I love actsofsharing.com, where you can share all your stuff with your friends. I’ve been using this quite a bit and I think it’s great for many reasons, one of them being the organization of sharing. How many times have you gone to lend a book or a movie to a friend, only to realize that you lent it out a while back, but you can’t remember who you lent it to? I do that all the time. My neighbor asked for her movie back about a week ago. I had it, for about a year, and I had no recollection of borrowing it.
I decided if this sharing thing is going to be part of our lives, we need to have an organized system of borrowing and lending. I decided to set up a bin for all of the small things like books and movies. This way, I can keep up with the borrowed stuff and I have a place to make a pile of my “stuff to lend”. This way I won’t lose anything by keeping it all in one place.
We have an Ikea plastic bin in the living room to keep everything in. So far the system is working well. More intentional sharing means saving money, owning less stuff and building more community. Gotta love it.
[item] A large bin and huge bag of miscellaneous stuff
[purchase info] Most of this was purchased new, but on sale. Some came from thrift stores.
[time in my possession] Many years
[last used] Over a year
[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy to medium
[info] This is a lot of random stuff… Christmas lights, toys, art supplies and office supplies. I have several storage bins of junk that I still need to go through, but this is a good start. These bins are like junk drawers on steroids.
[item] Black plastic drawer storage
[purchase info] Purchased new
[time in my possession] Approximately 6 years
[last used] A few months ago
[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium
[info] I had art supplies and paper in this for a while, then it transitioned to toys. Every time I clean out a storage container or storage unit of any type, I get rid of it. I don’t want to buy more stuff and fill it up. I did rethink getting rid of this several times, as I had many uses for it and thought it might come in handy again at some point. Seriously? This is about getting rid of stuff, but also maintaining the downsize. Bye, bye molded, sliding plastic tower of containers.
This is the bottom of my junk drawer…
In cleaning it, I found lots of spare change and all kinds of odds and ends. 90% of this stuff is things we just don’t need. You can tell a lot from a junk drawer. We mess with hardware stuff a lot, I have young kids, they eat candy, we’ve been to Mexico, I like coffee… You get the point. Continue reading