Wednesday, 14 June 2006

one woman's rubbish is another woman's gold

Today, thanks to SheWeevil, I will be talking about my useless bits of stuff place and the useless bits of stuff that are in it.

Erm.

Where to start.

I have a small Useless Bits Of Stuff Box beside the bed. It contains three safety pins, an adaptor to convert DMX cable from five pin to three pin, a massage thingy with wooden nobbles on and a bookmark.

I have a larger Useless Bits of Stuff Basket on top of the wine rack in the dining room, containing:

  • Various maps, mostly of the Leicester area but also including Watford and the Netherlands
  • A handbook for the Morris Minor Centre in Bath
  • Some old sewing patterns
  • Some old photos, including one of B's first girlfriend
  • A jiggly puzzle thingy that my sister gave me for christmas and I've not been able to do
  • Two retired cameras dating from pre-digital days
  • Some letters from Aunt Lucy in Ontario
  • A hanging thing that Crazy Tom brought me back from Africa
  • A recorder
  • A small wooden box with some old pound notes and francs in it, made by an Hungarian refugee in a camp in County Limerick during World War Two
  • A selection of dried up board markers
  • A photo album that refuses to keep the photos inside
  • Dust

We have an Antique Useless Chamber Pot on a shelf in the hall cupboard, containing:
  • A brass candlestick
  • A melted candle
  • A roll of gaffer tape
  • A thingy to attached your bike lock to your bike
  • Some rawl plugs
  • Two flat batteries
  • One of those foot things you put under bed feet to stop them marking the carpet
  • A small ceramic whale

I have a Genuine Useless Bits of Stuff pile on the coffee table in the sitting room, which largely contains back issues of New Scientist and bits of paper that are Too Important to Throw Away but aren't actually fileable.

None of this compares with the Aunt of a friend of my mother's, who had three bags under her sink, filled with string.

One was labelled "Pieces of string over ten inches long".

One was labelled "Pieces of string four to ten inches long".

And one was labelled "Pieces of string too small to be of any use".

I think this might be a good meme. Let us know in the comments section if you do it ...

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21 comments:

  1. Oh Ally, I may have to do this for my "magic drawer".

    Loving the "Pieces of string too small to be of any use"!

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  2. Oh Ally, I may have to do this for my "magic drawer".

    Loving the "Pieces of string too small to be of any use"!

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  3. My entire room is a "useless bits of stuff place". Hmmm...must get around to organising one day.

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  4. My entire room is a "useless bits of stuff place". Hmmm...must get around to organising one day.

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  5. The Professor just hauled all sorts of junk out of the bedroom, under some pretty serious threats. I had no idea the room was so big! But there are still useless bits of stuff everywhere, mine included, I'm afraid. This would make an excellent meme.

    What an organized mind -- "pieces of string too small to be of any use".

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  6. The Professor just hauled all sorts of junk out of the bedroom, under some pretty serious threats. I had no idea the room was so big! But there are still useless bits of stuff everywhere, mine included, I'm afraid. This would make an excellent meme.

    What an organized mind -- "pieces of string too small to be of any use".

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  7. Ah yes, keeping the old cameras 'just in case this digital thing dies'

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  8. Ah yes, keeping the old cameras 'just in case this digital thing dies'

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  9. What a good meme. I am feeling mostly braindead today, so I shall, for a change, oblige. I also second Ms. Mac - the pieces of string - excellent. :)

    PS I'm glad it's not just us with the strange quantities of gaffer tape kicking around in random places...

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  10. What a good meme. I am feeling mostly braindead today, so I shall, for a change, oblige. I also second Ms. Mac - the pieces of string - excellent. :)

    PS I'm glad it's not just us with the strange quantities of gaffer tape kicking around in random places...

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  11. Hmm, to catalogue one's useless bits I think by definition makes them useful. A piece of something forgotton in a pile can only truly be classified as useless. If one rememebers what it is and where it is it will one day be useful (maybe...)

    That's my excuse for piles of things anyway.

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  12. Hmm, to catalogue one's useless bits I think by definition makes them useful. A piece of something forgotton in a pile can only truly be classified as useless. If one rememebers what it is and where it is it will one day be useful (maybe...)

    That's my excuse for piles of things anyway.

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  13. I would be so frightened to even start to record my useless stuff!

    I am always keeping bits of packing and odd pieces if plastic because they will be useful...maybe if I worked for the Blue Peter props department they would be!

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  14. I would be so frightened to even start to record my useless stuff!

    I am always keeping bits of packing and odd pieces if plastic because they will be useful...maybe if I worked for the Blue Peter props department they would be!

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  15. The small ceramic whale sounds nice.

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  16. Good God. I have so many piles, drawers, baskets, and boxes of useless crap around I couldn't possibly list them all! *shudder*

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  17. Good God. I have so many piles, drawers, baskets, and boxes of useless crap around I couldn't possibly list them all! *shudder*

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  18. I think this would indeed an excellent meme make. Except I'm planning on talking about all the useless stuff George keeps, not moi, ahem.

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  19. I think this would indeed an excellent meme make. Except I'm planning on talking about all the useless stuff George keeps, not moi, ahem.

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  20. "None of this compares with the Aunt of a friend of my mother's, who had three bags under her sink, filled with string."

    Well, keeping your string organised is very important!

    I think I'll have a go at this one . . .

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  21. "None of this compares with the Aunt of a friend of my mother's, who had three bags under her sink, filled with string."

    Well, keeping your string organised is very important!

    I think I'll have a go at this one . . .

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