Cherishing our Possessions
I think that cherishing and maintaining my possessions is another important part of my minimalistic journey.
This was one of the first lessons I learned from my parents. It doesn’t matter if the thing is something as small as a t-shirt or as big and expensive as a television. We were taught to take care of our belongings.
In today’s “disposable” society, we aren’t encouraged to use, re-use and preserve. We are encouraged to buy, buy, buy – being bombarded with advertisements of how every new gadget is designed to improve our life (Umm, have you seen that “Slap Chop” commercial?!).
If we took better care of our belongings, we probably don’t need to buy as many new things to replenish or replace what we have.
This father’s day, my sisters and I bought our dad a new Sharp LCD 32″ television because our existing televisions was sputtering at the end of its service life. My dad first bought that television in 1999. The television I have in my apartment must be from 1995, and it still works great. Little things, such as cleaning it, not spilling things on it, moving carefully – they all add to the longevity of your possessions.
When we take care of our possessions and put effort into maintaining and prolonging its service life, we can buy less. We use less resources, and can save our money for things and experiences that really matter and add quality to our lives.
What do you think? What are some examples of your possessions that you put effort into maintaining?