Repairing and Maintenance Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Things – Ep 111

How do you make your stuff last longer? Along with reducing and reusing – prolonging the life of our things can save us money, build life skills, and increase contentment! Listen in as we talk about some of the ways you can take better care of what you already have so you can spend on what you want and need.


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Notable Notes:

What the Internet has to say:

This article from Martha Stewart gives us a list of 12 items we should repair before we replace!

What Jen + Jill have to say:

  • “fix it first” mentality
  • Lamps
  • Favorite sweater (AND ALL CLOTHING!)
  • Rugs and carpet
  • Ceramics 
  • Handbags- buy nice products that can be repaired
  • Scuffed furniture- salt + heat take out water rings!

More from the Internet:

This article from This Old House gives us a great list (one to earmark for the future) of 23 things you can actually fix yourself!

More from Jen + Jill:

  • Learn a lot about how things work!
  • Lots of plumbing stuff – leaky faucet, uneven water stream (calcium build-up)
  • Sticking door
  • Vacuum
  • What’s not a DIY fix

BILL OF THE WEEK – Thank you Brittany for sharing about your PAID apartment bills!

Lightning Round – Top 2 things we take care of so they last longer (and how)

  • outdoor furniture (bring cushions inside each night; wash yearly – bought the kind that can come off for this reason!)
  • Clothing – line dry and sew repairs
  • Bonus: anytime I do a painting project/refurbish something I paint a clear coat overtop which makes the finish last longer and more resistant to chips

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