Well, sure, waste is not good, I know, and I am a great one for fixing stuff instead of throwing it out and buying new stuff, when possible. I preferred keeping my comfortable but very shabby, nap-friendly sofa to adjusting to a new one, so I had it re-upholstered, for just about the same price. Now it is all plump again, and I got to pick my fabric- a cat-resistant hard finished ribbed sort of thing, and got red welting all around. I think it's pretty, and the main color is approximately the color of Archie the cat, who is a blond tiger-striped guy. Hence, his cat hair doesn't show.*
But sometimes, stuff is just not useful anymore. When I bought my stereo, I was clueless, so I brought my clued-in brother with me, and he helped me pick out a Sony system at the Appliance Store. It had a turntable, which was cool, because I've kept a bit of vinyl over the years. There was a cd player, tape decks, and a radio as well. It has stood me in good stead for nearly 20 years. I am very fond of it. However, at the time I bought it, I lived in a big house, and had plenty of space. Also, at the time, miniaturization was still expensive. So we opted for a bulky group of components, in a case with a door. Spending the money on the sound, we reasoned, rather than cute tiny-ness.
I'd been dithering over where it will fit, with its big black speakers, in the new place. And then, my friend asked me why I was keeping it at all, in this age of cheap mini-systems and MP3s, and a light dawned. And then, my other friend told me about Freecycle , which had barely grazed my consciousness before. What a wonderful thing this Yahoo group is, which has so many local chapters, and lets you divest yourself of stuff without guilt!
Already my excess flower pots and planters are gone, and my old wooden trunk, with its cracked lid. My greengage plum tree in its giant planter is being picked up this weekend...and all by people who want to have and use this stuff. It's really just excellent. I feel positively buoyant and unchained, yet not irresponsible, or futile, or lazy. This system is a true boon to the overwhelmed person-in-transition, who has no car in which to schlep everything to Goodwill.
I'm going to get something small that will play my cds, and my downloaded whatevers. I'm keeping the turntable, though.
In other news, I bought a stove today at the Scratch and Dent, and I will tell you about this venture, which I enjoyed, and show you my bargain, very soon. I never got to pick my own stove before, and I am chuffed.
*This is a mixed blessing, as obviously a person can get a lot of cat hair on his or her bottom without realizing it.