Consume less. Consume Differently.
We need stuff. Stuff allows us to get necessary tasks done and do activities we enjoy.
Below is an evolving list of stuff I’ve found value in.
I try to purchase secondhand via Facebook Marketplace, Mercari, Poshmark, ThredUp, Once Upon A Child, thrift stores, and garage sales.
If buying new, I try to keep the end (of the product) in mind. Is it built to last (e.g., “Buy It For Life”)? Can I see myself holding on to this for five years? Ten years? A lifetime? If not, will I be able to pass it on when I no longer find value in it?
I want to emphasize that I am not perfect. Making progress is my goal.
Do what you can with what you have.
- Ball Mason Jar Leak Proof Reusable Lids (2019) – I collect mason jars and use them for storage. These reusable lids help keep the contents secure without having to mess with the metal bands and lids for everyday use.
- Darn Tough Socks (2019) – I’ve gradually built a weeks-worth of the Hiker Micro Crew Midweight Hiking Socks. They’re (supposedly) guaranteed for life and I’ve yet to have issues.
- Sorel Caribou Boot (2015) – Minnesota winter approved. I plan to have these for years.
- BumGenius Freetime All-in-One Cloth Diapers (2020)- I found a barely-used lot of 17 diapers on Facebook Marketplace for $75. It may have been the best “deal” I have ever found. I have since purchased four more new.