I first learned about Compact Living when I stumbled upon this amazing and inspiring blog, Walk Slowly, Live Wildly a while back. She talks about her experience making the Compact Pledge here.
As I am working on simplifying our household, I have been cleaning out the basement, closets, etc. I was wanting a table lamp for our living room so I could read or knit comfortably on the couch without the harsh overhead lighting. I thought about maybe even buying one if I get some birthday money. Forgotten, in our basement was a perfectly good and lovely lamp, but the lamp shade wasn't the right fit and made the bulb too bright. Then I remembered I had purchased a lamp shade to go with this a while back (maybe two or three years ago?), but had never gotten around to using it. Still in the Target bag and with tags and cellophane on it and everything was the new and just-what-I-wanted lampshade!
Hubby came home and noticed the "new" lamp. I told him it was from the basement. He said "Oh, you freecycled to yourself!"
This made me realize how careless I've gotten with "things." I also found an old receipt from when hubby's car had to be towed for repairs. I had never sent it in to the insurance company to be reimbursed. We still had time, so I sent it off today- $60 that we can totally use was almost left forgotten on top of the fridge!
I came across this article the other day... just reading it should at least get you to thinking...
From here on out I am going to really try to keep in mind: Do I need this item and if so, can I get it used somewhere instead?
Simply an awesome idea. Would you be able to do it?