Portland, Oregon just switched over to every-other-week garbage service in order to accommodate the extra expense of a new curbside composting program. Because my family shares garbage service with our next door neighbors, we were a little concerned with whether the seven of us could make it work. But so far, we’ve had no problems. (Although that can does get mightily full!)
However, my sister’s neighbors are having a having a problem with the every-other-week service, as they are diapering newborn twins. (And yes, they are using disposable diapers — this is not a post about the evils of disposables.) However, this particular couple has always put out a ton of garbage, which always baffled my sister.
“There’s just two of them, how are they making so much garbage?!”
And because they never made the efforts to decrease the packaging-laden stuff that entered their home or composted, (this I know because they gave their composter away as they didn’t like the look of it) they are now up sh*t creek without a paddle. Literally.
Of course, I would never broach the subject with them, as no one welcomes unsolicited advice from people they hardly know. Especially people with newborn twins!
This situation got me thinking about how when people make non-consumer changes in their lives during good times, the inevitable bad times aren’t such a big deal. This lesson applies to:
- Keeping your house un-crammed with Stuff means it’s possible to take advantage of a sudden opportunity to host a foreign exchange student or welcome a house guest.
- Living below your means allows you to weather decreases in income without defaulting on your mortgage.
- Allowing yourself to be less than perfect, (hair, makeup, clothing, housekeeping, cooking, etc.) means you can enjoy social occasions without feeling you have to meet an impossibly high standard.
- And yes, producing less garbage means that the addition of two little poop machines should not overflow your bin.
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