02/11/2015

CONSUME | no furniture bill challenge



issue no. 1:
i moved again. (to the 7th room in 2015)
i paid the deposit and the first rent; and now i'm supposed to pay for all the new furniture.
i don't have that much money (to spend on something i'll have to give away few months later) though.

issue no. 2:
furniture waste.
it's a huge issue all around the world (of which i know a lot since my classmates made a whole project about it and my current uni project is in collab with IKEA whose sustainability manager addressed the issue too) - tons of unwanted furniture gets thrown away and changed for cheap, temporary pieces every day.

solution:
in Denmark, people tend to simply leave their 'old' (= still looking almost perfect) furniture on the streets
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i can just walk around and try to find some nice pieces to bring to my new home
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my bank account will be spared any excessive money withdrawing

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so,
in order to save both the planet and my wallet, i'm taking a pledge / conducting an experiment:
i will try to furnish my new dorm with found furniture only.
i won't buy any items at cheap chain stores; and if i'm in a real need of a certain piece, i will buy it second hand.

here's what was already in my new room:
1 table i want to replace (it's ugly blue), 2 lamps (both in bad condition), ugly curtains i want to replace, shelves, in-built wardrobe, an ugly shower curtain i want to replace

i really, really need to find the following things:
a desk (white / black / nice wood), at least one chair
what i wish to find lying in the garbage is:
wooden palettes (= bed frame), a wooden / glass board (= notice board above my desk) a desk / standing lamp, extra chairs, an armchair / small sofa, random decor
and i have already found:
a cute baby pink Ikea side table (literally 5 mins after moving in)

of course, you cannot find everything on the streets, so i actually still need to splurge some cash to make this place look aaah-key.
things i have already purchased:
a mattress + cover, a blanket, a pillow, a towel, a candle, a toilet brush (all from IKEA, because, ahem, they were cheap and i needed them asap)
things i have brought from CZ:
a light bulb (which broke down already) + chord, 2 hangers, an alarm clock, bedsheets, a basket, a metal box, some decor (e.g. a tiny skull, a miniature of a disco ball), 1 plate + 1 bowl + 1 cup + 1 glass
and to decorate my room / organise my things, i'll re-use old bottles, cans, boxes etc. and use fresh edible herbs instead of regular plants.
in case i really need something more (curtains, kitchen utensils, lamps, flower pots), i'll buy it second hand or from a local sustainable shop EcoEgo.
(and i'll try to keep away from all the cheap home decor stores like Tiger or Søstrene Grene* to avoid supporting production of unsustainable, unethical and low quality products)
*i'm already admitting that i'll probably buy some clothes hangers from there ('cause they're supercheap yet still nice), but i'll check out a few second hand stores at first!

let's see how it goes.
should be fun!

1 comment:

ain't got time for your hate / no giveway or any promotions / THANKS FOR YOUR NICE WORDS.