No, you are not imagining it. Modern-day items are pretty crappy.
Crappy and expensive.
I recently watched a YouTube video by Mina Le titled “clothes are so much worse now”. She uses the history of the Aran sweater and a famous Billy Crystal photo to discuss why clothes have lost quality over time. In addition, not only have they lost quality, but anything of decent quality can very expensive.
The subject goes much deeper than Le or this blog can cover, but one thing that we can discuss is that most clothing and household items these days do not last.
Maybe this is why Millennials and Zoomers want clothing and household items from the 1970s and 1980s. They were just made better than items that are made today.
Decluttering is a large part of moving into a tiny house or smaller space. However, think twice about decluttering older or more quality items. Hang onto items that you have had for years and have never let you down.
I have a few items such as some Patagonia clothing from the 1990s, and vintage kitchen items from the 1960s that are still going strong. I’ve also worn and re-soled shoes and have kept them in my closet for more than a decade.
If you have a few classic items that have stood the test of time, hang on to them.
For any future items, do your research and buy the highest quality you can afford. When they do start to wear out, repair them if necessary.
By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]