About 9 months ago our microwave died. It just stopped working, and instead of buying a new one we just learned to live without it. I have more space on my countertop, and we are far less likely to eat unhealthy convenience foods. It turned out to be a great thing!
Then 6 months ago our ice maker stopped working. I'm pretty sure it just needs a new water filter, but instead of replacing it we just started using ice cube trays. It's annoying, but cheaper than a new water filter (Which after 6 months is really a lame excuse not to have a new water filter. We have the money. We're just lazy).
Then 2 months ago, I decided to stop using my clothes dryer. It still works. I just decided that I would hang all our clothes outside on the line and save myself money on our electric bill (money which I could use to buy a new water filter, if I wasn't so lazy). Some weeks are harder than others, like when it rains all week, but most of the time I really enjoy it.
Then 3 weeks ago my hair dryer broke. The heating element stopped getting hot, and let me tell you, cold air does not dry hair very efficiently.
Now because I highly value consistency and not spending money on things I don't need, I decided to see what life without a hair dryer is like. With these few simple rules in place I managed to make it almost a month without drying my hair.
1. Wash your hair early in the day. Preferably before you hang your clothes on the line (sun dried hair).
2. Get used to having wet hair in public. This is especially useful if you frequently forget to wash your hair until it's time to walk out the door.
3. Wear a ponytail. Dirty or wet, no one really cares if it's in a ponytail.
OR you could just buy a new hair dryer, which is what I finally did.
Nice, New, Shiny, and worth the $20 it costs to have dry hair at the touch of a button. Now we know. Microwave? No. Hair Dryer? Absolutely.
What normal conveniences or appliances do you live without? Anything you wouldn't want to give up?