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The Newsstand The Quibbler April 2019 Discussion: Garbage!



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Greetings! As you may recall, the theme for March’s Quibbler was garbage. If you missed the March issue, never fear; you can check it out here!

You might be wondering why on earth people would want to sit around all day talking about garbage. Well, spring cleaning is fast approaching, and given that there are so many different ways of disposing of your trash, we figured that you may want to share. So, what are you waiting for? We would like to hear your thoughts on garbage!


Discussion Questions to Consider:

- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?


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My favorite article this month was the interview with Filch. It was spot on with the answers and as always, hysterically funny. I love the one word answers and when he slammed the door in the interviewer’s face. It was one hundred percent Filch goodness. As always, I LOVED the Dear Snape article. It is my favorite part of reading the Quibbler. It’s so sarcastic and beautiful although slightly less snippy than usual.
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings very true for me. When I was small, up until now really although I try to control it, I would pick up bolts, nuts, coins, rocks, shells, random pieces of metal, basically anything I found interesting. My mom and siblings called them “Gracie Treasures.” I still have a collection. It’s mostly nuts and bolts but they remind me of happy times. Of course it would be amazing if Muggles could simply vanish their trash. It would make cleaning super easy. Why, everyone would do it. They would probably just use Abra Cadabra or Disapearo or any other made up spell. We could probably teach them Evanesco.
I am admittedly not the best house keeper. I like to fold clothes and dust but other than that, I’m just not very good. When I do clean, I do it in parts, that is, I pick one part of the room and I clean it. And then I pick another part and so on and so forth.


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I can honestly say I have never looked in someone’s actual trash. But if you consider things for sale at a tag or yard sale ‘garbage’, well then yes I have. I used to go to these sales looking for old calendars that had cool pictures. I would then use these to decorate my classroom. Through this I was able to expose my students to various artists and mediums.

I think the world would be a much happier and cleaner if this was possible. But since this cannot happen, I think that people should be looking for new uses for ‘trash’. I have heard some countries are turning their recycled plastics into a new paving surface for roads. This is not only a good reuse of something that would normally get thrown out, but is actually longer lasting and more durable than traditional paving options.

My number one tip for spring cleaning is that if you haven’t touched it in a year, either throw it out, give it away or donate it. With so many natural disasters happening around the world, a lot of what we no longer want or use could be very helpful to someone who has lost it all.

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- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I can't say that I've ever gone dumpster (or trash can diving as the case may be. I have rescued things from my families to be thrown out piles while we've been cleaning to use in various art projects or home decor. My current bed frame is fashioned out of some shelves my sister was going to throw away. It's now hosting my overflowing collection of books, so that's neat.

- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
Assuming that vanish truly means vanish and not send elsewhere, then yes I do think that the world would be a better place. Our landfills are overflowing and a lot of the materials in them will not decompose, so it's taking up space that could be used for other things like more housing or open spaces. In addition, there are a lot of pollutants in our landfills and trash that has been tossed away that is damaging our ecosystems and the wildlife.

- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
My go to method is "if it doesn't bring you joy, toss it out" followed by "have I used this item or even thought about it since I last cleaned" Obviously, if the item has sentimental value, I keep it, but I try to keep those contained to a single box so I have to be really really sure that I want to keep it around.

- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
I think any spell would be helpful to Muggles because there are very few that I know that like to clean or do so well. The only one I could think of specifically at this moment would be one to clean the sticky mess inside a fridge, but that may be because there's an unknown sticky substance in my fridge right now and I don't have the energy or strength to try and clean it myself.
 

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My favourite article this month was the attempted interview with Filtch. No only were his answers (or lack of them spot on), but I really liked the care that the interviewer took with cats. After all given Mrs Norris, Flitch should be in favour right?!

I cannot say that I have turned trash into something valuable, but I have taken care to recycle wherever possible. Maybe I could claim this as valuable to the environment.

I like the theory of vanishing trash, but what happens if you throw something out (or vanish it) by mistake, can it be recovered?!

Spring Cleaning.. for me is to be systematic. Set achievable targets and feel good achieving them. Also to take a day off.Personally I like to finish all my cleaning by the weekend. I don't store up my 'spring cleaning' ie clear outs, i try to do this every school holiday as well as the end of the year. Currently i am busy sorting through alot of book shelves and I find doing a little at a time is best!

If I had a spell.. it would be for cleaning the stains caused by rain on windows! It always seems to rain just as I have cleaned them!!!

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What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?

I enjoyed pretty much all of the articles this month. Who knew garbage could be so enticing! I always enjoy the Severus Snape advice column.

