How do I know if this is trash? – Under the Porch Edition
That smell, you realize, is coming from under the porch. Something has gone under there to die, and accomplished its mission, if your nose is to be trusted.
But why would it go under YOUR porch? It’s not like there are places to hide …
Oh, wait. Yes.
You’ve been throwing things under this porch for hmm … going on a decade now.
That’s a LOT of stuff. You can’t even see what is making the smell.
Time to clean. But how to decide if items you find should be kept, donated, sold at a garage sale, or thrown away?
Read this quick guide!
Are these concrete blocks that are complete, whole, and in usable shape? Keep
Wait, that’s a lot more blocks than I thought. Maybe someone else can use them for a specific project? A lot of middle-sized to large communities have one or more organizations to help with just this sort of thing. Donate
I thought these would be useful but they are really just chunks of concrete. Maybe I could use them as filler for … well, maybe I could make something up? Trash
“I own a wheelbarrow?” Have you been doing yardwork for years without it? Did you replace it? I thought so. Donate
Is it rusted through, either on the wheel brace or the container portion? It’s not able to do anyone any good. Trash
Still sturdy and, with a little love, it could go to work again? These tools that can get oiled up and put to good use for another generation. Maybe you’re not the one for this task. Donate
Covered in rust? Unmoveable? Showing physical signs of decay? Trash
Oh, yes. You remember these parts from that fence project. Or was it the garage? Either way take a quick look at them. Are they warped? Are they damaged from the water? Trash
Are they stained? This might be okay if you need them as a replacement part for something that is painted. Are they in mint condition? Keep
That small stack over there? The odds and ends you are keeping just in case you come up with a project. Really? How long has it been? Are you coming into a whole bunch of free time sometime soon? No? Really, not even a pandemic is enough to turn the average person into a woodworker. Trash
Odds and ends
Old trash can lid. Is it aluminum? Recycle Another other material? Trash
You have held on to these toddler toys for years, but in addition to Father Time, safety standards have also crept up on you. These won’t be safe or in good condition when you have grandkids. Trash
That old sled … might actually be useful. Is it in working condition, with no holes or warps? Keep
Nothing is more fun than a neighborhood garage sale and clean-out week. Go together and rent a dumpster, and drop a hint to your hoarder neighbor.