There have been many changes in the last year or so and one of them is how our economy works in the United States. We are now an eCommerce based country and that is because of all the local regulations due to COVID-19. It is 2021 and we are just passed our state lockdown laws. But as always they are saying they should come back. Clearly it didn’t work last time and yet that is the first thing they want to do again? Work has mostly gone back to normal but it is still stressful to out and shop. There are many rules and regulations that have happened and that are still in place. This means that with it being so crazy outside we are buying more through online retailers. E-commerce is becoming our main shopping center and it has caused some extra areas of stress that we didn’t have last year. Now we have so many packages piling up we don’t know what to do.
How many packages are getting delivered to your door per day? We get at least two a day. This means that our goods are sitting outside in the heat and weather and even open to people simply walking up and taking them. This leaves me and my wife with lots of stress. It is hard to think about hundreds of dollars of items getting delivered and sitting unsafe outside our home for hours on end. Really it does bother me and causes me a large amount of anxiety which makes working harder. It is the little things like this that really make the whole situation simply awful. I don’t like the regulations or being forced to purchase online. It has caused so much social anxiety in the country it makes me sick.
The change in our ability to get rid of the cardboard boxes is the real problem. The purchasing habits that we now have are really unfortunate. It costs extra in our neighborhood to recycle. This is because our trash is private and not government-run. The cost to recycle means extra money per month and also I have to purchase a 200 dollar trashcan or rent one. Either way, it costs a lot of extra money and I simply do not want to pay it. With the economy the way it is I am simply unable to pay for it. So now our garage is filled with cardboard boxes because I am only allowed to use so many cans each week.
What was the answer to this? Really, I have to take extra time each week to go and break down the boxes. It is partially unsafe because I am not able to do it by hand. Some of them are very hard and simply I don’t want to strain myself. This has led me to use knives in order to break them down and make them small enough to fit them into the bags. I first used scissors but they dulled quickly and left blisters on my hand. I had to move to a fixed blade knife to get through them all.
This is not something I like doing either. I know it is simply a waste to trash all these paper products and I am contributing to the waste our society is so well known for. I hope the regulations in our State end soon because they seem to be just making our lives worse.