You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?

I'm not sure about that. But my step-sister was going to throw away her Hannibal DVDs at one point. I always wanted to watch that show so I took them off her hands and watched them. Honestly, I'm in the love with the show and the fandom. Hand-me-downs are sometimes the best thing ever.

Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?

Absolutely. As long as it doesn't just transport to someplace else.

Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?

I often have something on in the background so I don't get too bored. It can make the task last longer but at least you'll get through that TV show you've always wanted to binge.

What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?

Muggles are complicated creatures. They would discover all these useful spells to help clear up their messes. But would be disheartened to find there is no spell to clean up past mistakes. And then they would just continue to throw trash away like they've always done.

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- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
Weirdettes of the Wizarding World. My reaction would have been the same. I don't want to touch anything that has held human excrement. Ugh, I can't imagine what kinds of disease would lurk in there. It was also a slightly amusing article...just knowing someone else would react the same as I would.
- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I don't look through other people's trash. There is a reason people throw things away. Clothing torn, electronics that don't work etc. You would have to give me protective clothing to go through someone else's trash. I don't even shop at second had stores.
- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
That would be great. No more pollution...well at least the kind that would show up in garbage. Air pollution is a whole other problem. I hate seeing trash being blown about by the wind. It would so nice not to have that. It would also keep bugs and animals away..if some of the garbage was food.
- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
I don't do spring cleaning. Things get cleaned weekly ( or daily depending on what it is...like dropping food) Why wait until spring to do something?
- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
Evanesco.( I can't think of any others that would be as effective.) It would be such a blessing to be able to get rid of an item so it doesn't show up in a landfill.
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As someone who finds it difficult to put the rubbish out myself due to my physical disability, I feel that I would benefit so much if I could use magic to help me do so. I would love to just be able to vanish my rubbish as well as casting spells to put the bins out.

The world would definitely be a better place if Muggles could vanish their trash. It’s despairing to see all these landfill sites all around us and it would cost the councils much less if we could just wave a wand and watch it disappear.

The biggest tip I have is if you don’t use something and it is still in good shape, donate it rather than throwing it out. There are others out there who might be able to make use of what you believe is trash.

I always try to encourage the Cub Scouts to reuse any rubbish they have lying around the house. When I was younger, I would make all sorts out of egg boxes, milk cartoons, etc. I would just let my imagination run wild.

I think that Evanesco would be the most useful spell Muggles would use. My biggest peeve is dog poop because, as a wheelchair user, it gets everywhere if you roll in it. What I wouldn’t give to be able to just vanish it in an instant.


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~What was your favorite article of this month's issue and why?
The Devil's Advocate!! I love listening/reading the absurd reasoning of other people. It's too funny, this article advocates throwing trash anywhere but the trash can because it will make smaller piles! 😂 It reminded me of my father telling my sisters and brothers he would come to their houses when they moved out of his and throw trash around their homes like they did his. Which he did! 😁 They had the nerve to be pissed 😆 This article made no sense but he was so much fun with plenty of laughs which I do so enjoy.

~You have probably heard the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure." Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
When I got my first apartment, a family member was throwing away furniture and a refrigerator, I took everything she had. lol Some member's of my family talked crap about me taking trash. I finished decorating and let a select few come admire my crib, so they could go back and tell the bums lol. I wouldn't let them come over or in my house 😈

~Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
No because were would their trash vanish into? Nothing or just wind up in someone else's yard or trash can, or worst on the street somewhere. Now if there was a control burn that did not let toxic fumes in the air, this might work. If Muggles barely care about where the trash goes now why give them more options to throw trash around?

~Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
I go through my clothes and if there is anything in good condition, I give to Goodwill (hats, dresses, jeans, shirts pocketbooks and shoes). I throw away things, I've hoarded that I know I have no use for anymore. I go through all letters and papers to see what I no longer need. I wash everything down, like baseboards, walls, woodwork, doors, windows (inside and out) sweep off the deck amd if needed wash and water proof. Dust and clean in every nook and cranny. After I finish cleaning I purfiy my house with Holy Water (sprinkle in every corner) and burn White sage incense in every room.

~What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
"Scourgify, it cleans objects and I think the Muggles would use this one all day long rather than do any work themselves. lol Any little dirt this spell should do the trick.

