All I Want for Christmas is a Com-post-er, a Com-post-er!

With the new year upon us, I would like to take a minute to review a few of my favorites from last year. I’m talking about gifts.  For me, 2016 brought a new appreciation for life.  I started to look at things differently.  I began searching for used items when in need of something or looking to rent/borrow when at all possible.  I found myself looking into what books are at the local library, rather than buying the new that I wanted to read straight from Amazon.  I also initiated a hold-out period when wanting to buy something.  Basically, I put it on a list and after few weeks, if I still wanted the item, I would then consider buying it.

For my birthday, I received a “used” TRX suspension trainer from my sister.  And I was delighted!! My sister thought it was so weird and actually mentioned she felt strange giving me something that was used, but I quickly let her know that it was exactly what I wanted.  Apparently, my brother-in-law bought it a few years ago when he was certain that he would use it for his work-outs.  I think the TRX only saw the light of day a handful of times, before returning back to the box and getting placed somewhere in their garage.  I had wanted a TRX to add to my home gym, since I had always liked using them at the high-cost gym I used to attend.  I did some research and realized that these are actually quite expensive and was quite sure that I wouldn’t get one as a gift.  But gloriously, my sister had one laying around that they weren’t using.  A) It was free for them! B) It allowed them to get rid of something just taking up space  C) I felt great about it since I wasn’t purchasing something newly made and contributing to the consumeristic status and waste.  I still smile every time I see it and use it.  And I definitely think that I have already used it more than it was previously.

Then Christmas rolled around.  Call me crazy, but all I really wanted was a composter.  A couple of years ago, my mother had gotten one and I gave her so much grief about it.  At that point, I thought it was so strange, but yet this was before I developed my minimalism/sustainablistic attitude.  Over the past couple months, I had realized how much green waste we had been throwing away and it really began to irk me.  Plus, since we had started a garden, I began to realize how valuable this “waste” was and wanted to do something about it.  I knew just who to ask. Like mother, like daughter right? Well Mama Santa listened and placed a beautiful tumbling composter beneath (well actually next to since it didn’t fit) the tree.  It was perfect! I couldn’t wait to start using it.

Although most people would consider me crazy for being excited about a used TRX and a composter, I was tremendously excited.  But I know that you guys would understand my excitement and therefore I couldn’t help but share this with you.  Who else has gotten this excited about something so utterly odd? Please share so we can appreciate and relish this together.


  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach January 11, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    You will have to let me know how you like it! I’ve been considering getting one. Also, where do you get brown material around these parts? That’s one big question I have!

    • Mrs WoW January 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      I absolutely LOVE it so far! It is super easy, has already made a drastic change in the amount of waste just thrown away and I feel that we are making positive change, albeit small, for the environment. I used some brown material from our yard. Let me know if you need some, I will gladly share.

    • Mr WoW January 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Also, as for the brown material…. take a look around, I bet there are some old Xmas trees sitting on the street corner.

  • Erik February 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    We have had a similar composter for several years now. All our green waste goes in it which drastically reduces our kitchen trash. For brown we collect bags of leaves in the fall and use them until the next year. Takes a little planning but is super simple. The results are a great amendment to our garden soil. We love it.

    • Mrs WoW February 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      I love the idea of saving stuff from the fall. I have started picking up brown material when I go on walks around the neighborhood; there are always branches and leaves around. Plus I have started adding other stuff like egg cartons, newspaper and paper from the shredder for even more brown. Haven’t had it long enough to be able to use it in our soil, but totally looking forward to the day that I can.

  • Suzanne May 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Newspapers and paper towels are great brown items, if you have them!

    • Mrs WoW May 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Agreed! I don’t tend to have a lot of them, but my neighbor gave me a huge box full of newspapers that I can pull from when needed.

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