I guess that I do not do my part to stimulate the economy. I find that there are many things in our house that I rarely replace. I am sure that there are nicer, newer, better working, etc. items that I could get.
I love to move things around, add new accessories and so on. But.... I just realized that the sheets currently on our bed were my DH's when I first met him!!!! That was 40 years ago !!!! Of course I alternate 3 or 4 sets when changing the sheets, but still ....
Does anyone else do this???
I am the same way! I will see something and realize how old it is, but that I am quite happy to still be using it.
I was thinking just this weekend how my bedroom really needs to be painted, and my coverlet and pillowcases are showing wear and tear. But I am so happy with them... I was wondering how will I replace them?(I made them). I suppose I will be posing that question here in the coming months!
As long as an item brings me joy, I don't replace.
However, broken items don't bring me joy. Sometimes threadbare items don't bring me joy (towels and washrags come to mind). And so forth.
There are times that I am sooooo bored with seeing something I will replace it (back to it no longer bringing me joy). Dishes come to mind, here. I get bored eating on the same set for all 3 meals, snacks, etc. for years.
But, just to go out and buy... nah, I don't like shopping that much!!!
As long as I'm happy with it, for whatever reason, I tend to just hang on to it.
I rotate some of the things I use most often like towels, dishes, bedding and accessories between three sets...spring/summer, fall/winter, and Christmas. That practice helps to keep me from getting bored with my decor and gives me incentive to clean and tidy the linen closet and the cabinets at least twice per year.
Although I probably would be surprised if I knew the dollar total spent by me in household furnishings I do think it is very low.
No, I do not replace things. I get attached to things and have a hard time parting with them. Also I am not in a situation where I could easily afford to do that and also I would not like to do that.
I have a lot of things in almost every category. Right now I seem to have a surfeit of chairs! Wooden, armless chairs. Also some wooden ones with arms. Think I'll count them up!
My three girls are after me to do something to the walls in my bedroom- they are blue/white stripe with blue/mauve border,very,very dated- but I love it and would hate to have to take it down and I would have no idea what to replace it with.
Now---if I had a pantry I would have quite a few sets of dishes and bake ware.
Last week I was looking at my gross pot holders. I only have 4 and they are old, worn, and just plain ugly. They were all wedding, shower gifts from 32 yrs. ago.Well used, I'd say. I just replaced them the other day with nice, pretty, new ones and gave the old ones to DH to use for the outdoor grill. I have about 6 or 7 sets of sheets for our bed. I have a bedding 'thing', lol. Anyway, I have a lot of nice sheet sets, some costing a pretty penny. So a couple of weeks ago I pulled out a very old set from at least 10 yrs. ago. They are baby blue sheets from Target. They have a low thread count and cost 39. I thought I had gotten rid of them long ago. Just for fun, I washed them, put them on our bed, as they match the quilt that is being used right now. Do you know what? they are the softest, most comfy, sweetest sheets I own! I am not replacing these, I just wish I could get more in different colors, lol! The only other things I replace are dead appliances and items that are just plain worn out. I have a towel 'thing' too, and every 4 or 5 yrs. I replace all the towels, ours and the guest towels. I volunteer at our Humane Society and they always appreciate the used towels.
I add to existing items over the years but don't replace something just because 'trends' say so...LOL
I have some Target sheets about 15 yrs old and they are divinely soft...it'll be sooo sad if they give out. Supposedly, they are Egytian cotton, but only cost 30-40 bucks for a king set...best sheets I've ever had.
A lot of my acessories just get moved around, cahnged with seasons, etc. so they don't get replaed. Seldom replace bedding, towels, and such, just find new uses if I change colors, and donate towels to animal rescue if I change colors in bathrooms.
A big waste is replacing totally workable appliances. we don't do that,,BUT have replaced almost everything in this house..It is a cheaply built southern California trat house-(about all you can get here unless you want to live in a crowded, high crime rate area, or have at least a million dollars to spend on a house. So this house had awful carpet, first thing replaed with hardwood, Then rotted decking, ugly totaly non energy efficient windows, ugly wood non energy efficient garage doors, cottage cheese celings, ugly open stairway, ugly floor to celing mirrored walls, mirrored closet doors, horrible fake cheep wood cabiets in bathrooms and kithen, old stove in kitchen that the burners were popped up, wall oven that didn bake very well, AND the house was only 12 years old at the time..Almost everything has been replaced and it is finally lookijng more like a livable house..Such a waste to build something with such poor quality EVERYTHING..AND we are concerned with land fills and such!!!
