Only 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, however they own 40% of the toys consumed globally (UCLA). This astonishing fact speaks to the simple idea that Americans own too much stuff. It seems as though every year Americans continue to consume more. Even though the average American home size has tripled over the past 50 years (NPR), still 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (The Times).
In an increasingly materialistic culture, it’s important to take a step back and think about what really is important. Millennials are leading the push for valuing experiences over material objects (MSNBC). Do you remember opening up your fifth iPhone, or do you remember that vacation you took with family when you white water rafted through the Grand Canyon? This importance shift away from objects will be what helps out America’s huge stuff problem.
At this time every year, people reflect on another year gone by – looking at both the good things that have happened as well as the things that need to change going forward into the next year. This year is no different.
Taking a look at how much stuff we actually own, coupled with these astonishing facts, this year it’s important to make some changes. Not only is lessening our consumption of objects liberating, less expensive, and good for the environment, but it can also save you some serious cash.
So I invite you, to take a look at all the stuff cluttering your house AND your psyche, and do something about it. Make money off that surfboard that hasn’t seen sunshine in 3 years and those skis that haven’t touched snow since 2006.
With the emergence of the Sharing Economy, we are able to consume less and put the objects that we do own to work for us by sharing them with others!
One solution to this stuff problem is Toyroom, an online peer-to-peer rental marketplace for adventure items (kayaks, snowboards, drones, etc.). With Toyroom, anyone can make money on the items they have laying around collecting dust AND inexpensively and conveniently rent rides from other users who are a part of the Toyroom community.
Listing an item that you own on Toyroom takes 3 minutes, and is completely free. So unlike going to the gym every day, there is no excuse for creating passive income for yourself by capitalizing on objects that you already own that are collecting dust.
Also, instead of using expensive and time-consuming rental shops next time you take a trip, search the ride you’re in need of and try out Toyroom for all of your rental needs. After all, the last thing we all need is more stuff and we all know that renting is cheaper than buying.
So I invite you this New Year, skip the trip to the mall and chase an experience. Consuming less is a New Year’s Resolution that all of us should follow.
Check out Toyroom here.
Thanks to: The Minimalist for helping out with the Stats