Low Impact Life Series #5

The Low Impact Life series is a way to capture what it actually looks like to live a frugal low impact life. From my point of view it feels like it isn’t much different from living a “normal” life but I thought that it might be fun sharing aspects of my life that maybe stray somewhat from norm for inspiration and tips. So I will share a post every Saturday with short frugal or low impact tips that I do in my own life.

This week the Low Impact Life Series takes us to the market for renting things. A while ago I put up some of my things on a site where people can rent things from each other. There are some different sites but I ended up choosing the site Hygglo because it looked like a serious website and has good system for managing the process of renting and paying. To decide what to put up I started to think about things that we own that other people might want to use once or twice but don’t want to have to buy. I put up my ball gown that I used when I was studying and actually went to balls, my camera and my hiking trousers that are too big and that I haven’t been able to sell. All of these items are something that you might need if your going to one ball gown apropriate event, or want to take good pictures for a day/week or if you are going hiking once but don’t necessarily want to buy. I am also thinking of putting up my horseback riding gear and my long distance skates. I looked around at others who were renting out similar things to see what price they had set. Then you wait. Since my things are just laying around the house anyways I might as well have them available on the site to see if someone wants to rent them.

This week I got to rent my camera out for three days! It was an architect that wanted it for photographing some buildings that he has drawn. The whole process was really easy, there are different stages in the app where I first approve the days that he wanted to rent and he payed the money into a holding account. We arranged a time for him to pick the camera up and when I got the camera back the money was released into my account. I think this is a great way to earn some extra money from the things that you already own but don’t use that often. Letting others use your things also makes you detach from them somewhat which is good. People often place too much emotional attachment to physical things.

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