Small things that make a difference 

When I was in the shops the other day, I saw a huge discount on Toms shoes. Last year, I wanted a Toms so dearly that I got a pair, from the series Earthwise. It’s vegan and totally recyclable, but it wore out too quickly for my taste. I usually wear a pair I buy for more than 3 years, I don’t really buy fashionable shoes so it works out very well for me.

I must say I was disappointed. Although I love the look of Toms, and appreciate the charity work, I decided not to buy another pair. But what could I do with the pair I’ve got? Ideas, ideas.

I had some old fabric I got from my mother-in-law. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it like this or cover the whole thing later, but for now I’m satisfied that the worn out toe section is covered. Here are the steps:

1. First off, I cleaned the whole shoes inside and out using wet towels. Fabric was easy to clean.

2. I applied mod modge with a sponge brush, and then glued the fabric. You don’t have to be crafty or extra careful, mod podge is very forgiving.

Here is the end result:

I hope it will last me another few months. It really hurts me when something I love wears out very quickly.

The second small change I made is to my relatively new Reebok sneakers. I love them, they are made from a foamy substance which makes them very light and comfortable. But I noticed they look very dirty. First I cleaned the sole using nail polish remover and a piece of cotton (works very well with white soles, try it out) then I changed the laces. It made all the difference! They look brand new now.

I never cared about maintaining my clothes or shoes before, but minimalism taught me to take a look at my closet before I consider buying new stuff. So now I know what actually lurks behind the closed closet doors, and it gives me the chance to care for the items on time and discard and buy new ones if necessary. I hope you find these tips useful!

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aspiring minimalist, English teacher, coffee aficionado, and maker of things.

3 thoughts on “Small things that make a difference ”

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