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post #381 of 461
So along with Compacting, I've been attempting to revise what I think I actually need in my home. Like a huge decluttering purge. I have been extremely excited about all of it and repeatedly mentioned it to my mom. Then this weekend my mom drops by with a entire bag full of holiday knicknacks that she got at her work for a dollar each. They were very nice items that normally are priced between $20-30 each, so it was really thoughtful of her, but I was just trying to get rid of the stuff like that and then she brings me more And of course, she will ask where they are next time she comes over (which she does alot), so I guess I'm stuck with displaying them this season and "accidently" losing them next year I guess she really doesn't get it, although I really appreciate her trying to be nice. Her feelings would be very hurt if I tried to discuss this with her.
post #382 of 461
subbing and seriously thinking about this. I've been so concerned about an increasing desire to SHOP! I've never been a shopper but since ds was born I've been bored and often find myself shopping out of boredom. Yikes. I'm pretty sure I'll be jumping in here soon, but I don't want to commit without consideration. Ya'll are great for doing this!
post #383 of 461
Hey mammas! We just got back from Hood River. Dh has some confereneces there, and since his work payed for the room, I decided to take the boys. I didn't buy a single thing except for food and coffee, and apples from one of the orchards. They have the cutest downtown with really nice shops, but I only went downtown to get dinner(burritos) one night. Of course it really helped that it rained the whole time, so walking two boys arround downtown in the rain to look at things they couldn't touch wouldn't have worked anyway. They had two really nice wooden toy shops, and Dakine has their main place there, but I din't go. I am actually so proud of myself.

I took the boys on the Fruit Loop, which is 30 something miles of farms, orchards, animal farms etc. that let you come and pick what you want, play with the animals etc. Since it was raining we only went to one big place and bought some apples, they had like 30 different kinds! Then we went to a Chestnut farm and they were roasting chestnuts over fires, it was awesome. THere weren't any kite boarders or windsurfers out for us to watch, but we walked out along the river anyway. Okay, that's my weekend. Hope you all had a nice one as well!
post #384 of 461
Since you all are or have been decluttering, check out the Holiday Helper thread to see if any of your GU items can be sent to a family in need. There is a link in my siggy
post #385 of 461
Today I bought:

$205: new tires for my car (mine were balding, so this is preventative safety, right?)
$12: Costco free and clear laundry soap - should last two to three months. Does this fit into health and safety? Should basic hygeine be an acceptible new line item to purchase? I spent $38 the other day on Dr. Bronner's soap and essential oils for house cleaning. Same idea - basic consumable household supplies: okay?
$10: lab tests for DS (obviously health)

And because I've budgetted and saved by not buying junk, I had the money to buy the tires with CASH and with money to spare!! Whee!
post #386 of 461
I just had to buy tires too, and definately think they fall under safety. I have to drive up to the mountain at min. 2 days a week, and barely avoided accidents last year even though my Subaru is AWD. I found a set on Craigslist for $225. The girl had only used them a month, and they come with a lifetime warrenty from the company(made locally) and if anything happens they go wherever you are and put on a spare, patch. etc. I def. consider that a safety purchase.
post #387 of 461
Well the Compact has been going well for me. I have only bought plants, which are in my rules of edible or native, I also buy them from local small growers. I just don't have any desire to shop, maybe it is the upcoming elections , but I want things to change in this country and if it means me not shopping I am willing to do it. I haven't really even bought anything second hand, i did get some clothes from my girlfriend that she didn't want anymore, they are great.
I really am hoping to start using public transportation in some way, but I just need a push, it is difficult to use in the city I live in, but I really want to work it in. I have gotten out of the habit of line drying my clothes, I want that habit back. I think some clothes need to be purged.
On that note I am purging the house of more and more stuff. It is getting cleared out and so much easier to take care of...

I love reading all your posts. So inspiring! And hopefull!
Love,
Kathleen
post #388 of 461
We're doing well too. I've been trying to think of when I last bought something that doesn't fall under the Compact. We went to the zoo this weekend and only paid for food--still not great, I'm working hard on reducing our fast food purchasing, but we haven't brought any new items into the house (outside of groceries) in a couple of weeks.

