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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

When Should You Throw That Away

I have a hard time remembering and keeping track of stuff.  Let's face it with chronic pain and illness our mental capacities are not what they used to be.

So much stuff is just stuff, so it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things to a person with a chronic condition, except when that stuff starts to make you sick.

Confession time.

So when we moved into our house (a terrible experience for first-time buyers, it haunts us and probably why my husband is reluctant to move closer to his office) we didn't get any documentation from the previous homeowner.

No books on the water heater, nothing on the oven or dishwasher, and certainly nothing on the ac unit.

So it came as a complete surprise that we had an internal air filter in the unit that we were supposed to replace annually.  Whoops!

I won't tell you how old and nasty this thing was.  No wonder I kept getting sick.  Ugh!

I will be honest.  We definitely don't replace the individual filters as often as the recommended three months on the package.  We do four months.  I buy them in bulk and doing every four months instead of three gives us two years of the bulk buy.

Hey, one month isn't going to kill us.


So when should you replace your toothbrush?  When should you think about getting new carpet?

Well, I did the research for you and made a lovely bullet journal collection so I can keep track for myself what has been done in my house.

Monthly:
Bath Pouf
Contacts (if you have them or according to manufacturer's instructions)
Sponges

Quarterly:
Water Filter
Toothbrush
Contact Case
Air Filters

Semi-Annually
Toilet Brushes
Mascara
Refridgerator Filter (if you have them or according to manufacturer's instructions)

Annually up to 10 years or more
Running shoes
Spices
Makeup Brushes
Towels
Cutting Boards
Plastic Ware
Hairbrush
Pillows
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguishers
Carpet
Household Appliances
Cloth Furniture

Most of these things need replacing because of bacteria, dust, allergens, and/or mold contamination.  Some just wear out.  I've definitely noticed that our towels seem to leave behind more water than they used to...

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