In the past seven years, I’ve moved seven times. After the third time packing up all of my things, I began to see the value in being a minimalist. I see minimalism as an excellent answer to consumerism. The raging consumerism in our society is bad for our souls, our environment and our pocketbooks. At the same time I don’t like to feel like I’m missing out. Enter Joymode.
Joymode members participate in the sharing economy. They can reserve equipment for backyard movie nights, camping trips, or even something as practical as a carpet deep cleaner — all gear that is useful, but seldom used, and difficult to store. The membership itself comes out to $8.25/month, and in the camping example, for $75 you can rent out a four person tent, an outdoor solar shower, a jambox speaker, 2 camp chairs, a 50 qt cooler, a portable phone charger, an LED camping lantern, a headlamp, a thick outdoor blanket, 2 sleeping pads and Cards Against Humanity. For people who don’t camp very often or have place to store all of that equipment, that is a STEAL.
I love the variety of items you have to choose from. For instance, you may not know this about me, but I love video games (specifically Nintendo video games!) just as much as I love camping. I had the very first NES as a kid, and I continued to buy their systems throughout my child and adult life, until I recently stopped after the Wii. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Mario and Zelda, but I only have so much time in a day, and until we have kids I won’t be able to justify investing in a whole new system and games. That’s why I’m super excited for the Nintendo Switch experience. For $45 I can rent the new Nintendo Switch along with 5 games (including Zelda: Breath of the Wild YAY) and play for a weekend.
For St Patrick’s Day this year we borrowed a bunch of fun party equipment from Joymode and invited our friends to come play. The Snapchat spectacles were a huge hit since most people hadn’t tried them yet, as were the party staples like the beer pong table, margarita maker, and the karaoke machine. Also never underestimate the power of a bubble machine to entertain twenty-somethings.
Check out all our photos from that night below, and in case you’re wondering, all of the gorgeous party decorations are from my talented friend Jess of Paper Fox LA. If you decide to test out a Joymode membership (it’s free for 30 days) sign up here and please use my husband’s code: JOSEPH957718 so we can get a bonus toward a new experience 🙂 Thanks friends!
Party equipment provided by Joymode
Photos by William Deans
Party decor by Paper Fox LA