Because I have no money, I shop a lot. No buying though! It's masochism, folks, plain and simple! We all need a vice, and masochism works nicely for me. And you benefit as well = bonus!
A friend wants to shed a lifetime's accumulation of sh** so she can sell her big house and move to a two-bedroom condo on a golf course. No yard. Not much furniture. No need for closets full of paper bags, odd cooking supplies, and late-night impulse purchases from the Home Shopping Network. You know what I'm talking about, right? The sham-wow? Seventy-three sets of sheets for four beds? Your closets probably look the same. (My house does, pictured above. The sham-wow's in a cupboard.)
I have a friend with old records stacked all over her house. Hundreds of them. Probably thousands. She would like to get rid of them, but where to start? Who wants them? The volume of the collection is intimidating - there are enough black, round disks to build a tiny house in her back yard. What do you do with your vinyl treasures? Sell them one by one? Take them someplace and ask for a lump sum? Donate them?
Over the years I've had people ask me how to use / reuse / recycle some items that have really stumped me.
Do you ever just wanna shop? Go to the store, find something cool, pull out the card, and bring it home? Yep. But if you're trying to not create waste, shopping is a no-no.
I have a grand piano in my house. It's a small house, and the piano takes up serious space.
Have you ever noticed that life is full of dilemmas? Of course, if you're fortunate enough to be in the U.S., chances are your dilemmas are pretty tame. You're not a refugee. You're not displaced.
Let's recap. The election is over. No matter how you voted, one thing appears certain: the incoming administration is not interested in the environment. AT ALL. To be blunt: this blows. The best way to make big strides in trash reduction, reuse, recycling is to get corporate citizens involved. While there may be little regulatory incentive for that in the future, individuals can still make a difference. So let's get on it. Oregonians are on the forefront of environmental matters; let's NOT ease up the pace. First target: the holidays.
My friend Shannon is amazing. He has started sewing again, and he haunts thrift stores for cool clothing. He doesn't want the clothing to wear, necessarily. He wants to take it apart.
Since I have a house project coming up, I'm shopping.