Friday, 20 December 2013

Unused Objects.

Every unused object we own costs us £1 a year. Many of own thousands of such things.
Simplify and make things multi purpose where possible. The photo shows us that our ancestors did this. The inscription is a will posted on a church wall. It shows how a dead parishioners money will be spent. In this way the donor is respected and her money is used with a transparency that is unknown today.
This may seem surprising but let us imagine a spare bottle of shampoo sitting on the side of your bath. It is costing you money in all of the following ways.

Depreciation- the product will deteriorate over time or become outdated.

Capital costs- if you had not bought it then the money would have been used for other purposes.

The object requires attention (dusting, sorting and so on). It becomes a time drain.

Physical clutter often leads to mental clutter and stress. This leads to depression and loss of vital energies.


  1. One thing I am considering, in regard to prepping, is things I have learned that contribute to sustainability.

    I worked for two summers as a professional beekeeper, for example. And I now understand that industry at least enough to sustain hives probably better than the average amateur.

    I also know I can maintain at least 50 hives on a small portion of land, produce probably at least 40lbs of honey per hive (conservatively - we did 70lbs), and sell it again, conservatively, for $5/lb. (We sold it for $4 over a decade ago). That is cheaper than you can buy it in a grocery store.

    But also, I could make nice gifts of the honey, and also the beeswax candles, or medicinal tinctures from propolis.... would do great to making friendly neighbours.

    I think there is great value in this kind of thinking.

    Same as, ahem, making hooch.

    I helped a friend of mine, several years ago, set up a shine outfit on his 160acre property. It was so so. But, it also only costs about $3 to make a 2 litre bottle of hooch!

    A bit of practice... better taste, know what I mean?

    Think about how popular you would be with the neighbours if you brought along a 2litre bottle of hooch, which only cost you $1.50 to make, while they invite you over again and again and again!

  2. You touch upon an interesting point. In any post collapse situation western societies are likely to revert to third world social networks. Right now we can work for people we hardly know and still receive a payment each month from other people we do not know at head office. Post collapse this will be risky so we will work with those we trust. This involves a great deal of socialising to keep in touch with our tribe or extended networks.

    Small gifts may be helpful in this process- but only post collapse in the recovery period. We must not appear weak and sometimes one gift creates the expectation of another.


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