The Compact

Only a few days left, and we will be hauling box after box and miserably heavy pieces of furniture from storage unit to diesel truck to new home. After which, we will be wading through mountains of posessions and tunneling out a path to the bathroom and kitchen.

In the last few weeks, I have come across a group of individuals now known as “compacters.” During 2006, they made a vow to buy NOTHING new. An article can be found here.

The Compact has several aims (more or less prioritized below):

To go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of disposable consumer culture and to support local businesses, farms, etc. — a step that, we hope, inherits the revolutionary impulse of the Mayflower Compact.
To reduce clutter and waste in our homes (as in trash Compact-er).
To simplify our lives (as in Calm-pact)
We’ve agreed to follow two principles (see exceptions etc. on our blog).

#1 Don’t buy new products of any kind (from stores, web sites, etc.)
#2 Borrow, barter, or buy used.

And so, ladies and gentleman, B and I have decided to join in the fun for 2007. Our personal reasons/goals for this decision are as follows:

1. To reduce clutter in our new home and to provide more living space, thus reducing chaos, uncleanliness, and stress.
This will be accomplished by selling or donating any items that we do not use regularly.

2. To save money and pay off debt. Our hope is that any profit made from selling off our posessions will make it possible to become debt free by 2008. Our refusal to buy new should also greatly minimize spending and allow us to continue to survive on one income.

3. To simplify our lives and allow us to focus more attention on our children. We have too many ‘things’ that take us away from quality family time (i.e. this computer!) We also have lost the ability to find pleasure in simplicity, and our hope is to reclaim this for ourselves and our boys.

4. To curb consumerism and commercialism in our children by refusing to hook up cable television, shopping new, and by doing what we can to “live green.” (Recycling, reusing, and by becoming ecologically responsible.)

I’ve been planning a second blog for the sole purpose of documenting our journey. However, my digital camera has bit the dust, and until I can find someone to fix it, or I can find a good used cam, the blogging plans have been put on hold.

Happy New Year everyone–and wish us luck!

Oh, and P.S: B’s also on a mission to quit smoking for yet another New Year’s resolution. Wish HIM even more luck!

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1 Response to “The Compact”


  1. 1 Jewel December 27, 2006 at 8:34 pm

    Well the smoking thing is gonna be hard B, but I know you can do it. If I did it then you totally can. And good luck on your quest to live happier and healthier as a family unit. I wish you nothing but happiness. I know that it will be hard starting out but just keep with it. It will be hardest on the boys, but it can be done. I love you all.


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