Some of us remember the Button Game from when we were kids....but what I'm really thinking about are the extra buttons (sometimes colored thread, too) that come with our clothing. You know the ones - twisted on to the last button in the row or tucked into the pocket.
Do you save them? Or throw them?
I can hear some of you literally gasping out loud at the thought of throwing away something WE MIGHT NEED someday. Which leads me to ask, if it comes right down to it, two questions:
1. IF a button falls off will we be able to find the replacement without searching the house or thru all the buttons we've saved?
2. If we do, by some miracle, easily locate the button, do we have the time to sew it on the garment (provided we have needle and thread easily accessible), or does the clothing sit in a pile waiting for a free moment in our hectic, busy lives?
I'm not a proponent of throwing things away. I also see a lot of clutter on dressers and night stands that some find distressing. Among the clutter we inevitably find extra buttons in little envelopes or plastic bags.
To each, their own, I always say, with the caveat that clutter IS the accumulation of delayed decisions. Before saving extra buttons, ask yourself the questions above. If the answer is no, toss them! Trust me, no one is judging!
TIP: To make buttons more stable - a dab of clear nail polish where the threads cross, or on the knot in the back will prevent them from falling off so quickly.
Do you save buttons? Why, or why not? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!
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