Do you have a job that needs doing around the house that you need one specific tool for? Once you have finished that job are you likely to need that tool again? Or, are you going to an event where you want a new frock or suit for, but are unlikely to wear it after? Well instead of buying a tool or a new outfit, have you thought about borrowing or renting instead?
Many of us own a great number of items, most that only sees the light of day once in a blue moon! Instead of adding another “thing” to this number, instead look to borrowing from friends, neighbors, family. If you are unable to do this, or they do not have what you need you can see if local places will rent you their particular item or equipment. This often as a lot more affordable than buying new.
While you might feel uncomfortable asking family and friends to borrow things often, doing so actually makes a lot of sense. There are many benefits of borrowing. Firstly, not buying something comes with the obvious advantage of not having to spend money on something you’ll rarely use. Second, not buying every tool and gadget under the sun allows you to decrease clutter and simplify your life (which also has a flow on effect to helping the environment).
The key to reduce this feeling of uncomfortable-ness is to be willing to loan out your useful items as well. It is also crucial to treat other people’s property with utmost care and respect.
Think about borrowing:
- Cleaning equipment (carpet cleaners etc.)
- Furniture (especially tables and chairs if you are only going to need them for one meal)
- Sports equipment
Sharing and lending items could even be the start of a positive relationship between neighbors! So next time you need to water blast your patio, or need a few extra chairs to accommodate a big family dinner, pop next door to see if you can borrow your neighbors!