Just because something is old is no reason IMO to replace it as I like old things. However, I want things to work properly, don't like chipped dishes, and occasionally want a change. I probably have some sheets that are 10 years old. Have enough that they are rotated and not worn. Will soon buy some new tho as want different. Old will go to the Thrift shop and I don't think I need as many sets as I currently have. I recently gave away about a dozen old bath towels as they were faded. Still have plenty to use but will buy a few more nice ones for guests when I find them at a price I like.
I'm still in the process of reducing belongings to the point where I have empty shelves in cupboards and closets so while I do occasionally replace things I try to give away/sell much more than I bring into my house.
I keep the economy going by purchasing good food, nice clothes, jewelry, art, plants for my garden, and travel. Also by supporting my local thrift stores by donating my old stuff! All things that give me joy. Still have enough home decor accessories to rotate altho have reduced their number enormously.
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Thanks for all of the interesting replies! I do replace things as needed, but just find that there are certain items that last a long time.
Oh, I surely buy clothes more often than needed. Yes, we spend a fair amount on travel, too. And, Joyluck, I agree with you on wanting to keep some free space for new finds!
When I was packing to move I threw away a lot of stuff that needed replacing. I replaced pot holders, some baking pans, toaster, can opener....necessary items. Household decor I move around. I want to replace our microwave soon too. It still works but is a bit rough. I'll move it down to the basement to use in our kitchen area there.
With the move I did replace all my bigger kitchen appliances, all the living room furniture and bedroom furniture for my son and daughter. What I had was years old and breaking down. We moved the old frig and stove, couch, chair, coffee table and end tables to our basement to use down there. I still need to toss the couch and chair and replace those even for the basement.
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I don't replace things until they are no longer usable. I made my potholders when I was 8 years old - 60 years ago. I have sheets and towels that are 40 years old. In fact, I still use my Great Grandmother's food grinder. She died in 1924:::::laughing::::::::
That convenance helps to accumulate me from accepting apathetic with my adornment and gives me allurement to apple-pie and tidy the linen closet and the cabinets at atomic alert per year.
I replace constantly and redecorate all the time.I am a shopoholic and enjoy changing things often.
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I've quit buying decor things, although i do go to HomeGoods and look at the new sparkly things they've got in. I have enought now to change out and move around the house. I have been collecting dishes lately and none have broken yet.
I guess the kitchen towels have been around too long but i forget to get new ones. It's like you have to break new ones in, they don't seem to soak up water like they should. I do toss kitchen sponges pretty regularly - after microwaving once, they get tossed. Icky things.
I'm not sure what it is but after a while sheets dont seem so fresh and washing doesn't freshen them any more, so those get replaced every several years. Plus there are always new designs out there now.
Fun thread! Guess I qualify as the mover and changer here. The only things still in this house that haven't changed since 1983 are the china hutch, a buffet and DH.
Oh and the kitchen cabinets. But they are in line for a future re-do.
I am thankful that my style has changed (just for me) from country blue, peach and ducks. Oh my yes, so happy with change. LOL.
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CJO, yes those are the Target sheets! They are 250 tc Egyptian cotton. They are wonderful. They quit carrying them years ago. Mine have been washed a thousand times and look and feel great. Best 40. I've probably ever spent on linens, lol!
Yeah I've kept my old fellar around since 1983 too. LOL
...that made me giggle when I read it.
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It's difficult to resist the temptation to redecorate when one is exposed to all the new things on the market. As a design professional, I encourage clients to purchase things that will have longevity and sometimes I take my own advice. I have one rule that is constant. I will not bring something new into my home unless it is to replace something, and that will only happen if I am able to recycle or sell the existing item. The exception would be things like towels and sheets which do have a shelf life.
Haha, Cavin.... Do you mean my 40 year old sheets have exceeded their shelf life???
The funny thing is that I did not realize that they have been around so long. I just keep using them! I am sure that I have other very old things that I still use, too. I still use a hand towel that was my grandma's....she died in 1963 ! Yikes!
I don't know Grapefruit, guess it depends on which shelf you kept them
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