts up with it. If he were my son, I wouldn't.

Some of us prefer to live in neat homes and be civilized people, dammit. I know I am not a neat freak--nothing like Felix Unger. But by God, I do like to be able to invite friends into my home without feeling embarrassed. I am so effing tired of that.

So anyway, I've done little bursts of housecleaning all day. I got up at 6am and cleaned in the kitchen some, went on another cleaning rampage a few hours later, and have continued off an on since then. The mission for this evening is the refrigerator.

I will have a neat house.

Books: I found the link to a set of books I loved as a child: The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series. :)

Current Mood: grumpygrumpy

I hear that. I get frustrated with my mom, not because she recycles things, but because she will set anything on the kitchen counter and immediately forget about it. Enter her kitchen on any given day, and you will likely find about three or four partial loaves of bread, several wadded up paper towels, a stack of paper--old mail, flyers, etc.--about a foot high, and various other things including but not limited to a container of sugar no one put away and a bunch of bananas that probably should have been thrown away a week ago. If you want to bake something, you will be hard pressed to find any free counter space.

The weird thing is, my mom is a total neat freak. She's just really disorganized and easily distracted. It drives me crazy.

Oh my God....That is bad. Will she at least allow the old, used stuff to be thrown away?

My kitchen gripe is that, though my husband cooks wonderful meals, the concept of cleaning up while he cooks is apparently foreign to him. When I was growing up, my mother drilled the 'clean as you cook' mantray into my and my sister's heads. With Mark, it's like you have to clean the entire kitchen with Formula 409 after every single meal.

Now I am like your mother in some ways--but only because I don't have a lot of storage spakce, so I tend to put things from, say, shopping, in the foyer and forget about them because I know I need to find a place to put them. Unfortunately, this means I contributed to the clutter, which is bad. That's why I'm working on cleaning some of my own stuff out. I have things in drawers that I've saved since high school. I don't need that stuff, but I'm fond of it. But it has to go.


Will she at least allow the old, used stuff to be thrown away?

Oh, sure. If something like that is lying around, it's usually because she just forgot to throw it away, or got distracted or something. She uses paper towels to wipe up water or other things that get spilled when she's cooking, and puts the used towel to the side in case she has to wipe something else up before she finishes, but then once she does finish she forgets to throw the towel away.

I love her dearly, but my mother's memory leaves a lot to be desired, unfortunately.

I spent an entire evening "decluttering" our kitchen once when I was home by myself. I discovered an oblong, green object in a plastic bag lying on the counter, and it took five minutes of staring at it in confusion for me to realize that it was the remains of a hoagie bun. It was buried under about five other plastic bags of various types of bread--none of which contained more than four pieces, mostly the heels--and I think Mom had forgotten it was there.

I am sorry that your roomie is giving recyclers a bad name. Doesn't your town have a weekly pick up for recyclable items? I just let the city pick up my stuff. Granted, I don't earn any cash but I feel good about what I am doing and my house stays neat. I hope you won't give up on recycling completely. It can be inconvenient, especially when your trying to straighten the house. Having a designated place for it that is out of your line of site might help. A clean house is important but a clean earth is too. I hope you folks can find a solution that will make everyone happy.

I am all for recycling, as long as it can go into a designated spot and be taken away regularly. Our recycling truck comes by every other Monday, and our plastic bottles do get taken away, but we have a lot more than that, and more than will fit into our recycling bin. I wonder if we can get another bin?