You know the old phrase "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without"
In a way it plagued me. I'm fairly decent at doing without, at least I think. I had no problems giving away perfectly good quality things, but if the things weren't a complete set or were only half broken or had some life left in them, I couldn't get rid of it. I thought about that object not completely used up, and worn out sitting in a land fill and it plagued me, thinking that I had not been as completely industrious as I could. I would give away good toys because our toy boxes were overflowing and leave mismatched half broken toys in their place. I figured I could give away good toys, but second hand stores always have signs saying no broken things or garbage. Finally after months, years, who knows how long of this craziness my husband called me on it.
It wasn't until he called me on it I realized it for the craziness that is it. I have since realized it better to plague the landfill than my house and/or toy boxes. For about the last 6 months, maybe a year I've started to adopt what I call the Teresa test. I stand over the garage can, hold something in my hand and think if I were Teresa what would I do with it? And almost inevitably it is throw it away. Teresa is too smart to clutter her house with broken things. Considering I rarely buy my children toys, and I rarely buy them clothes, yet all the toy boxes and all the dressers are overflowing with items, I don't feel like giving away good quality stuff or throwing away broken things isn't industrious. Life has changed, and industrious in the home has a different meaning. At least in my opinion.