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- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
I would have to say Confidential Things the Ministry Doesn't Want You to Know, because it was a fun read. I kept envisioning the writer as a teenage gossip, and it made me giggle throughout.
- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I have actually done this a few times. Usually with furniture that was set out on a curb. If all it needed was a face lift, I bring it home and revamp it with stain or paint. I've given away, kept, or sold it. The ones I've sold have given me a bit of extra spending money here and there.
- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
I think that would be amazing, honestly. It would cut out the need for landfills and clean up our streets, parks, and everything else. The oceans would no longer be littered, wildlife would have more room and not have to compete with our garbage for their habitats.
- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
Personally, I tend to pick one room at a time, empty it completely, clean all surfaces and the floors, sort what I want to keep and what we really don't need anymore, and then replace the keep items, organizing as I go. Then I sort the items we don't want between a trash pile and a donation pile.
- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
I don't know about everyone else, but Scourgify would be a dream come true. It would make my life easier and my house so much prettier lol

 

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The saying “one man's trash is another man's treasure" is totally accurate! In my house and family in general we find it very hard to throw things away, so we often pass things along when we don't want them anymore. So, for example, when I was growing up I'd rarely have to buy clothes for myself because I had my aunts and older cousin who passed on sacks filled with clothes every year. Basically clothes that no longer fit or weren't liked enough to be worn by them regularily. My sister and I would be filled with excitement every time a sack like this arrived. We would wait until we were both free so we could open the sack together and see what clothes were inside. Luckily for us we didn't share our size nor style, so we rarey had to fight over any clothing. But boy there were some great treasure in that "trash"!

As for the questions of whether the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out, that's a tricky one. On the one hand I feel like the obvious answer is "yes", because of all the environmental benefits. On the other hand, if I try to imagine a completely sterile world such as this, it seems a bit depressing. No more accidental findings (you know how people put totally great useable "trash" next to their trash cans, so people can just take it?). And if you were ever going to regret having thrown something to the trash, you won't be able to take it back if you regret it... Maybe I'm just bad with change, but it seems a bit sad to me.

I don't do Spring cleaning, pretty much because I live alone so I just clean when I think it's necessary. There are many people who do Passover cleaning, which is probably even more brutal than spring cleaning, but my family never did that. My only tip for cleaning is to make sure you think about the places where no one usually touches, like corners and ceilings.
 

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- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?

I think my favorite article was the Interview with Filch. It was no surprise that he didn’t cooperate and I loved how Zoe got even by letting in all the cats. It served him right for not helping.

- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?

I’ve used things that other people would consider trash. Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls for kid’s craft projects. I remember making a vase out of an empty plastic bottle of dish washing soap when I was in kindergarten but I don’t think it was valuable to anyone but my parents.

- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?

It would certainly eliminate a lot of trash and make it a lot cleaner.

- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?

Turn on some music while you’re cleaning it makes it more fun. I would also suggest doing it a little at time. If you set small goals you feel like you are accomplishing something it also doesn’t feel like it’s such a big job. Just one small thing at a time.

- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?

I’m not sure what spell muggles would use most for cleaning but I can certainly think of a few that would be useful. Scourgify is always a good spell to use to clean up messes. Reparo which is the repairing charm is another one. If something is broken why clean up a mess if you can simply fix the broken item. I could definitely see muggles using that one a lot to repair something that is broken. You break a glass why throw it out when you can simply fix it. Vanishing things would also be good if you just had some trash you needed to get rid of.

 

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You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
Nothing that was literally in the trash, no. But sometimes I'll be cobbling together a project and someone will have something that I need for it. They might have thought it was useless, but it wasn't to me. Case in point: my raft of plastic bottles.

Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
Definitely. No more landfills, no more islands of floating trash in the ocean.

Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
If you keep everything neat througout the year, there'll be no need for a huge spring cleaning. Just clean whenever it gets cluttered or dirty. I would hate to clean a lot of stuff all at once.

What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
Scourgify is probably the best for cleaning up messes. They would probably Vanish most of the trash, though, and reserve Scourgify for items they want to use again.

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“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” It’s something I’ve heard a lot, but I never really understood it until recently. Helping my grandmother go through her past memories and mementos was extraordinary. Things that may look like nothing have a story. Take for example an old statue. It may not seem like much on the surface, but that statue may have existed for decades, and been passed down from generations, coming from ancestors all the way in Germany. At the end of the day, we shouldn’t judge things by their chipped exterior, but on the memories they hold for us and those we care about. This is true not just for objects, but for all things. We shouldn’t judge anyone just by what they look like, or what we can see, but on their potential.

Based on this, how I clean might be considered a bit non-conventional. When I do a deep cleaning, or as some might call it a purge, I try to consider each item I have, and if it doesn’t bring happiness or some sort of good memory, I try to get rid of it (unless it’s something I absolutely need of course). While it doesn’t always work, I think it’s just a good way to live your life, only keeping the good.

