10 years ago, my husband and I tried to get rid of a piano that ‘came with our house’. It was no longer “tunable”. It was HUGE and took up sooooo much space in our family room that we barely avoided hernias each time we moved it to make room for our growing family’s activities. We tried to sell it, give it away, donate it but NO ONE wanted it. We did not have the desire or skills to transform it into a useful piece of furniture and freecycle did not exist in our community. I hate to admit this publicly, but, we pried it apart, heaved it out the back door, dragged it (with the pickup truck - that’s how heavy it was!) and burned it. We both looked at each other and said ‘this is just wrong!’ On one hand, it felt wrong to destroy a musical instrument, but it was equally wrong to have stuff that didn’t bring us joy and took up so much energy and space. We vowed then, that when we brought anything ‘new’ into the house, something had to go out. We have honored it some times and not others. But we certainly are better at choosing carefully the belongings we know we have to store and maintain.
This month, participants in the Eco Family Virtual Conference are exploring the story of stuff in their lives. They are taking action to adjust their consumption, simplify and enjoy life MORE! The virtual conference is actually a flipped classroom, meaning you get all the videos and materials and even have cool activities you can do at home all month before we gather online.
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What’s the story of stuff in your life?