More With Less
Margaret and John are masters of making beautiful things for their garden out of bits and pieces that John finds at the tip:)
A thing that I would like to pursue from now on is to meet more of the needs in my life with even less resources than I currently do. A few years ago I decided to try living without buying new stuff. That is pretty much second nature now. I do buy a few new things - fair trade underwear, bits and pieces for building projects. I just bought a replacement battery for my cordless drill. But, it would be interesting to see if I can meet my needs using what I have, with more making and making do, and let's be honest, making things up as I go along, as mostly happens.
This is not some great big challenge for a year or anything, just a bit of a challenge to self, involving pottering, experimenting and thinking outside the box for ways to meet my needs without running out to buy things. I say this while also planning to have a builder friend build me a verandah and maybe get some kind of solar set-up happening, plus water tanks. None of these will be magically whipped up out of cardboard and string by me, but the idea is, that there be enough capital available for investing in useful things and not to have it all frittered away on the hundreds of small purchases that have, in past years, consumed a large portion of our household income.
If you are like me, middle class and middle aged.. then however small your income is now, as mine is, you no doubt have a house full of things and need to add very little, if anything to a possibly already rather cluttered life. And yet, when decluttering, throwing things 'away' is a myth. There is no 'away'. And op-shops are starting to experience peak stuff. So much is being donated that they can't take any more. I am thinking that the things I now own, tucked away in drawers and cupboards and filling up a good third of Rosy's attic hideaway, could be the raw building blocks of most of what I want to replace into the future. Well, this is my plan, anyway. I will at least try to fulfil my future need for stuff by using up what I have before venturing out, even to the op-shop. I think it is better to prevent waste by not having anything leave my home before it has been used and re-used several times at least, than bringing more stuff into the house, however ethically it has been sourced.
I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with much, much less. Plus, I'll have a cordless drill to play with..