How good quality items can positively impact your family and life.
Years ago, people’s homes were filled with items that were handed down from generation to generation. We think this is a beautiful thing for many reasons…
- They are sentimental; every time I see my grandmother’s handmade wool blanket, I think of her and how talented she was.
- The few items that I have been lucky enough to receive have been great quality. They are strong, durable, long-lasting items, as they have obviously they have lasted the test of time.
- It saves your family money; the original purchaser may need to spend more on a high quality item, but that item can then be handed down and is free for the next family member to cherish.
- They are cherished items, in the event that somethings fail after years of use, the family are much more likely to get it repaired because it is not only special but also good quality.
- It helps educate your family and friends in the value of quality (of course we aren’t talking about brand name t-shirts) items that will save money in the long run.
- The ability to hand down possessions can minimise the number of poor-quality purchases for future generations. This leads to less consumption, packing, production which all equate to better for the environment.
Unfortunately, today’s society seems to value a multitude of low priced (and sometimes even high priced) low quality items as opposed to owning fewer high quality items. Numerous cheap items not only clutter our homes, but this clutter can affect our health and quality of life. Research has shown that our mental health, quality of sleep, and even physical health can be negatively impacted by clutter. If you are interested read this short article by the ABC by clicking here, for those of you who are really keen the article includes links to studies on the impacts to our health.
A symptom of today’s disposable culture means when our parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends and acquaintances, down size or pass away the bulk of their possessions which are no longer utilised by other members of the family, end up in land fill or at the op shop (which is likely to then end up in land fill anyway as highlighted by this article from the ABC, which was published on 17 October 2018). It is an awful thing to think about, but at the end of the day it is a reality. If your grandparent’s fantastic quality cookware that you would share family meals over was no longer needed by them would you send it to the op shop like a $15 crock pot from kmart? Or would you take it home cherish it and make some more memories with it?
Remember while heirloom jewellery is beautiful is it practical? Think outside the box when making purchases for yourself and your family. Instead of a gold necklace maybe consider a cookware set or a cutlery set. Aim to purchase items that are plastic free and timeless styles. Choose quality over quantity and ultimately to save yourself and your family money in the long run. Purchase items that will trigger beautiful memories for generations and minimise your family’s need to spend money buying the same item over and over whilst reducing your impact on the earth’s resources in the process.
Here is our real-life example of our gift for my nieces twentieth birthday, she got a stainless steel dish drying rack! This might seem like an odd choice for a twenty-year-old but my rationale includes the following:
- If she cares for it, then it will likely last her a lifetime.
- She will save money by not having to replace plastic or chrome dish racks every few years.
- Having more quality items reducing the amount of ‘popping to the shops’ moment to pick up things that need to be replaced and therefore helps to avoid subsequent impulse purchases (we’ve all done it going to somewhere like Ikea and for two things and leaving with ten).
- Reduces the environmental impact by avoiding repeat purchasing and consequently leads to waste reduction.
You can view an example of a high quality stainless steel dish rack by clicking here.
It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between expensive and quality products. We are today surrounded by thousands and thousands of cheap disposable products but also by many expensive products that don’t stack up to our expectations of quality despite the price tags.
To curb this, we started searching for products that really are true quality. One way to be sure that something is good quality is the warranty. If a product has a lifetime warranty the company is obviously confident that their product will stand the test of time!
Buy things that will last a lifetime, switch to creative, quality gifts for yourself, family and friends!