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Do you know when it’s time to replace those household items?


I can’t imagine that I’m the only person who doesn’t replace or service an item I own when it’s recommended to do so. You know, make sure to change your vehicle’s oil and filter every 3000 miles. Of course, I will get there.

I happened to notice an interesting Facebook post from Reader’s Digest this week (yes, I subscribe to Reader’s Digest.) It’s one of the magazines I take to camp during the summer months when I hang out on deck to read while enjoying a beer or a cocktail on a warm sunny day.

Anyway, on the Reader’s Digest Facebook page, they listed 17 common household items along with the time you need to replace them. Going through the list, I was thinking when was the last time I replaced each of these items.

I decided to grade the list to see how well I had done in replacing these items within the recommended time frame. Out of 17 items, I only rated correctly with 3. It’s pathetic. However, I don’t have a bath mat, so that doesn’t count.

I don’t even know where a microwave carbon filter is. No problem with the smoke detector. I take this very seriously. Bed pillows every 1-2 years? I do not think so. Is this a bad thing? Funny, I noticed this week that my shower curtain (the plastic insert that goes inside the tub) has seen better days. I can’t remember the last time I replaced it.

As for small kitchen appliances, most of my appliances collect dust in certain areas of the kitchen cabinets that I haven’t opened in years. One thing I didn’t see on the list was the toothbrush. I replace mine every six months right after visiting my dentist.

Looking at this Reader’s Digest List, how close are you to these replacement times? Do you agree with these recommendations? What other items do you own that you replace on a certain timeline?

Going through Reader’s Digest Facebook

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