So now that the new website is finally up, I wanted to make a new blog post. I wanted to talk about what might be termed the Tradenauts “lifestyle”. What do I mean by lifestyle? Do I mean that you are going to put everything you own up for trade and see what you get in return? No, if you want to do that I would not advise it, but I am talking about something else here. I am talking about the benefits and the change you can see in your life if you try the trading lifestyle.
The first benefit I can think of is the monetary aspect. I mentioned in my previous blog post how our modern day lives expect more out of us monetarily, with relatively the same amount of income as previous generations had. Therefore trading could benefit us in getting new things without having to spend a lot of money. This I think is very important, but I had mentioned it before so while very important I think some of the other benefits I am talking about might be more personal.
A major benefit that is more tied to our wellbeing would be the issue of clutter. I think it is fair to say that it is common for people to have way more things than they need. I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has things that I wasn’t even aware I had, or things that I haven’t used in years. So why do we have it? Because we might someday need it? That may be true for some things, but for a lot of things, it probably isn’t. You probably have a lot of stuff you don’t use that’s just taking up space in your house, things that don’t add any value to your life, but are just there. So if you have it and are not using it, why not trade it for something that you might need, and that thing that you had that was collecting dust for years would probably get put to good use by someone who needs it.
This issue of clutter can be connected to a recent, but growing, movement called minimalism, which I want to touch upon in more detail in a future blog post. In essence minimalism calls for removing the clutter in your life that doesn’t add any value to it, in order to focus on the more important things in your life. I am not trying to convince you to become a minimalist, but I think that everyone can do with less things, so maybe this website can help you get rid of a couple of things that do not add anything to your life. And if you are already adhering to the minimalist lifestyle, or if you are trying minimalism out, then I think this website offers something for you too. It offers a good way for you to get rid of things you don’t use anymore, where they will be put to use instead of just thrown away. And if you feel guilty of getting new things, then maybe you can trade for something you like, by trading something you just don’t use anymore.
The last benefit I can think of is less personal, and more tied to our world. I think everyone is aware that we as a society generate a lot of waste. In 2013 Americans generated about 254 million tons of waste, about 4.40 pounds of trash per person per day. I’m sure that when most of you need something you go out and buy it brand new, because that is what I normally do. You might buy it brand new, use it a couple of times, and then forget you even had it, and probably end up throwing it out one day, adding to that waste we generate. But what if instead of buying it brand new, you just trade for it? In that case you are receiving it from someone who probably doesn’t use it anymore, and would probably throw out, so by trading for it that item is not going to waste. And if you get to the point where you don’t use it anymore, you can trade it again. It does not mean that we get rid of all the waste and end up producing zero pounds of waste, but every little bit helps.
So these are some of the few of many benefits I can think of when it comes to trading. I hope that the more you try the trading lifestyle the more benefits you see from it. And if you can think of more, then I’d love to hear from you!