I love actsofsharing.com, where you can share all your stuff with your friends. I’ve been using this quite a bit and I think it’s great for many reasons, one of them being the organization of sharing. How many times have you gone to lend a book or a movie to a friend, only to realize that you lent it out a while back, but you can’t remember who you lent it to? I do that all the time. My neighbor asked for her movie back about a week ago. I had it, for about a year, and I had no recollection of borrowing it.
I decided if this sharing thing is going to be part of our lives, we need to have an organized system of borrowing and lending. I decided to set up a bin for all of the small things like books and movies. This way, I can keep up with the borrowed stuff and I have a place to make a pile of my “stuff to lend”. This way I won’t lose anything by keeping it all in one place.
We have an Ikea plastic bin in the living room to keep everything in. So far the system is working well. More intentional sharing means saving money, owning less stuff and building more community. Gotta love it.