One thing I'm struggling with at the moment--I really want to buy warmer jammies for my toddler. We're (OK, I'm ) trying to keep the heat down lower at night, but my 4 year old refuses to wear socks and kicks her comforter off at night, and the toddler doesn't like the quilt on her either. I only have two fleece sleepers for her now, and they get foody and dirty really quickly. I'd love to get a 2-3 more blanket sleepers for her, but I'm not having any luck finding used ones. Nothing's coming up on Freecycle, and on eBay, with shipping, they're selling for as much as I could buy them for new in BRU or the Carter's outlet. Argh! I keep telling myself I can just keep washing those two sleepers, but realistically, I can't keep up with the laundry that quickly, and they'll wear out very quickly at that rate (they're already handed down ). Any suggestions?

Other than this, I'm not really even having the urge to shop. Every once in awhile the thought crosses my mind that I should run to Target to get something, and then I think about my decluttering project and the thought disappears quickly I can't even remember what it was I was feeling like I needed!
post #389 of 461
For sleepers:

They get a lot less foody and dirty if you put the child in them immediately before bed and take them off first thing in the morning. No snacks in the PJ's, no breakfast in the PJ's, and the PJ's stay clean enough to wear several nights in a row (barring big midnight pee accidents, of course).
We got through last winter with just 2 sleepers just fine.

Last night I went to Target. I bought:

Dish soap
A new tail light for my bike (old one broke; needed safety item)
A new inner tube for our bike trailer tire (maintenance item)
Tent stakes for my secondhand tent (Need if I'm going to use the tent this weekend, so bending the compact here, but...)

And that's it. In retrospect, I forgot to get one more thing we needed from there: undies for DD. We can get by a bit longer w/o more of them, though. I suppose I could look at Goodwill, but I'm picky and won't get the kind with licensed characters, so it could be slim pickings.
post #390 of 461
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Originally Posted by Ravin View Post
For sleepers:

They get a lot less foody and dirty if you put the child in them immediately before bed and take them off first thing in the morning. No snacks in the PJ's, no breakfast in the PJ's, and the PJ's stay clean enough to wear several nights in a row (barring big midnight pee accidents, of course).
We got through last winter with just 2 sleepers just fine.
I know, this is what I keep telling myself. But if I put her in regular clothes first thing, then she gets THOSE foody and stained. I'd rather she stain her sleepers than her good clothes, and that's how I end up back where I started I just found a couple pairs of boys sweats on the TP for $1 each, so I think if I use those and long sleeved shirts with a onesie underneath, that should do the trick. If not, well, then I'll have to resort to the first morning changing into play clothes, and then changing again into clean clothes if necessary later in the day (if we're going somewhere, which we usually are).

Thanks for the advice!
post #391 of 461
We must have the same children!! I have the same dilemma everyday. Although, if I never put her in her cute clothes (dd is 11 mo. old) they will never get used! It's such a connundrum, isn't it?
post #392 of 461
This is x-posted on my blog and on the email group - but I need some compacting thoughts, advice, etc:


My trip to Vancouver this past weekend with regard to The Compact: a challenge, food-wise. I thought we would be able to grocery shop and make our own food but it didn't turn out that way, at least not the first day. When we arrived, there was a potluck that evening for dinner, so we were covered - no need to find food. One of the families - our future next-door neighbors, in fact, fed us breakfast, so again, we were covered. But we decided after the first night that we were going to stay at my cousin's the next night, as the guest room at Windsong is less than soundproof and I am quite the light sleeper. So between places we were hungry and without a kitchen so we got some BAD food at Taco Time. Then my cousin hadn't had the opportunity to cook and wanted sushi, and well, have I mentioned before that sushi is significantly cheaper in Vancouver? And that both DH and I lack the ability to say no when someone says, "Let's get sushi"? Because we do. However, those two meals on Saturday were the only time we ate out. We DID go to the grocery store and get our breakfast and lunch fixings for the other two days, and on Sunday my cousin made some amazing beef ribs (organic! slow-roasted all day! delicious!) for dinner.


*editing to add that we are buying a house in BC*


The buying of the house? Totally within the Compact because though it is new to us, it's not new! Things I want to do to the house before we move in, however, may present a different kind of challenge. I want to paint, recarpet the downstairs and install hardwood floors before we move in. I've checked and the floors can be gotten easily enough on Craigslist - yay! Paint and carpet might need to be gotten new. So what to do? See, although there is a possibility of carpet remnants or seconds, I want to get a sustainable environmentally friendly carpet that doesn't offgas and comes from natural fibers. My options as far as I know are quite limited there. And paint - I want the low VOC paints that are essentially odorless and are also eco friendly. Again, needing new. Does it fit within the boundaries of the Compact as a health and safety purchase for my family?
I really want to do these things before we move in, too - it is the optimal time, before our stuff is all in there and in the way. It makes the space ours. I admit it, too - when I signed on for the Compact, I had no idea we'd be buying a house before that year was up. So what to do? Do I get them anyway?


