The home and belongings of a nomadic Nigerian family.
Let’s think for a minute about how much “stuff” we own. Have you ever taken a walk in your neighborhood and looked through an open garage door? In a lot of garages, in America, we no longer have room for the cars. We have become a collector society for a number of reasons, to include financial stability. Instead of sharing a seldom used item we each went out and purchased one. Think about camping gear, gardening tools, inflatable beds. In our family, a few years ago, there were two rototillers and one at the neighbor’s, next door – consumer culture. Independence also breeds this type of behavior, but times are changing. We need to depend upon one another more these days, to save money, but also to make a lighter footprint upon the earth.
Last summer I came across an article in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that discussed the topic of borrowing items instead of buying everything we need. The article stated that, “Social networking and smart phones have paved the way for people to share their stuff…….people who share information about themselves online are more likely to share their belongings.”
To read the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle, go to:
Buy it? No, Borrow it! The newspaper listed the following sources for access to borrowing, individually, or creating a group in your community: Rentalic, Neighborrow, NeighborGoods, Share Some Sugar, Snap Goods (This one has a guarantee). Think about this lifestyle choice, the world won’t change until we do.
After years of maintaining all the “stuff” we own, the simplicity in the image above, does have my attention.