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The Forgotten Art of Craftiness

Neeba M.

Posted on November 15, 2017 06:43

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How many times have I watched loved ones throw out an article of clothing simply because they don't know how to stitch minor tears and holes? Too many times. In a world where everything is replaceable and waste is not even an afterthought, how much money and pride are we throwing away for the sake of convenience?

Earlier this summer, I bought a very basic sewing kit for a whopping eight dollars. I barely know how to sew, but in the past few months I've salvaged over a dozen pairs of tights, leggings and a few sweaters with that measly sewing kit and mediocre skill. Since then, I can't help but intervene when I overhear my friends about to throw away only slightly damaged clothes, and I can no longer understand the logic in throwing away and replacing a forty dollar clothing item over a tear that costs a few minutes of my time to fix. Not to mention, the feeling of accomplishment upon fixing something yourself is unbeatable. 

It got me thinking, what else in our modern lifestyles are ridiculously wasteful, both financially and materially, simply for the sake of convenience? 

In search of answers, I looked through a recipe book created by homesteaders living in Big Sur. What I found was inspiring: simple farmers building makeshift meat smokers out of old oil barrels, making tofu presses out of wooden boxes, and concocting everything from cold medicine to wood cleaner out of household ingredients as simple as onions and vinegar. These simple-living folks weren't trained engineers or chemists, yet they take it upon themselves to make do with what little they had lying around the farm, nothing went to waste, and their homemade solutions really do work. 

This delicate art of self-sufficiency is dying in our modern and convenient world, and it's truly a shame. We give ourselves so many excuses to avoid any sense of craftiness - no time, not skilled enough, or simply no motivation. Not only is this a sad concept, but it's also pretty devastating to our wallets, our landfills, and even our sense of pride. 

Do you have any idea how much money you're spending on household cleaning supplies alone? It's probably too much; as I've learned, about 70% of my domestic cleaning can be done with nothing more than vinegar and baking soda. Not to mention, they don't contain the harsh chemicals cleaning products are often laden with (don't worry, the vinegar smell disappears in less than thirty minutes).

Did you know that sometimes building household items such as planters and couches can not only be a simple task, but a fun, cheap, and fulfilling one as well? How about those wine corks you're always throwing out; have you ever thought about making some fun decor with them?

My life has improved drastically by doing nothing more than challenging myself to be a bit more crafty, a bit less wasteful, and a bit more self-sufficient. I challenge everyone to do the same. There's a few changes that are bound to happen to you if you do: you'll save money, you'll learn something new, and you'll be very proud of what you've managed to accomplish using so much less. 

Neeba M.

Posted on November 15, 2017 06:43

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Source: Deseret News

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