Of course we don't have the house YET - there is still financing to be worked out, and closing to do, and a job to be acquired by MBD. I don't feel as though I am jumping the gun though, because these things are just circumstances - I have absolute faith that this is our house. Thus my decorating it already. And it is good to think about these things, because we are taking possession in February! That's not as far off as it may seem.
post #393 of 461
We've just agreed as part of our Compact that the remodel doesn't "count." At the same time, I've been trying to buy as much for it second-hand as possible. Craigslist may be good for you to find even second-hand building items. I located a local company that does home de-construction - houses that will be torn down, the company goes in and does a sale of everything down to the studs. Something like that may help for flooring, for example. (In our area, people buy nice, newer, million-dollar homes to tear down and build multi-million dollar McMansions. : )
post #394 of 461
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Originally Posted by chasmyn View Post
See, although there is a possibility of carpet remnants or seconds, I want to get a sustainable environmentally friendly carpet that doesn't offgas and comes from natural fibers. My options as far as I know are quite limited there. And paint - I want the low VOC paints that are essentially odorless and are also eco friendly. Again, needing new. Does it fit within the boundaries of the Compact as a health and safety purchase for my family?
IMO, yes, it does. If living in such a manner is a priority for you, then I would totally consider it a health and safety purchase.
post #395 of 461
And here we have the reason my DD eats breakfast in her underwear or her altogether. She usually needs a quick wipe-down with a rag before getting dressed, but skin cleans up much more easily than clothes!

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Originally Posted by melissel View Post
I know, this is what I keep telling myself. But if I put her in regular clothes first thing, then she gets THOSE foody and stained. I'd rather she stain her sleepers than her good clothes, and that's how I end up back where I started I just found a couple pairs of boys sweats on the TP for $1 each, so I think if I use those and long sleeved shirts with a onesie underneath, that should do the trick. If not, well, then I'll have to resort to the first morning changing into play clothes, and then changing again into clean clothes if necessary later in the day (if we're going somewhere, which we usually are).

Thanks for the advice!
post #396 of 461
Chasmyn, I have some leftover low/no VOC paint that you might be able to get coloured. It's the colours that add the VOCs. I'm in Vancouver. Just PM me if you are interested.

Don't have many leads on carpets, but if you're keen on wood, there are places in Vancouver to get reused hardwoods. I have links! See Lighthouse, Sustainability Building Centre......
post #397 of 461
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Originally Posted by widemouthedfrog View Post
Chasmyn, I have some leftover low/no VOC paint that you might be able to get coloured. It's the colours that add the VOCs. I'm in Vancouver. Just PM me if you are interested.

Don't have many leads on carpets, but if you're keen on wood, there are places in Vancouver to get reused hardwoods. I have links! See Lighthouse, Sustainability Building Centre......
Wow, wow!!! PMing you!
post #398 of 461
Thread Starter 
We're still pluggin away. It's been a crazy busy couple of weeks for me and I can hardly keep my head above the water.

DH had a compacting "oops" moment this weekend. We were visiting friends this weekend and DH took the car to get gas and to pick up some food at the grocery store. He came back with a baby gate from a hardware store too. We've been so good too since we started this! The worst part was that as we were driving home we drove past a charity-run thrift shop and sitting out in front was the exact same baby gate DH had just purchased!

Oh well!
post #399 of 461
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He came back with a baby gate from a hardware store too. We've been so good too since we started this! The worst part was that as we were driving home we drove past a charity-run thrift shop and sitting out in front was the exact same baby gate DH had just purchased!

Oh well!
So...you returned the gate to the hardware store and bought the used one, right?
post #400 of 461
Thread Starter 
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So...you returned the gate to the hardware store and bought the used one, right?
Sort of ... we bought the used one and will be returning the new one to the hardware store this weekend (it's in the next town over and we don't drive there very often.)

Sometimes you don't even think about buying, and that's disturbing!
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