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#Mauritius - Doing The Expat Thing
Not a hoarder.. πŸ˜‚

Not a hoarder.. πŸ˜‚

And so it begins.. πŸ˜‚

I balk at anyone calling me a hoarder.. πŸ™„πŸ˜…Β  I see myself more as a collector of nice things. More often than not probably more for me than for the rest of the family.

Hubby came home yesterday after 15 days away and we went for a short walk before supper. Two houses down I saw it.. A beautiful wooden crate.. πŸ˜‚ Images of what I can use it for started flashing in front of my eyes. Hubby’s reaction.. He calls me a ‘pack-rat’ and starts laughing out loud.

Not that it stops him from assisting me in hiding it in the bushes to collect on the way back home. Perhaps he was hoping I would forget about it. Not a freaking chance… To me it’s a beaut and I can think of several uses for it.. πŸ˜‚ A laundry crate in the bathroom, changing it into a little shelf to put stuff on.. I can go on..

I lugged it home, lies, hubby lugged it home; where it is now awaiting it’s rebirth and new lease on life in the de Kock household .

Since arriving in Mauritius, whenever I go shopping I look at items with two different mindsets.. 1. O fudge.. I have that item in storage… Why should I have to buy it again.. Or 2. As we are not sure how long we’ll be living on this specific rock I’m thinking why buy stuff if I might just end up having to leave it behind again.

This makes each shopping trip really hard as I, like any other woman does, love shopping and more than that, I love shopping and decorating my home. Which is now a tad more complicated as we are living in a fully furnished rental complete with its own paintings against the walls.

So seeing this crate, still usable, completely free and to top it off beautifully and authentically old looking just the way I like it, I was in ecstasy. 😊

If I don’t have to buy it I don’t mind leaving it behind. If I get it for free and can re-purpose it to use in my home why not? I am at once saving money as well as saving the planet.. πŸŒπŸ˜‰

Along that same vein, just two days ago I asked a new friend to put the word out for some empty glass jars that I can use to put my dry food ingredients in.

Back at home I had a whole shelf of them containingΒ  flour, oats, couscous, sugar, lentils,Β  pastas etc. It helps clear the clutter of boxes and you can immediately see what you are looking for. I especially brought my blackboard stickers bought from MR PRICE HOMESTORE with to Mauritius for this use.

So on that note…not a hoarder. πŸ˜‰ I am a re-user, re-purposer. Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. ❀️

Ps…. The girl child’s opinion on this blog is that I’m a hoarder in disguise trying to justify collecting stuff… πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚




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