Enjoy Life MORE When You Simplify
In a world busy with options, notifications and blinking lights, it’s easy to understand why people are trying to simplify. Books like Marie Kondo’s popular The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up encourage us to keep only the things that bring us joy. Greg McKeown‘s book Essentialism demonstrates the value of saying yes to FEWER activities, leaving us with more energy and focus for the things we really LOVE to do. Having taken five giant loads of stuff to the thrift store a few years back, I have personally experienced the joy of the Kondo Method! Thrift stores are like a no-kill shelter for all the stuff someone else would love more, and I don’t miss ANY of that stuff.
I recently sought help from two local experts to enjoy the perks of “less, but better”. This time, instead of getting rid of things I don’t love, I had two items I love repaired. I had a pair of pants hemmed at Larissa’s Plaza Tailor and the buckle repaired on a pair of shoes at Renner’s Boots. Each repair cost around $20 and was worth every penny. The pants were beautiful, but too long. I never really wore them and they were just collecting dust. The shoes were also a favorite item. But the elastic on the buckles had worn out, and again, I never wore them. Having stuff you don’t enjoy is a kind of stale warehousing. Everything you own deserves to be taken care of and used. If you’re not going to use it, let it go. Both of these shops are local, and you can tell the owners are experts at what they do. The two repairs I had done were simple, but I now have a go-to for other, more complex repairs. I also get to keep two items I love, and enjoy them even more.
What are your favorite KC places to get things repaired? Would you love for someone to get all your shoes polished for your birthday rather than buying you anything new? What is your rule of thumb for keeping an item or letting it go?
Speaking of letting things go: If you have a computer, tablet or phone you don’t use, consider taking it to Laptops KC. They buy used items, repair them and resell them. If you haven’t touched in a few weeks, why not let someone else enjoy it?
Update: We thought of another great local Kansas City place that helps you keep the stuff you already have in great shape Ambrosi Brothers Cutlery at 3023 Main in midtown KC. Drop off your dull kitchen knives and let these experts sharpen them to perfection. Remember, a sharp knife is a safe knife!