As a mother on a budget I am always trying to find ways to save. The first on my list is taking care of what I already have. Does that me more cleaning? Yes, but it also means less spending. We had this couch that I conditioned weekly because it was the most expensive thing we'd ever purchased. My husband swore up and down that he was not going to move that huge couch another time, and I said why would we ever buy a new one if we don't have to? Well, he won that fight, because we had to ditch most of our belongings when we moved from California to Washington. But, we did sell that couch for a pretty penny, and the new owner sent us a picture of it in her living room, which it appeared to be made for. Sort of odd that I felt such pride that the new couch found such a good home, but also that we were able to pay for gas and food on the road trip to Washington because I conditioned that couch every weekend.
Taking care of what you own isn't just about cleaning. My son (like all other toddlers) is the king of destruction. I am a very poor seamstress but that doesn't stop me from sewing up the holes in his stuffed animals, taking apart his toys and putting them back together or repurposing one toy as something else. Let's face it, he's going to be bored more and more easily and be less and less impressed with repaired toys as he ages, and I have a unique window to save now.
In an article (yet another for my smugness in caring for my things) from Fast Company; Catherine Crawford outlines the ideals of the similarly minded Jaime Facciola, the Founder of "Repair Revolution," an organization formed in opposition to the "out with the old, in with the new" mentality of modern consumerism.
She's trying to revolutionize the Repair Shop, and modernize it. Take it from the odds and ends parlor for the antiquated male and make it a Repair Café, a place for artisanal and skilled craftsmen, & technological minded and women to work and a place take your things and get them repaired rather than buying the new, debt inducing, pollution creating device.