As you may know, I am interested in cohousing. My two best friends and I are planning to either join a cohousing community, or create a mini one of our own in retirement. However, right now Sue lives in Orlando and Bill lives a few suburbs away from me.
Bill and I took a mini-step towards our cohousing ideal yesterday when we jointly bought a shredder. He needs one. I need one. We live in separate towns. But really, how often do you REALLY have to shred things? For me the big need is in January, when I go through all my files and clean things out. Most of the papers go into the recycling, but I don’t want to just recycle the financial papers. Sometimes I just burn them in the fireplace, but this year as I got ambitious and even cleared out the archives in the basement I had a whole big Tupperware bin filled with financial papers from years back.
I’ve been looking for more opportunities to share resources, to create community, to live more lightly on the earth. Honestly, a shredder seemed a stretch in some ways, but I DO feel there’s sufficient craziness afoot that ensuring one’s financial documents aren’t retrievable makes sense. So sharing the shredder with Bill seemed a step in the right direction.
I’ve also talked about sharing a snowblower with my neighbors Pete & Julie. So far we’ve opted to either tough it out (Pete all the time, me with lighter snows) or hire out (me for snows over 3″, Pete for snowpocalypses like we had last year).
I’ll be writing soon on the Transition Town network and other ideas for creating positive change in terms of sustainability and living more lightly on the earth.
A shared shredder is a small thing – but I believe big change is best achieved one personal, small step at a time.
Tell us about the resources you share with others – or ones you could share. What’s your “mini cohousing”/sustainability/living lightly success story? I really want to know!