Kindle Crash = Thoughts on Stuff

>> Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two weeks ago I turned on my beloved Kindle to find a striped screen (I swear I didn't drop it). After an hour on a chat line it was confirmed that it cannot be revived. I am a firm believer that these days electronics in general are programmed to spontaneously break after certain amounts of time. And it's a tough scenario for anyone who is consciously trying not to be a mega consumer. I read blogs like THIS and I want to be like that. I want to want less stuff.  But to be honest I am so far from there. I love stuff. But in making an honest effort, I took my $50 Target boots to the cobbler last week because other than the holes in the heels they are fine. Guess what, the cobbler wanted $60 to put new heels on them. What the heck!? I'll get new shoes. Why is it so hard to live simply and not consume, consume, consume? I can be kinder to my Kindle this time, but I'm not sure I can change the way I walk.

And in keeping with my consumer instincts, I found something else to buy to assist me in giving this second Kindle a better chance at longevity. Have you guys seen these?

 They are so cute it hurts. 
I know, how could you not?

But in the end, I have challenged myself to make my own and only use things around my house to do so. Although, I'm no martyr. I have enough fabric in my stash to quilt over the entire state of Massachusetts. This is a baby step and there is a good chance I will hate it and ask for one of the above for Christmas.

What about you? Any epiphanies on making stuff last longer?
Or how do you avoid the seduction of shiny new things? 


9 comments:

Andrea J October 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM  

Sometimes buying used is a great way to go, sometimes it is not. I try to balance my love of good design with a love of serving people in need. If I have spent enough money on charitable causes I feel okay about buying carefully selected shiny things on occasion. Great post, we all can find a balance that works, I'm sure of it!

Kate {domestikatedlife} October 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM  

I've been trying to shake my target habit after I recently had to throw out about 5 pairs of shoes from there -- my new motto is quality over quantity (but it's SO hard to glide past that shoe aisle!)

The Rhoads Family October 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM  

Thank you so much for including my products in your sweet post! :)

Let me know if I can help create something great for you! :)

Kari Rhoads
kariondesigns.etsy.com

LindsB October 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM  

I feel like if I bring one more "thing" into my apartment its going to burst! I want to get rid of all the crap I have, but then I get all weird and get scared I might need that random thing one day. Ugg, stuff needs to go!

In other news, my computer broke yesterday- I do NOT want to shell out for a new laptop, but I just know in my gut as soon as I bring it to Best Buy they are going to tell me I need to plunk down $300 just to fix it. ANNOYING times ten!

Keyse October 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM  

This post really hits home for me...I love stuff!! I also get my shoes fixed...often paying more for the fix than the shoe! I also live by CL...so, I don't feel too guilty acquiring things bc they are second hand

Anonymous,  November 2, 2012 at 8:12 AM  

Thank you so much for your post about your struggles with simplicity versus shiny things.
I'm experiencing the same thing and can be pretty hard on myself when I feel I've "failed" as I bring something new (or new to me) into our home.
I agree with the comment about quality over quantity. Hate when I've spent the extra money for quality only to find that it is no better than its cheaper version. SIGH.
All in all, seperating yourself from such a consumer oriented society is hard.
Tracy

katgregory November 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM  

I made a cute kindle cover from an old moleskine journal... Ripped the pages out and covered the cardboard/leather cover with chevron canvas. I sewed a little pocket and ties on the fabric before putting it over the journal. Turned out great and has helped my kindle to hold up well this time ( I also had a stripy broken screen. But amazon sent me a new one for free...you should call customer service and see what they'll do!)

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