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- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
My favourite article of this month was Dangerous Beasts! It was rather funny seeing trash pandas (aka raccoons) being described as dangerous beasts. But the more I read on, the scarier they seemed – especially the part of them attacking my pet! No way do I want my cat to be blinded or have her lungs collapse . The article was well-articulated and quite light-hearted despite its slightly scary content!

- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I have used other people’s egg cartons to attempt to grow a garden of herbs out of it! I believe this counts since they were going to throw them out anyway! It’s interesting to think that what I used to believe is trash could be used for other creative ideas that I wasn’t aware of! I only got the idea after I went to a gardening store and a kind woman suggested it as a fun activity to do and to try out growing herbs as a beginner (thank you, kind lady!!)

- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
Oh, yes definitely – this would reduce the amount of landfills being filled up and thus, pollution occurring on the Earth. I’m sure many advocates for Earth’s health would also very much like this option. I also do think that it may increase the amount of trash that people generate because of how easy it is to get rid of it, although it may not matter if it vanishes anyway! The only problem would be if people throw it in the ocean or elsewhere that could harm the wild-life! That would be the most problematic as it may cause animals to die if they get caught in the garbage

- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
I do think that spring-cleaning can be tedious and boring, so I would try to make it more pleasant by listening to music and just dancing around (especially when you vacuum!) In addition, start early! Nothing like cleaning up while its nice and bright and you have energy. By the time it’s evening, you may be running out of energy and not want to clean - it’s the worst going to bed thinking that there’s so much more to do and that I could have been productive. I also try to make goals like “I want to finish cleaning the bathroom by today!” rather than having it as one gigantic goal of cleaning the entire house. It helps you feel more satisfied and I believe more productive in the end.

- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
As suggested, the Vanishing Spell (Evanesco) would likely be the best spell to clean up a mess! Any trash is immediately taken away! As for organizing, I think the Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) would be very useful in moving things around and putting things back in its place! Just thinking about how nice it’d be if magic were real makes me a bit sad *_* My messy house would be much cleaner…I think!

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What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
I liked the Muggle Mania article. It was really funny and I enjoyed reading about how a wizard reacts to an iPad and other Muggle technologies.

You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I don’t think I’ve ever found something actually in the trash before and used it. I’m a bit of a germaphobe so I don’t usually like anything that’s been used. My sister and I do like crafts though and have used small scraps of paper or little things we have around the house for crafts that I think most people would just throw away.

Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
Yes, I think it would be better. There wouldn’t be a problem anymore then of stuff sitting in landfills and harming the environment. There also wouldn’t be so much garbage on the side of roads or in parks, etc that could hurt animals or anything.

Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
I try to just go slow when I’m spring cleaning and do little areas one at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself and get discouraged. I also like to try and make it more enjoyable by maybe putting on some music while you work or something like that so you don’t get as bored with what you are doing and want to quit.

What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
I think they would use Scourgify the most.

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What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why?
I liked Muggle Mania the best because it was fun, well written and entertaining to read.

You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable?
I didn't find something in the trash and took it. At least I don't remember that. But I recall an incident where I had a meeting with a business partner in their agency. It was very casual and we were talking about a project she was working on. For said project she ordered several glass vases but as soon as they arrives she didn't liked them and was thinking about trowing them away. She showed me one of the vases and I said that I liked them. So instead of throwing them away she gave them to me and I used them as flower vases and as container for easter and christmas decorations.

Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out?
Yes and No. Yes because of the obvious reason of avoiding trash pollution and making the world a more healthier and cleaner place to live in. No because I believe that caring for the environment teaches you responsibility. And learning responsibility helps you in a lot of aspects of your life. Now, I know that not everyone cares for the environment and/or tries to avoid producing a lot of trash so that point I made won't apply to all. To make it clear what I mean by responsibility: Seeing how much trash you produce might let you think about how you could reduce said trash. Maybe by buying different products that have a different packaging, for example (recycled) paper instead of plastic. So it lets you realize that you can do something different to help avoid more trash. Let's say a lot of people would think that way and try to act the same - the production of those packages would go down, too, which also helps the environment because a) natural resources would be saved and b) there will be less pollution because lesser factories are in use (keep in mind this is just a play of thoughts on my end). Now on the other hand if we were able to just vanish all our trash it could have the opposite effect: More packaging because we don't need to care about it, more use and waste of resources, more factories etc. You could vanish all the packaging, yes, but it wouldn't help the world in making it clean and healthy because of the other aspects I mentioned. It will have an immediate effect and it's 100% a good thing to get rid of all the trash. But you have to think of the long term effects, too, that could be caused by that. If you could avoid those with magic, too, the that would be ideal.

Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share?
Techniques? I don't really have any special techniques I think. I just make a mental list of things I want to do or rather things that need to be done. And then I start small, followed by a more time consuming project and I try to do them as quick as possible so that I have them out of the way and focus on more fun things.
If you want some tips on making certain things less boring then maybe listen to music or a podcast while cleaning. Takes your mind off of the boring task you're doing and it will be over more quickly - or at least it feels like time goes by faster.

What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
I think the Scouring Charm is a very helpful spell. It is used to clean objects. So muggles could use it to clean their dishes, windows, floors and so much more. Such a time saver.
 

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- What was your favorite article of this month’s issue and why? My favorite article was the interview with Filch. It was very funny and captured him well.

- You have probably heard the saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure.” Is there a time that you can think of when you found something in the trash and turned it into something more valuable? I don’t believe I’ve ever looked through someone else’s trash but I suppose there have been times when a family member had wanted to throw something away but I have been able to convince them not to. Sometimes I’ve been able to make some things, like crafts, using what I kept.

- Do you think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash instead of throwing it out? I think the world would definitely be a better place if Muggles could vanish their trash. It wouldn’t become pollution if it could just magically disappear and that would help the world very much because there is a big problem with that.

- Are there some spring cleaning techniques that you would like to share? I go through everything pretty thoroughly and I try to reorganize everything. I’m not the best with getting rid of stuff because everything means something to me but I try my best to get rid of some stuff. It really helps me to reorganize everything though because throughout the year I tend to just throw everything in random places. I like to just dust and clean everything as well and make everything as spotless as I can. It makes everything feel a lot better if everything is cleaned really well.

- What spell do you think Muggles would use most often to help clean up their messes?
Evanesco is what I think Muggles would use most often to clean up their mess. I’m sure there are a lot of other spells that would help them as well.

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Z’s Rant was my favorite article because that’s pretty much exactly how I feel about the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” I mean I realize that the saying isn’t really telling you searching through someone else’s trashcan to look for useful items, but that is always the image it evokes. And the thought of searching through anyone’s trashcan—even my own—makes me shudder. Trashcans smell awful, and there always seems to be some kind of unidentifiable sticky or moist substance. Yuck!
I can’t think of anytime I’ve pulled anything out of the trash and made it more valuable than it was to begin with. In college we did have a box where you could donate clothes you didn’t want anymore that someone else could pick up and take for free. I have found some nice things that way, but I wouldn’t say that the clothes was more valuable. I suppose that if you had scraps of wood or old fabric or things like that, you could find a way to repurpose them and create something new, although it would likely take some time and effort.
I absolutely think the world would be better if Muggles could vanish their trash (as long as vanishing it didn’t have any negative side effects). Our world is so filled with trash and it gets worse every day. Plastics and other trash that get chucked in the oceans and on the ground are so harmful to animals and the environment.
My biggest spring cleaning technique is to do things a little bit at a time. I’m often a very sentimental person and can get hung up on certain things, but I find that if I take a breather every now and again and come back to things, I can get myself to throw things away that I had trouble letting go of on the first pass.
I think that Muggles would most often use Evanesco to vanish their messes. It’s like the wizard equivalent of just moving your mess to a different room to make things seem cleaner, except with vanishing the mess actually would be gone!

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I actually had a couple of favourite articles this month; I enjoyed both the interview with Filch because of its credibility, and the Devil's Advocate article, because it such a good argument, I can almost get behind it, haha! Heck, let's follow our ancestors and chuck our waste out the windows too ("Watch out below!") Everyone's always saying we need to get exposed to more germs to build up our immune systems, right?
Talking of throwing out waste and spring cleaning, I recently adopted some techniques learnt from Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up". If you've not read it or seen the Netflix series based on it, then maybe you've at least come across the "sparking joy" memes which have been cropping up everywhere. In the simplest terms, if you hold something and you don't feel happy then bin it. Or recycle it, seeing as we already have a problem with overflowing landfills. I successfully "Marie Kondo'd" all my clothes, and honestly, it does feel super refreshing. I can't wait to do it with the rest of the house!
If you don't want to or aren't ready to throw everything out, I also recommend upcycling. I couldn't bring myself to get rid of all my old T-shirts I'd accumulated from gigs and university societies etc. so I decided to turn them into a blanket instead! Now I have an awesome way of keeping cosy whilst retaining precious memories. So Muggles, don't despair, there are plenty of options available to keep your trash pile down.

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