I think that simple living is a key way in which we can help save wilderness and wildlife, and the planet.
I would like to see large numbers of animal lovers and people who care about wildlife joining this group. We can all invite our friends and let them know how important this is.
second ago invited all my 27 Care 2 friends...and hope they will join us...
Joining!...thank you very much for sending me an invitation Sanja...it is so lovely to be here with like minded caring people. xx
Yes! Let's start a new movement! Save the planet
Many thanks to everyone for your positive comments!
Simplicity sounds great to me. Thanks Monica for inviting me.
Thank you, Monica, for the invite; this group is 'just up my street' and I agree whole-heartedly with the ethos of the group.
Welcome all new members...it's a great group.
Hi everyone and thanks very much to Monica for the invite. Simple living is very much at the top of my list. Those of us who are aware must do something to redress the balance as our planet and it's inhabitants is being destroyed by the carelessness of people. We must start to invest properly in the living system that is our planet. yours in love and peace, Charmaine x
Thank you to everyone joining! I agree with Brigitte - let's help build a movement. Please invite all your Care2 friends to join this group and spread the word!
Every little bit we can do to help save the eviroment and wildlife sounds great. Will step up and do my part.
This is an awesome group hope all new members are enjoying!!!
Living simply not only helps save the planet, it also helps one's sanity. A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind.
I agree with you Olivia. I just did alot of de-cluttering and took 5 1/2 bags of stuff to a local thrift store. I feel alot better now that I've done so. Also I have more storage space for my other things.
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Good for you Pamela. I figure there is no point in having all that "stuff" if you can't find it to use. My father was a bit of a pack rat (Depression mentality--never throw anything out...you may need it later) and his sister is a downright hoarder...despite the fact she lives in an assisted living place and is 92 years old. I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. May we all be thankful for what we have....and also thankful for all the stuff we don't have.
My one grandmother who passed a couple of years ago was a hoarder (she got worse after my grandfather had passed). When I do try to de-clutter I think of her house and how much clutter she had. I think that is why I did so well when I got rid of the 5 1/2 bags of stuff.
Saturday I took about 40 nice art books to the local library and a medium size box of stuff to the local swap shop (at the town landfill)...and I have another large box to go there tomorrow. My husband wants to move really badly (and so do I) and he has finally started to tackle his mess in the basement...yeah!
Olivia sounds like you've been busy, but certainly sounds like your getting organized. Keep up the great work.
Thanks Pamela...and thanks for the green star. The need to move is a great motivator to unload. I have a friend who moves on average about every 2 years and every time she does she sells and gives away a lot of things. She says constant moves keeps her from accumulating stuff she really doesn't need. I just dragged out all the Christmas ornaments, candles, and other decorations and have weeded out more stuff to take to the swap shop...which I have been doing for the last 2 years. Books, pictures, and Christmas items are the areas I have the most trouble with....but I am getting down to the "nitty gritty" now.
It's a constant job for me. I have my own stuff that I try to bring places but I also am always finding things on the street that are in good shape so I bring them home and have to bring them too. I do not like trash day. I don't have a big house so it's a challenge at times. I am domestically challenged to put it euphemistically. I agree that buying less, giving things away, not buying things with lots of chemicals, and so on are the way or part of it. Hardly anything in my house is new. Most of it is used or I got from my mother. There's always a lot to do and I always am finding different things of doing things, saving water, using less water, and soon and so on. I could go on because this is a big topic for me but I will spare all.
Kate that is awesome that alot of the furniture, etc that you have is second hand. The fact that you try to save water as well is great. I've been working on that myself (my last bill I only used $5.19 worth of water). I'am hoping my next water bill is that low if not lower.
I am really impressed by your water bill, Pamela. That's really low. I have a 2 family and dogs and a cat who likes to drink from the faucet although I put something under to catch the water and then use it for something. I do occasionally want new furniture but I think all I want is furniture that doesn't look like I'm still in college. I'm 58 so I'm a bit past that. Oh well.
That's great about your water bill Pamela. We are in the country and have a well, so don't pay for water. But until 20 years ago I did, and learned to conserve and I still do. I think being wasteful is a sin...as well as expensive. We are constantly striving to use less energy and we have 4 portable solar panels that gets off the grid a bit. My hubby and I started with a lot of stuff because he was 52 and I ws 45 and we each had a house full of stuff. I gave away a lot of my furniture to friends in MD rather than have to move it to CT...but we still ended up with more than we needed....and it's taken us a while to get down to bare bones necessities. Kate, if there are any auctions near where you live, you can often get really nice used furniture really cheap, and with the economy so bad, we have even seen antique furniture sell at auction for a lot less than new would cost.
