The neat thing about having a general purpose blog is that you never know what subjects are going to present themselves for you to write about. The neat thing about writing every day is that the search for subject matter makes something like that which Alissa and I are starting a really prime source of subject matter.
For any number of reasons, Alissa and I have decided to make some positive changes in our lives. We’re trying to live more simply and sustainably. There are many facets to this. First, we’re trying to live debt free. That will take some time, but we’ll get there. Second, we’re trying to get rid of stuff. When we moved into our condo in 2007, it was an exercise in downsizing. We gave up about 600 square feet and half of a two car garage, all of which we had manage to fill up quite successfully. And we’ve since added Annie to our family. Accordingly, space has been an issue as long as we’ve lived here.
We had made some attempts at selling stuff on craigslist, but the whole process of keeping the items ready for sale and coordinating with prospective buyers, was more effective at creating little stacks of salable items than at ridding our home of said stacks. Instead, we’re giving stuff away, mostly to Goodwill. Tonight, we even gave away our grill.
Why would we give away our grill when I absolutely love to grill? Well, that has to do with the next area that we want to simplify: food. We’re going to try locally sourced produce, and local organic meats. In some cases, we’re going to try and get really local and create a modest vegetable garden on our balcony. And that’s why we gave up the grill. We’ll relace it with something smaller.
We posted the grill on Craigslist, and it was taken by a man whose old grill had fallen apart last summer because he’d been carting the thing around to cub scout events. He and his son got a grill that works, a cover and a full propane tank. We save the cost of a dump run, the hassle of borrowing a trailer, and we took the first step toward repurposing balcony. I’d call that a win all around.
Our real kickoff for this exercise will be in June, and you can be sure that I’ll tell you all about it.