We are going big this week with our large electrical appliances. For most of us, this is the fridge/s, dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer and any other whitegoods or big electricals you have in your home and garage.
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
This category could be a simple on, particularly if you have items that are no longer used or fit for purpose.
If you need some further assistance to make decisions though, revisit the criteria you created during Week 1 of our challenge to assist you in making decisions. If you are new to the challenge, you can see our Week 1 post here.
To help you further, consider these things:
- What’s your limit – either a number or a physical storage space.
- You are now very aware of the contents of your home, how you and your family function in your home and how much space you have available (don’t forget the importance of white space too!). How do these items fit with the functionality of your home?
Put everything aside that no longer has a useful purpose or home in your house.
What do I do with the keepers?
They definitely all need homes, and ones that ensure that you have safe access to the items. Take this opportunity to give things a wipe over and ensure that any build up of dust or grime is removed, particularly around any air vents on these large appliances. Please also ensure that all powercords, powerboards, and outlets are in good working condition and not exposed to water or creating a trip hazard.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If the items are broken or no longer functional they are just taking up valuable space in your home and need to be disposed of responsibly. Materials made predominantly of metal can be dropped off at either the Mitchell or Mugga Lane tip (some fees may apply). Alternately, you can contact a firm who specialises in recycling and reusing metal.
If they are still in good condition but no longer have a purpose in your home, you can also consider some of these sell/swap and donation options.
- Sell or Swap:
- Swap with your friends or family.
- Facebook Marketplace or any of the myriad of Buy/Swap/Sell groups
- Garage Sale
- Donate/Gift options:
ActewAGL also runs a fridge buyback program for existing clients which provides a free collection service and you also get a$30 rebate on your electricity account. Further information is available here.
How did you go? Feel free to share your successes, challenges and tips on our Facebook page.