Today was garbage day. A few days ago, one of my less considerate roommates put a bag of rubbish outside on the ground, because there wasn’t enough room in the barrel. As this was the kitchen trash, it was full of food scraps and delicious juice pulp, so of course the next morning the bag had been completely destroyed by animals. This resulted in rubbish being strewn all over the front yard.

I was hoping whoever did it would own up to it and clean up the mess they had inadvertently caused. After many days of garbage in the front yard though, I realized that was not going to happen.

I was getting pretty sick of seeing a shitty pile of kitchen scraps every time I look out my bedroom window, so this morning, I decided to suck it up, put on some gloves and go out there and clean it up myself.

I have an irrational fear of mold. I can’t explain why, I just hate it – I have to hold back a shriek every time I have to handle moldy food, even when its just to throw it in the bin. There was this one time when I was a kid and I made a sandwich on moldy bread and didn’t notice it was moldy until I took a bite (I literally screamed when I saw it), maybe that’s where it comes from, not sure. So I wasn’t looking forward to this, but I prepared myself mentally.

As I was cleaning it up, I realized that because it had been so cold lately, none of the food was even moldy – it was pretty much all frozen. So cleaning it up was actually easy and not scary at all. The gloves made a huge difference too, I’m really grateful we had them. Less than ten minutes later, I had cleaned up all the trash.

I put all the rubbish into a new bag and put the bag in the barrel, where it would be protected from animals ripping it open again.

I was totally proud of myself, plus we have a clean garden now.

So I think the moral of the story is suck it up and clean up the rubbish in your life instead of whining about it, even if you don’t think it’s your fault, because it won’t actually be so bad when you just do it. Then you won’t have to deal with rubbish in your front garden.

Or something like that.

Love and light –
Xxxxxxx