I actually have a mix of "college" and antiques. My mother was an antique person and so I do have some nice things. I just don't think to go out and look. I could try an auction; I would guess there are some as I live in Boston. If my memory is working and I can remember I will try to look for some. It's really just a couch, chair and other assorted functional pieces I need. Thanks.
Kate, I am sure you will be able to find some auctions in the Boston area. We sold quite a bit of stuff at auction this year and got very little for it. We needed 2 chairs so when we list our house we can stage our kitchen as an eat in (we don't eat in it but had a small table) and we got 2 nice wooden chairs in great shape for $5 plus the 10% buyers' premium and sales tax. There was a great sofa there, good condition that also went for $5 ( I live in CT, near UConn and about 35 mins from Hartford).
That is good. I will definitely try to get to an auction. I did see a nice used couch but didn't get it and now I'm sorry I didn't. I have an oddly shaped living room which I have never figured out how to set it up. I will look it up. I'm always so involved in Care 2 stuff and all sorts of other petitions that I forget to do everything else. Thanks for the info.
I don't mean to be a hog here but after I posted the above I watched a video a friend had put on my page and it seemed appropriate to what is being discussed. I don't know how to put a video on, but here is the link to "Chocolate Wisdom?:
It's one of the videos by Humanity Healing...and it's brief. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I know I would have done the opposite of the people in the "story".
Kate, perhaps you could see if there's a freecycle group in Boston? You never know, someone might be looking to give away a nice lounge. I'm in much the same boat- the only furniture we have in the house bought new is the bed, one bookcase and the pantry cupboard. The rest came from friends and family, off the street or the Salvos. It makes me feel virtuous, but I'm just glad we know some people with good taste in furniture
The good thing about it though is that I'm not too attached to any of it, apart from a couple of things my dad made. If I moved away or the house burned down I wouldn't be too upset to let it all go and start over.
Even though I have already did a big de-clutter not that long ago, I still have the earge to purge. Sometime soon I will probably start to sort through cupboards, my dresser, etc. I want to get my apartment alittle more organized.
Pamela, glad you still have the urge to do more. After the holidays is a good time to do it...especially if you get a lot of gifts you don't want. I don't have to worry about this year as we aren't exchanging any gifts with anyone. Every year after New Year's, the swap shop at the dump has a lot of stuff brought in that you know were unwanted gifts. Have a great holiday season everyone.
How did your swap shop start Olivia?
Olivia really enjoyed the "Chocolate Wisdom" video you posted a week ago. Such a touching story.
Happy holidays everyone! Pamela, glad you liked the video. When we moved here 18 years ago there was just the local dump/landfill. People took things to a bulk area that were perfectly good...and I rescued some of the items (exercise bike, curtains, children's clothes, etc), giving some to people I knew that could use them or to the Salvation Army. There is a large building at the dump where they store a large machine that grinds up brush but it didn't take up the whole building. At some point they designated part of that building as the "swap shop", with tables and bookcases where you can leave usable items. You don't have to leave anything to take something. There is also a big bin for clothes that is emptied by the Salvation Army about once a week. Since they have had the swap shop there have been several ladies who volunteer there and put out the items left. I go so often I know how things are arranged and usually put what I take in the proper place myself. Several towns here in rural eastern CT also have swap shops and they certainly cut down on a lot of things going to waste...for as they say "one man's trash is another man's treasure". Happy New Year to everyone.
Olivia that is a wonderful idea, wish my community did something like that.
Pamela, If you have a landfill/dump with a spare building, or part of one, maybe you could suggest it at a town meeting. I have always felt that it was sinful to waste anything...and especially now when so may people are unemployed and in need. We had some rough years when we were first married (before I got a job here) and brought home a lot of items from the swap shop, most of which have now been taken back for someone else to use. If the landfill is not an option, maybe a senior citizen or community center or some other place where people could take usable items. The swap shop won't accept anything that is broken/won't work, but they do take things that just need to be cleaned up a bit.
Olivia I agree it is a sin to waste. It is something for me to look into. It is a great idea to have a swap shop, especially living in a town that has alot of peoole who work seasonal, these are some that would appreciate something like this. Even I would donate things to something like this. At least the folks taking items would appreciate alot. Thanks Olivia.
Today I took a bit of stuff to the Salvation Army thrift store. Will probably do a little more purging soon. It always feel's good to get rid of things that are not being used and are just collecting dust.
