Posted by Tim Stobbs on February 12, 2010
Occasionally I’m amazed on how long I can keep reusing something. Case in point we just converted our crib for our youngest son into a toddler bed. So far it’s been used for two kids and still looks great and can now be used for a few more years. Not bad for something I paid less than $150 for it five years ago.
This is not the only thing that gets reused between the boys. Most of our youngest kid’s clothes, toys, books and furniture all are being reused from our oldest. Mainly during the youngest kid’s birthday and Christmas does he get some new things that are just his, but other than that we managed to save a small fortune just by putting something in a box for a few years.
Of course it will just keep on going for a while yet. For example, I still have the desk I used as a elementary school student. It’s had a new coat of stain and a new chair for it, but otherwise it should be in good shape to move into my oldest son’s room in a few years time. My oldest son also had my old chest of drawers from when I was a teenager and his captain’s bed is also used.
So with all this reusing of things do my kids actually care? So far I would have to say they don’t notice it all. They are much more interested in getting the occasional new toy or getting some cool Hot Wheels bedding than worrying about having a 25 year old desk. As teenagers this might change, but I’ll worry about that when we get there.
With that in mind, what’s the longest thing that you have reused in your house? Beyond the kid stuff, I would have to guess in my house that my dining room table is the oldest thing. It was at the cabin my parent’s bought over a decade ago and it was old then. The finish has broken down in spots so I would guess it already had a good 25 years on it before I ever got it.