Day 18 of the January Money Diet – Fix, Polish or Show Something TLC

Mend and repair

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!”

Perhaps you’ve heard that old saying. People of our grandparents’ generation weren’t nearly the consumers that we are today. They grew up learning to take care of their possessions and make things last, a useful skill that can help stretch dollars today.

Let’s Fix, Polish or Maintain Something

We honor our possessions when we take good care of them. This quiet January is the perfect time to tackle a few maintenance tasks or make something shiny and new again.

This weekend I used a can of white paint I already had on hand to touch up some of the interior trim in the house that had gotten chipped. It’s amazing how much better it looks. I also sharpened the kitchen knives. These small, simple tasks are surprisingly satisfying.

This week, I plan to get out the shoe polish kit and make my scuffed brown boots look great again. I also want to sew a button back on my favorite sweater.

How About You?

Perhaps your garden tools could use a good cleaning and sharpening, or maybe it’s time to delete some computer files to make more room on your hard drive and update all the programs. Perhaps your bike could use a good tune-up, or you feel like washing the windows or polishing the furniture.

Let’s Get Busy

Let’s tackle a few of those projects we’ve been meaning to get to, and experience the satisfaction of taking care of what we have.

How about you? Do you have something you can fix, polish or maintain this week? If you accomplish this task, we’d all love to hear what you did in the Comments section of this page. It’s been so inspiring to read your first-hand experiences with this money diet.

Happy Martin Luther King Day! Keep up the good work, and you’ll hear from me again tomorrow with a new challenge.

Hugs and gratitude,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 18 of the January Money Diet – Fix, Polish or Show Something TLC

  • Back in December I bought myself a few Smartwool baselayer tops on eBay. These things are ridiculously expensive – they retail for $80-$100 each! But they are soooo wonderfully comfortable, and for some reason they seem to be the only thing that works to keep me warm this time of year.

    So I found some great deals on used tops, that had a few flaws. Most had a small hole or two. But… since I recently learned how to darn, I was able to pick them up for around $10 each and with about 10 minutes work, they are good as new… well, not exactly good as NEW, but close enough for my purposes. I hope they will keep me warm for many years to come!

  • Mary Ann

    I used a magic eraser to take off scuff marks off the floor. Spilled something and used it as an opportunity to clean the whole floor. Waterproofed my boots.

  • Lynn Louise

    I patched ANOTHER pair of my husbands pants. Seems like I do this alot. But it makes them last a few more months. I also “revised” a door hanging and made it into a cute bed pillow. Shampoo’d the office rug and made it look new again. Smells much better too!

  • Lynette

    It is interesting I have found this month due to my huge declutter efforts last year I now do not like clutter very much, and because I still have a few spots that need clearing I want them cleared now and you know what are in these areas, yes things that are to be mended or half completed projects.
    I have done well this week and repaired a pair of pants and completed two art projects where I have had the materials lying around for well over a year.

  • Helen Shaw

    Just spent 10 mins unsubscribing from email newsletters and I’m looking forward to less clutter in my inbox. Now turning my mind to what needs a little talc and what I can achieve with minimum spend. I’m really getting a lot out of my January detox – thanks!

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