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Old 04-07-2013, 02:19 AM   #1
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What about the stuff you "might" need that is expensive to replace?

What do you do when it comes to purging something you likely wont need again but it would be pricy to replace down the road?

We have 2 sinks in the kitchen and we just installed the second garbage disposal. Luckily they are the same and use the same cover to turn them on. I am so not keeping 2 covers on the counter 6 feet apart because I'm never going to need to run both disposals at the same time. The likelihood of ever needing that second cover is super small and I'd like to get rid of it. But if the first one breaks or gets lost then it looks like it would be upwards of $50 to replace. I would feel awful spending that kind of money when I have a perfectly good spare right here. But I also don't want to hang onto it forever and *hope* I can find it if I need it. DH has noticed how bare our cabinets are and that it's so small it would be super easy to store.

What do you do if something would be costly to replace *if* you ever needed it again? I really think it would drive me crazy if I did need to spend a lot of money to replace something after donating/purging it.

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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Re: What about the stuff you "might" need that is expensive to replace?

I'd keep it, but not on the counter. So that you'd know where to find it, I'd store it where I keep light bulbs, screwdrivers, vacuum cleaner bags, that sort of thing. If it took up a lot of space, or was cheaper to replace, I wouldn't keep it.
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Re: What about the stuff you "might" need that is expensive to replace?

Yep, I'd keep it too. If it was big no but it's small =)
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Yup, keep it in a labeled baggie, maybe under the sink.
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Re: What about the stuff you "might" need that is expensive to replace?

We have a milk crate full of misc items that go with things in our home. Everything is labelled in a bag, if necessary.

My rule of thumb....if I can replace it for less than $15 in less than a half hour, then it can go.
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Re: What about the stuff you "might" need that is expensive to replace?

We don't have a cover for our garbage disposal so I'm not exactly sure what you are talking about. But if it is something pretty small with a reasonably high replacement cost, I would definitely hang onto it. Stick it in a drawer where you don't have to see it all the time.
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We have a milk crate full of misc items that go with things in our home. Everything is labelled in a bag, if necessary.

My rule of thumb....if I can replace it for less than $15 in less than a half hour, then it can go.
Great rule. I have one box with instruction manuals, and any extra pieces get bagged and physically taped onto the manual. Extra bolts for the crib, different washers for the TV mount, extra screws for furniture, etc.
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