All sorts of things have been left behind by previous homeowners or tenants in the houses and apartments I've called home, from the mundane (chore assignments scrawled out on a notepad on top of the refrigerator) to the icky (bedsheets). And from past conversations, it seems lots of us are in the same boat. But you know what? Sometimes those things left behind can prove quite useful:Take, for instance, my current home. I had never lived in an actual house with a yard as an adult. Until now. When I moved in, I had nothing that would come in handy for actually caring for the large plot of land that was suddenly mine. Until, that is, I opened the garage door. Inside was a lawnmower, rakes, leaf bags, gardening gloves, a spade, and a garden hose. Oh, and a wheelbarrow. All in good condition and all things that I use at least weekly to this day. The previous owner, who was moving overseas and had no need for outdoor tools at his new apartment, helped me so much by simply leaving those items behind. I was able to hit the ground running when it came to caring for my new yard and I instantly had the basics for doing so. If I had had to purchase these items from scratch, I would have had no idea where to begin!
Have you ever come across something left behind in your home that wasn't weird or junky or icky but just plain useful?
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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