How to get rid of your stuff *updated*

We suffer from having too much stuff. Sometimes I think we have too little space but mostly I think we have too much stuff. The question then is ‘how do you get rid of it?’Here are my top places for getting rid in (mostly useful) ways of the surplus in my life. For books (of which we have plenty) we use BookMooch. It allows us to pass on books that we’ve read but aren’t sure we want to keep and request books we might like to read one day. Just…

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Talking food

If, like me, you happen to have a few key issues that stand out above others (justice, generosity, simpler living etc…) the danger is that you become a bit of an ethical bore continually banging the same tired old drum. I’ve tried very hard not to force the issue on the rest of the church from the pulpit (we don’t actually have a pulpit but you know what I mean). So it was a huge encouragement to learn that one of our Life Groups have taken it upon themselves to…

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What’s your first thought?

I’ve mentioned it a couple of times but we’ve had a shocking run of things breaking down (boiler, cooker, dishwasher, car exhaust and so on). What’s struck me is that on almost all of these occasions my first thought was ‘better go out and buy a new one’. Broken cooker – time for a new one. Broken car – is it time for a new one? Part of the issue is that most of these things we own are actually quite old. The car is catching up the Starship Enterprise…

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Frugal Living

Suddenly and unsurprisingly frugality and thrift seem to be eminently sensible. It should be a point of note that people tended to view this kind of simplicity as somewhat bizarre while we were in the middle of the boom and shopping frenzy (not all that long ago), but now it seems its wisdom all the way. If you’re interested in how to live more simply or simply need to prune the outgoing column of your budget (or even make a budget) then Lifehacker has a couple of useful posts each…

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What about consumption?

At some point in the years after WWII our economies changed. The western world evolved into consumer economies. You are a consumer. I am a consumer. We have even designed our systems to measure your level of consumption. In fact from the point of view of a nation’s economy, the more you consume the more useful you are, even if you acquire massive debt in the process. The only point where this becomes problematic is when you can’t pay and default on your debts, because someone has to pay. Someone…

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