It’s week 51 of my Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge. If you haven’t signed up yet, join me today as I help you remove all those things in your home you no longer need or use.
Batteries become a very high ticket item when you have young children – particularly in the lead up to birthdays and Christmas Day. There is nothing more disappointing for a child than to be given a new toy that requires batteries you just don’t have. To avoid this dilemma I came up with a simple system for storing and organising my batteries so that they were tidy and always on hand when needed.
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Decluttering Task #51
I keep our batteries in a clear sectioned storage box – these are readily available from Kmart, Big W, Bunnings etc. I then label the different compartments with the battery sizes so that I can easily tell at a glance which ones are running low. I keep a little screwdriver in this battery box too, as it makes it much quicker and easier when changing batteries in toys, remote controls, torches etc.
TODAY’S TASK: PURGE AS MANY OLD BATTERIES AND BATTERY CONTAINERS AS YOU CAN
Note: My definition of purge – sell, donate, repurpose or throw away items as you see fit
- Look at your batteries and see what storage solutions aren’t working.
- Bring all your batteries together.
- Remove all batteries from their packaging, and group same sized batteries together.
- Purge any batteries that are leaking or damaged (dispose of these at a recycling centre so they don’t end up in landfill).
- Add any new and/or your current storage products to help keep your batteries organised. I like to use a clear container with seperate labelled compartments.
- Restock any battery sizes that are running low.
- Store your battery container somewhere cool, dry, and away from direct sunlight.
TIP: Take note of what sized batteries the majority of your children’s toys use, and buy these batteries in bulk to save money.
I also like to keep both kinds of screw drivers in my battery kit so that it’s super quick and easy to change batteries in any toy when needed.