Don't walk on the heels of your shoes and 7 other tips for taking care of your stuff

Long ago, I remember hearing some great counsel: Don’t walk on the heels of your shoes. Not only was this wise advice on how to make your shoes last a long time, but it was a metaphor suggesting the need to care for all of our stuff.

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  • Long ago, I remember hearing some great counsel: Don’t walk on the heels of your shoes. Not only was this wise advice on how to make your shoes last a long time, but it was a metaphor suggesting the need to care for all of our stuff.

  • Stuff isn’t as valuable as people or relationships with people, but if we care for and respect our stuff, we’ll have to replace it less often, which is beneficial for the environment and our wallets. Here are some other tips in the spirit of not walking on the backs of your shoes.

  • Wash your car regularly

  • By washing your car, you’ll be more comfortable in it, making it seem more appropriate to get it serviced and cared for in a timely way. By making your car last a long time, you empower yourself to avoid expensive repairs.

  • Keep your yard neatly trimmed and clean

  • Not only will your neighbors thank you, but you are likely to identify potential problems with bug infestations, sprinkler problems, even problems with the exterior of the house if you are out in the yard regularly mowing the lawn and trimming the bushes.

  • Teach the kids to care for their toys

  • Not only are bicycles and skateboards left in the front yard an eyesore, they are a mighty temptation for the neighborhood punks who might somehow find it amusing to ride a six-year-old girl’s bike into the nearest river or watch it bounce down a nearby hillside.

  • Repurpose and repair clothes

  • When one child grows out of something, with any luck there is a sibling who can get some use from it. When buttons fall off, replace them. When a dress shirt gets a stain or the cuffs become too worn for the office, a yard work and painting shirt has been born.

  • Keep your house clean

  • Having a few things out of place is a pleasant reminder that a family lives in the house. That’s what makes it a home. On the other hand, if you can’t find the vacuum and there is stuff growing in the fridge or the shower, you are wasting money. Everything in your home will last longer if it is clean, not only because the dirt, mold and mildew will ruin it, but you and the other people in the home will not respect the things that are dirty.

  • Give away the stuff you don’t need

  • If you haven’t worn that sweater in two years, chances are you won’t. Give it away. There are a variety of charitable thrift stores in virtually every city in America. Periodically purge your closets, basement and garage to ensure that you aren’t accumulating things you don’t need and use. Having unused “junk” lying around the house will create an atmosphere that disrespects and cheapens your belongings.

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Devin Thorpe, husband, father, author of Your Mark On The World and a popular guest speaker, is a Forbes Contributor. Building on a twenty-five year career in finance and entrepreneurship that included $500 million in completed transactions, he now champions social good full time, seeking to help others succeed in their efforts to make the world a better place.

Website: http://www.yourmarkontheworld.com

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