The ton of stuff, revisited

I have been pleased that I got rid of a ton of stuff. But I was recently shocked to learn that most people throw away about a ton of stuff a year! I laughed as I realized I wouldn’t make headlines for cleaning out a ton of stuff, when others send that much to the dump in a year.

I wonder how much trash I throw away in a year. Generally it’s 1-3 plastic grocery bags of stuff a week. Another 1-2 of recycling, at least during this downsizing process. That would be… 10-15 pounds? That’s about 500-600 pounds of trash a year. Too much, but only a fourth of what apparently is considered average in America.

So I’m now considering a new challenge: I want to get to a point where I know I only take 10 pounds a week to the trash. Then less if possible. Not by simply refusing to throw things away, and not by rethinking what could be donated or recycled since I already do that. This I will need to do by rethinking what I buy and choosing items with less packaging whenever possible and shopping more wisely for food. (I rent, so I can’t compost. Food waste is a large portion of my trash weight each month.) I don’t know how it will work. But then, I didn’t think I could get rid of a ton of stuff, either. But I did… and more.


Hmmm… perhaps I could find someone who composts…


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on September 20, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey I bet you are wrong thinking that you cannot rent and compost!
    First of all, you could take your food scraps to a local community garden! I am sure they would LOVE to have that! If there is no such in your area, why not try to organize one in your community? At food co-ops they may be able to put you in touch with like-minded folk or at LEASE a local farmer!

    Plus, there are some limited compost-y things you can do at home. Compost buckets that hasten the process can be made, and also many plants can stand to have coffee grounds, egg shells and tea bags placed right in the pot, roses for instance.

    Well, Happy Composting!

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