In the last couple of weeks we have had our vacuum cleaner and clothes dryer break. At first I did not think I could move on. Is the another way to get the dirt off the floor? I have realized how much I rely on that little plug in the wall. So many things that we do everyday require us to plug them in, including the computer I am writing this on. But have you every stopped to think about what you could “unplug” and “do things the old fashion way”? So in the last two weeks I have unplugged my clothes dryer, my coffee maker and my vacuum cleaner. It has taken a while to get used to it, but I think I like it better this way. I make my coffee every morning using a tea pot and a coffee press. The coffee has amazing flavor and I can reuse the grounds for afternoon ice coffee. I do not miss my coffee maker at all and I do not think that I am going to go back anytime soon, if ever again.
The next thing I changed was I stopped vacuuming. This has been difficult. We have 4 cats and 2 dogs…hair is a major part of my life…it is everywhere. The good thing is I have hardwood floors and I am able to sweep up most of the hair. My challenges have been area rugs, furniture and dusting. I never realized how much I “dust” with the vacuum cleaner. So I have gone back to using a duster, and beating my rugs and pillows outside. I am still looking for ways to get the hair and sand out of the couch if you have any suggestions, but all and all, I am getting along fine without the vacuum.
Last thing that I unplugged was my dryer. Well, it kind of unplugged itself. It stopped drying, my husband can fix it but the parts cost as much as another used dryer. I decided to try and go the rest of the summer without it. To help support me, my wonderful husband built me a clothes line out of pallet parts. It is wonderful! It is almost 200 feet of drying area, I love the location in the yard and my sheets feel and smell great. We also have a small stand style clothes rack in the basement for the things I don’t want to air dry in-front of the neighborhood. Between the two I feel that all of my clothes drying needs are met. My husband calculated that we will save $30 a month by not using the dryer…I am excited about that! I am going to use that money to support a child through World Vision.
So far I am enjoying unplugging things. I challenge you, what could you do “the old fashion way”? What could you unplug?