We have a Salvation Army Thrift Store nearby and have taken many loads of items there...but they have recently made it harder to leave items. They do have a bin at the swap shop (that they come empty regularly), but it is just for clothing....no household items. We have also called for their truck to come several times for furniture and big items. My husband happened to mention to the driver on one visit that we had a motor home (1978 but hubby had done a lot of updates) that we wanted to give away....and we ended up giving it to the driver for his church.
It sounds like everyone here is doing good things.
And the really important thing is to buy less in the first place.
I have a large storage building that I crammed full of odds and ends when I moved a couple of years ago. I started sorting through and discovered enough office supplies to open up a store and various hardware items, tools and other things that I had been buying because I didn't know I already had them.
After giving to Goodwill all the items I didn't need, I freed up about 2/3's of the floor space. I went through everything and sorted out tools in one box, office supplies in another, hardware items and etc., etc. Now it's kind of like having my own personal Walmart plus I have room to store my car and bicycles.
John A it sounds like you have been busy, and sounds like you could have one big yard sale.
Thank you to everyone for joining this group, particularly the new members - it is important.
I encourage everyone here to invite their friends to join, using the "invite friends" button at the top right of the group's home page. It really is a good way to grow group membership, and get people thinking and involved!
Good for you John! My father and my husband both had a habit of not knowing where any of their tools were (too much disorganized clutter) and so they bought another one...and another one. When my father died and I went through his things, there was a minimum of 6 of everything. With so many people unemployed these days it's especially important to donate all the items we don't need and hope that they can help people who really need a helping hand...especially since from the looks of the federal and various state budgets, the government is going to be cutting back on a lot of aid/social programs.
Thank you, Olivia! Like your father, I found I had six or more of everything. (after becoming organised) Something new I have started is keeping a storage container in my kitchen, bathroom and closet. Anything I am not using goes into the appropriate container. When full, I take it to my favorite charity so someone else can use it. (I'm glad to see "Voluntary Simplicity" getting more activity!)
I am glad that those of us in the group can do what we are doing voluntarily. I feel so sorry for the people who are having to give up so much unvoluntarily--like their homes, pets, health insurance...The more articles I read on Care2 the more depressed and angry I get. One thing I think we all need to do is take some responsiblity for growing our own SAFE food. We are fortunate to have 3 acres but for those who don't have land, there is a web site on Cummunity Supported Agriculture (CSA): http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
You can put in your zip code and see if there is one in your area. Many communities have land for community gardens and they are becoming more popular..as the cost of our food goes up and the safety goes WAY DOWN.
John what a great idea with containers you put stuff in and donate to a charity. Tomorrow I will be donating some more stuff to the salvation army thrift store. Still working on getting organized, amazing how much stuff you can aquire over the years. Will be purging more over the next while. Want to get myself and apartment alot more organized. Have been buying only things that i need.
I have another large box filled with items to take to our local swap shop. We haven't been in a while because of the weather. I also have 2 bags of clothes for the Salvation Army. Good job everyone..kepp up the good work.
Thanks for reminding me! Time for me to make this month's donation!
Going to Salvation Army tomorrow with 2 bags. Also will be doing some more declutering and may end up with more to go. Sure feels good to get rid of stuff that isn't being used and taking up space.
Took two and a half bags of stuff to Salvation Army thrift store today, feels wonderful to get stuff out of the way that wasn't being used anymore. Still want to go through cupboards and closets and try and get rid of more stuff. It doesn't seem to end the purging. Is nice to make more room though.
Good for you! Pamela K.
Thanks John A. I have the next two days off and plan to clean and organize the apartment. I will probably end up with more stuff to give to the salvation army. Can't wait to get it done I will feel so much better when it is done.
Thanks John A. I have the next two days off and will be organizing my apartment, I will probably end up with more stuff to go to the salvation army. It sure will feel good to have my place organized more. I always find it feels good to get rid of stuff that isn't being used anymore.
Did a little more organizing and have some more things for the thrift store. It is amazing how much you collect over the years.
Good for you Pamela. I have found a few more things also...you never know what you will find when you "dig deep enough". We are getting down to the "nitty gritty" (essentials) now. Have a good day everyone.
You are right about finding things when you start digging deep enough. Some of the things I found I forgot that I had. Might find more items I forgot about when I get digging again.
I absolutely agree with Monica, but at all anyway, to live a simple life, be non-greedy is the most efficient way " to save wilderness " and keep diseases in bay, those modern anyway.
