A tragic accident involving milk and my carpeted office resulted in me scouring the Internet to find the cheapest option for carpet cleaning. My options were disappointing: buy a huge appliance for $350 or rent one from the grocery story for $60. But what if I could borrow a carpet cleaning machine from a neighbor? Perfect.
Did you know that you can borrow items from nice folks in your area? When I landed on NeighborGoods.net, I knew I had found a treasure. Instead of buying, storing, and rarely using household items, I can share them with my neighbors!
NeighborGoods is network for neighbors. I log on, list items I’m willing to share, and find items to borrow. The site has security options such as verified accounts, and members can charge deposit or rental fees. A quick search shows me how I can easily borrow from neighbors near me.
Here are some popular offerings:
-Party furniture (chairs, grill, etc.)
-Bicycles for short trips
-Sports Equipment (basketball, surf board, etc.)
I am one of the many Americans spending a total of $22 billion a year on self-storage. Admittedly, Americans are pretty bad at sharing. But think about it: why does every person on my block need their own lawnmower?
Founder Micki Krimmel shares on her blog some of her inspiration for creating the NeighborGoods sharing network:
The hyper-consumption that has dominated our economy and culture in recent decades is the anomaly in human history and it’s burning itself out by its very reliance on unsustainable growth. In its place we are turning back to a more collaborative, communal economic model where we are re-learning how to share resources and skills. We are re-learning what it means to be part of a community. And we are re-learning what it means to live happy and fulfilling lives without the constant pressure to buy more crap.
Shareable Magazine recently released a study on sharing finding that people who share are happier people. They found that “once someone tries a sharing service they’re more likely to begin sharing in other areas of their life.”
Next time you are in need of an item, check out NeighborGoods to share and borrow items. Their mission (“to help members live less wasteful and more connected lives”) is bring fresh interconnectedness to our neighborhoods.
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