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Old Home Items That Many of Us Don't Use Anymore

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Photography: Pexels (Main Photo) | JP Meneses (Art)

Now that you've got a bit of time on your hands—after you've made a proper reflection on your life and everything that's wrong with it, that is—it's time to set your sights on the household baggage. Is it time to "KonMari" the oldies? We're talking about the flotsam and jetsam of most Filipino homes that have either been rendered obsolete by new technology or are just so grossly tacky that you'd best say goodbye to them pronto!

Here, just a few of your once favorite things and what you maybe, possibly could do with them:

Kabayo

Original photo source: Frank C. Müller, Baden-Baden - Self-photographed (via Wikipedia)

Nope, we're not talking about horses here. We're referring to the clanky ironing board made of wood and covered with swaths of cloth like a mummy. It's heavy, oftentimes rickety, and quite frankly, not so very safe specially if you have little children running around the house.

Exchange it for the modern, lightweight versions which are sturdier, safer, and don't look so damn ugly. What to do with your kabayo then? Perhaps your upcycling friends could make something beautiful out of it. If worse comes to worst, you could always chop it up into little pieces and use them as garden paraphernalia.

Plantsang de Uling

Of course, where would the clanky ironing board be without its trusty partner, the clanky, heavy iron, which uses live charcoals to heat it up? If you still have one of these babies, then you've got something that antique collectors may want to get their hands on.

Ask around for how much it could fetch. Check out Facebook pages offering antique finds to canvass prices. In the meantime, polish it off and keep it in a secure space where little hands couldn't unwittingly mistake it for a plaything.

Kudkuran

Another version of the kabayo, the kudkuran is a low bench with a blade strapped on one end. It is a peculiar looking household implement and homemakers used it then to grate the meat off coconuts.

Please say goodbye to this workhorse pronto as, like the other kabayo, it is not all that safe. Heap it along with the week's trash, and just ask your favorite manggagata in the palengke to grate coconuts for you.

Transistor, Betamax, Cassette Tapes

Okay, we all have our fair share of electronic waste. We keep them because, well, you'll never know when you might have a use for all those cables, right? Or maybe you just cannot part with your complete edition of the television series V, in betamax, because it brought you so many hours of humorous schlock shock fun!

But this is the season to let go, remember? So shoot a message to theewasteproject[at]gmail.com and they will take care of disposing all of those defective and obsolete appliances and gadgets we often have lying around the house. Keep in mind that these thingamajigs actually contain toxic compounds that may pose a threat to you, your family, and the environment.

Palo-palo

This is a piece of wood used to beat dirty clothes to cleanliness, or so our ancestors thought. Again, throw it away before you hurt somebody.

Today's detergents are more than effective enough to beat the crap out of dirt. And if you don't have a washing machine, go to a coin-operated laundromat. Way cooler!

Panghilod

This is a piece of rock used to scrub the dirt off our bodies. Okay, I'd just like to ask: Who is that dirty that he'd need to use a piece of hard, solid rock to get clean?

If you are still using this in your household, halt! It is not at all good for human skin. You're just hurting yourself. Get a loofah!

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