I believe that Simplicity enhances our ability to enjoy our real self and ompany of others in communion with Nature. However everyone may have their own definition or understanding of what constitutes simplicity. To each his own. The good thing is that Simplicity is very environment friendly and if adopted by significant number of people in myriad ways, it can truly make a difference.
Yes, that's for sure ...agree with the above
Has anyone held a yard sale recently?
I have not but I am collecting things in the hope that I will. I'm either going to get there or have too much stuff that I have to bring somewhere. I am cleaning out my basement which is a necessity because I have to have work done down there but it's really good because it has SO MUCH stuff and dirt that it is a good thing. It's a horrid basement so I procrastinate, one of my talents I am not proud of. but now I have no choice. IT's a busy June so I hope I will get myself to do a yard sale soon instead of going to other people's sales.
Olivia, I am just (belatedly) noticing your video and reference to being a hog. Well, it's not a bad thing to be a hog. hogs are gentle and lead lives of simplicity if not kept on a horrid factory farm. Isn't that what we want? The hog wouldn't pick the fancy cup but a simple mud puddle instead. It is the human need for things and fancy ones at that that are part of the problem. One should never be insulted when compared to an animals or use animals as insults.
What the professor said is very true. That chocolate looked so good too!
It's taken me a while but I'd love to accept this, thank you.
Welcome to this wonderful group Kaye. Feel free to post your thoughts or ideas.
I'm sending another invitation to friends to join this group, and hope that many friends (new and old) will join!
Thanks for the invitation - what a great group.
Thanks for the invite Monica.
Thanks for the invite, Monica. Simplicity is the key right!
IT sounds a wonderful group, I love simplicity life and being simple ...
Everyone can and has the ability as I believe to make things so simple and in the same time the same things can make it so coplex or complicated ??? we say make it big it wil be big and make it simple it will be specially in managing situations and problems??? why not to live as simple as possible ... I feel so happy in the days of vaccation and spend it withing my home small garden with the homeless cats.
THANK YOU Penny C for invitingme to the group and manny thanks to those whothought of it if they were a group and it is very wonderful and very nice thoughts if one who started the group which I believe will grow and succed.
With full respect and warm welcome to everyone joining the group although I am just joining.
I have been thinking about taking a pledge to buy nothing -- except food of course -- for one month. Maybe it would help me to find alternative objects rather than buying something new. It would also give me a chance to make a list of the things I am thinking about buying and seriously consider the issue before going out and shopping.
I just realized it is the first of the month -- I might as well try it this month.
How about buying local? You can buy local fruit,Veggies,and even locally butchered meat. Stay away from chain supermarkets. Alway get away from prepackage dinners and such. The food is not that great and you have all that packaging. No more bottled water or drinks. Buy the powered and mix it yourself, Buy can goods when they are cheap,so that you have it when some unforseen event gets into your food money. I wish you the best
Thank you for the invite, Monica! My lifestyle is very simple and very low-stress now - quite the opposite of it a few years ago.
Alice H. - You have a wonderful idea about not buying anything for a month. But if you find yourself unable, might I suggest my rule? If something comes IN, something must go OUT. So if you end up buying a book, grab another book off your shelf you already read and give it away.
For those trying to let go of the unwanted material items - if you have items charities won't take (such as holiday items, appliances or electronic equipment) - think about posting at your local Freecycle group. Esp. now with some many people unemployed or with little incomes... that extra box of clothes or old appliance may actually help a family in need.
Things like cereal boxes and even their bags can be reused.also a container is always a container in a pinch or long term. The money you can save by creating something out of something else can be maybe hundreds of dollars a year. and lets not forget about time and energy savings.
Reusing is as old as we humans. It is only the last 5 decades it has gone out of style.And look at the problems we have because of it. So much litter and trash either buried or burned or even washed eventually into the oceans. The thing is you have to want to reuse something. It will take some thinking before you create something that will be useful. There are sites on the web you can get help or even help others on reusing. The other thing is you get a feeling of satifaction when your creation is done.
Another little tip. Compact your trash and exercise at the same time. Things like plastic bottles can either be squashed or cut up , the same with tin cans if you don't recycle them ,glass can be broke ,card and paperboard ripped up. So many of us just leave the air in all our trash . This causes us to buy more plastic bags,increases our trask bills and so on. Imagine toning our muscles just buy deflating our trash and saving money yet.
I hope This helps. You seem like a good caring group Best to you all --MIKE
This is new to me,but I like the ideas here.I will try some of them,and try to think of new ideas,too.
Welcome Holly glad you like the group.