Moving From a “Throw It Out” Mentality to a “Fix It” Mentality

Like most women my weight tends to *ahem* fluctuate. Sometimes I’m a little fluffier than other times, and sometimes that means the button on my pants “expands” a little more than usual.


I don’t own a lot of clothing. All of the clothing and shoes I have could easily fit into two banker boxes, one for winter and one for the rest of the year. Now, I COULD own a lot more if I wanted but honestly, I really hate buying clothes. I’d much rather spend the money elsewhere and make what I have last as long as possible.

Recently THIS happened:
Fixing torn buttons is easy

*SAD FACE* It was a fluffy week.

So, the first thing that crossed my mind was “Wah! I have to throw these out now”, quickly followed by panic! “This means I have to get another pair! I don’t want to buy clothes! NOOOOOO!”

As I wiped the tears from my eyes (not literally, but pretty close) I noticed some denim on my dresser. A few days earlier I had cut the legs off some jeans to fashion shorts for the kids. Ideas started swirling around in my head. An iron-on patch would probably fix the hole, why can’t I make a denim patch and sew it on?

Little changes in thinking, such as moving from a throw it out mentality to a fix it mentality, are the changes that make the biggest impact. You fill a bucket one drop at a time, just like you build your wealth 1 penny at a time.

The scissors and sewing machine came out and I got to work.

10 minutes later I had a workable patch. It’s not pretty but it works and is hidden anyhow. Yes, I used dark thread on khaki pants, do you know what a pain in the butt it is to make a new bobbin for such a tiny amount of sewing??

Easy clothing repair

The repair took less than 10 minutes and should get me through the summer. I now expect the bottom to wear out before the button does!

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