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repair or replace

Today’s society is often called the ‘throw-away society’; this is because basically when something breaks, we throw it away when it could be repaired. If you find a hole in your sock, you throw the pair of them away, and many people would do the same with jeans or any item of clothing. Gone are the days when we would darn socks or patch up knees. This is largely because today it’s far cheaper and easier to buy new than to go through the hassle of repairing. However, while there are some things you should definitely throw out, there are also a lot of things that are worth repairing, and this can also save you money and is much better for the environment. So, what should you repair, and what should you replace?


When your fridge or washing machine breaks, if it is under warranty, then getting it fixed is a no-brainer. However, if it is out of warranty, then you should think about the age of the appliance, how much it will cost to replace with a new one, how long you need it for and how long it will last you. If you feel that the appliance which has broken has a long life expectancy and you can find the part easily, then repairing it is probably the best option. Look online for parts to see if what you’re looking for still exists, for example, you can find fisher and Paykel dryer parts online, so you just need to search to determine whether a repair is going to be feasible. Each device though, will vary and ultimately be a judgement call, it’s likely to be a good idea to replace your appliance if it is out of warranty and nearing the end of its life expectancy. Even if it costs more to replace than repair, it will be worth it if it’s going to last you longer. 


Old wooden furniture might look like it needs replacing, but all it needs is a bit of TLC. You can restore the furniture to its best again through either painting or upholstering. This way, you can also change something to your taste and still have a good quality piece of furniture but with a modern look. Plus it’ll be completely unique. 


When it comes to clothes, they can easily be replaced. However, it’s also easy to become attached to certain items and even if they really have seen better days you don’t want to throw them out. If its something you can easily replace then do so, but if not then take it to a tailor and see what you can do to fix your beloved item. Also, if you want to throw clothing out that there’s nothing wrong with then think about selling it or give it to a charity shop so that it doesn’t go to waste. 


Cars need repairing from time to time but instead of buying a new car every couple of years, consider keeping your car longer. You could either take the time to learn your way around a motor so that you can change batteries, oil, fan belts, spark plugs by yourself and save yourself some money or if you know someone, then get them to do this for you.


  • September 17, 2020

    This is such great advice! With clothes, I donate them when I no longer want them or give them to younger family members to reuse again! x

    Lucy |


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