Task 51 – Declutter 52 Things in 52 Weeks Challenge – Batteries

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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

Batteries

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.

how to organise and store your batteries

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.

How to organise and declutter your batteries

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.

Kit for organising and sorting batteries at home

  READ MORE: Organised Storage, Cleaning and Care Tips For Kids Toys

Sorting and organising children toys in bedroom

How many items have you been able to purge today?

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2 comments

Helen December 18, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Take your used batteries to a local library or other recycling centre. Please don’t put them in landfill waste

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 7, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Great point Helen! I have added this to the body of the blog too 🙂 Thank you x

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