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  •  Dude, you are doing more than most people already (16+ / 0-)

    Too much farther and you'll be up for canonization.
    The one thing you haven't mentioned is consumerism.
    Think, a lot, before you buy. Do you need this item? Will it serve you well and for a long time? What happens after? Is it made out of toxic or rare materials? Who made the profit on it? Was it made by slaves?
    I get the feeling you already run this kind of mental checklist.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue May 21, 2013 at 04:45:18 PM PDT

    •  I Am TERRIBLE There. Terrible (10+ / 0-)

      I totally epic fail. I buy way more than I need. I've gotten a lot better in recent years, but still have issues. Case in point the size of my house. Five bedrooms. I left a few rooms almost sit empty when I first got this place. My parents and folks said I needed to "fill" them up. I was like why?

      But I did. I have "trophy" rooms that I never use.

      Working on that. I have one room, I kid you not a "third" guest room. I got rid of all the stuff in it and all I have is a yoga mat, some weights, and an ad chair.

      •  Being the kind of person I am, (5+ / 0-)
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        there would be shelves and storage in spare bedrooms for things I do use like bundt pans and bulk sale items like toilet paper. I certainly wouldn't heat or air condition them though. English houses are tiny and have almost no storage room. It can actually make life more inefficient because the tiny refrigerators require more trips to the store per week, and cooking utensils take up all the room in cupboards. I process most of our food and would do more if I had room for things like sausage grinders and cider presses.
        As to compost, my garden was too small to have room for a big one, so I started digging three foot deep trenches, throwing about a foot of vegetable scraps, garden clippings, and horse manure into a section, and then burying it through fall and winter, and only used the bin for summer. We have very loamy soil full of happy worms though, so that made a big difference in how fast the material broke down (and how easy it was to dig down three feet!). I did this for three years and the results were magnificent.

        You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

        by northsylvania on Wed May 22, 2013 at 02:40:30 AM PDT

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