I have started a new challenge for myself, dear reader.
To sell (or generally give-away to someone else) 52 things that I currently have as possessions. Things that are still useful, in good condition and could be enjoyed by someone else.
We are a society of consumers, collectors, hoarders and ‘possession is nine points of the law’ people (Wikipedia). So if I sell or give away then it is no longer my possession, the item now belongs to someone else. We often buy things on a whim, as a reward, or when we feel depressed, maybe it was a bargain at the time. Days, weeks, months later that ‘thing’ sits unused and unloved in some cupboard or corner. I wonder how many things in the world are in the wrong place? What I mean is, people with too much unnecessary stuff and other people living without the basic necessities.
So no more!
It is my year of less! Other people need these things more than me.
- Check out Mark Kanazawa’s 1996 paper on economic history.
- Find out how an orchestra of young people are using trash to create music. (Landfill Harmonic Teaser, Utube)
- Read what other people in Maui are doing to reduce waste (waste not want not.org)