My parents used to keep broken kitchen appliances (like toasters) even after they went out and bought a new one. Their reasoning was that if something happened to the new one, they could pull out the older toaster. Are you thinking ???? Even as a kid, that bit of illogic baffled me.
Do you have items around your kitchen that you’ve replaced while holding onto the older item? Even if there’s nothing wrong with both utensils, do you really need two vegetable peelers or lemon squeezers? Or, are you holding onto items that don’t work very well? If you rarely use the item, could you use another item as a substitute? If you use the item frequently, why are you adding to your stress with a toaster that’s set on “burnt” or a blender that barely swishes its contents. If you are saving for a replacement, stay focused on this commitment; however, if you feel you must make do, question why you don’t feel you can replace something you use all the time.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.