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Episode 243 – 10 things to declutter from your utility room

There are some areas of your home that are high traffic but seldom get the TLC they deserve. The utility room is one of those rooms. Today it is entering the spotlight when we delve into the ten things to declutter from your utility room.


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  1. Hello ladies. I too love a 10 things podcast; they are informative and really funny. I didn’t have any of the things on the list. I love washing dishes so i always want to have just the exact cloth and tea towel to use. I recycle my grocery bags at the store each week. Pegs are called clothes pins in America. They are making a comeback as people are becoming more environmentally conscious. Thank you for another great podcast.

    1. What's the meaning of the phrase 'Donkey's years'?
      A very long time.
      What's the origin of the phrase 'Donkey's years'?
      It turns out that, although Donkey's years is now the more commonly used slang term when meaning 'a long time', donkey's ears, has been used that way too (although not very often) since at least the early 20th century. The English humorous writer Edward Verral Lucas used the phrase that way in his novel Vermilion Box, 1916: "Now for my first bath for what the men call 'Donkey's ears', meaning years and years."
      The clue there seems to be that Lucas write comic stories. 'Donkey's ears' wasn't used until well after the date that 'donkey’s years' had become established in the language and was only ever a jokey alternative form.
      So, having found 'donkey's ears' to be a side-show, we now come to when and how did 'donkey's years' originate? It is now used as Cockney rhyming slang and the assumption that is made by many is that the expression was coined as such, making the rhyme between 'ears' and 'years'. That assumption is very likely to be wrong. Three things count against it.

      1. Ok maybe you can help me, here in America. What is a donkey’s year? I think i can get the definition from context but i’d love to have you tell me.

  2. Lesley, one of the reasons I love listening to your podcasts is your lovely Yorkshire accent. "Scullery" pronounced in Yorkshire is a divine word 🙂

    1. Aah that's so kind, thank you. I'm actually Lancashire just over the Pennines but I'd almost impossible to tell sometimes. Scullery is indeed a fab word. Thanks for listening Liz x

  3. We call them clothespins in the US. 🙂 Not a lot of people hang clothes outside to dry where I live in Montana. I use them outdoors on a line in the summer months, but hang clothes to dry inside using hangers on a wooden dowel above my washing machine the rest of the year. I use clothespins as “chip clips” to seal packaged food more often than I use them for clothes.

  4. Hi Lesley & Ingrid,
    It's a clothespin in USA. I lived there too and was the only person with my washing on a line.

    My Grandma used wooden dollypegs and I used to paint faces on them. I still have some. Grandma also told me never leave pegs on the washing line as that is lazy and they will rot but if they were spring pegs the metal piece goes rusty and leave marks. So I always keep mine in a fabric shoulder bag ( actually one a friend brought me from Cyprus with Greek design. ) which is easy to reach into and it lives on a hook on the inside of my back door. Especially if there is a sudden downpour and I have to run out and gather my wash off the line. Not uncommon here in the UK. As you said at the beginning, not all homes have a utility room or area.
    Ann 🏃🏼‍♀️🌧

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