Delcutter Task – Broken Electrical Equipment

Declutter Task #29 Broken Electrical Equipment

Do you have a broken stereo, frypan, iron, phone, VCR or lamp lying around the house?


What are you planning on doing with your broken item?  Are you intending on fixing it?  If so, how long ago did it break, let’s be realistic:

  1. If it broke over 6 months ago, make an effort to try and fix it.  
  2. If it broke over 12 months ago, please part with it.  It must not mean all that much to you otherwise you would have fixed it already.  
  3. Are you keeping it for spare parts?  Keep the items you need, create a box dedicated to spare parts and throw away all other items you don’t require.

What electrical equipment are you holding onto and why?


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Anna La Rosa Brown on Facebook October 5, 2011 - 10:47 AM

I have a broken kettle that is under warranty that cost $100 so am willing to get that fixed next week. An expensive iron that our rabbit chewed through the cord getting cord replaced and a lamp that needs cord replaced and one that got fixed not too long ago.

Cass October 5, 2011 - 8:37 PM

Oh, would you please come have a chat to my husband?!?! He keeps all electronic appliances and computers that stop working. Apparently they are all needed for parts. Not that I’ve ever seen any of them do anything except gather dust. Hooray for it all being in boxes under the house!

Kirsten October 6, 2011 - 10:31 AM

Don’t forget to recycle any phones etc rather than having it all go landfill!!!!

A Burning Ambition - Candle Parties on Facebook October 6, 2011 - 8:10 PM

My 6 year old (apparently that’s 100 years in PC years hehe) PC has been laid to rest. The motherboard of all things. I still find it amusing that they call it the “mother”board – the brains of logic of the computer. I think it fits our role as mothers perfectly 😉


Anonymous December 19, 2011 - 6:46 PM

Something to keep in mind is that even some broken electronics will still have a good value such a Macbook that won’t turn on or a smartphone that you ran over with your car. You can sell things like these to people who will use them for parts but the chances are that if they sit in the cupboard for too long they will lose their value.

Also of good mention, if you are interested in fixing some of your gadgets, there are a lot of videos on YouTube to help you along.

Katrina December 22, 2011 - 1:04 AM

Great ideas, thankyou for sharing 🙂

Rebekka March 24, 2013 - 4:22 PM

You shouldn’t trash broken electrical items – they can contaminate landfill, and they can be recycled. Check with your council for when they collect electricals (mine has a day twice a year when they take them for nothing, but some tips recycle them any time).

MarcioWilges December 17, 2014 - 1:32 PM

This is a really good idea. I myself am a very big fan of procrastination and things truly get left lying around the house until it’s time to relocate or moving house is imminent! Haha! But then again, it’s the best time to really spring clean your house I’d say. Makings ure that you don’t bring any of the clutter with you to the new home and figuring out what really needs to be replaced…


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