Guest post by Rachael Cherry
Many of us hold onto possessions after being broken because of the sentimental value that can surround the object. This doesn't even have to be a family heirloom as we may simply enjoy that particular item. We keep promising to fix the item and yet it sits in the corner taking up space while being unable to be used. But are we really going to have the time it takes to fix the object in order for it to be functional again?
From a realistic stand-point, there is a good chance that item will never be fixed if you haven't done so inside of the first 30-days. At this point, it becomes nothing more than a memorable hunk of trash that is costing you dearly. In what ways is that broken item costing you?
Instead of simply replacing the item, it sits in its place broken and unusable. As you pay for every square foot of a location whether it is at home or in storage, that broken item is costing money in terms of volume. You are essentially paying to store trash. Regardless if the item is your favorite reclining chair or a broken coffee mug, it is taking up space that could be used by something that has a practical functionality.
2. Emotional Baggage
For many people, the broken item serves as a constant reminder of being too lazy to fix the item or how sad it is that the item is broken. In either case, this can cause emotional upheaval within you adding to your levels of stress. Excessive stress can lead to all kinds of physical problems from weight gain to heart attack. While a broken chair may not immediately cause harm to your body in such a fashion, the emotional ties you have to the object exacerbate negative emotions.
3. Relationship Wedges
Your significant other may not have the same attachment to the broken item as you do. While he or she may be understanding at first, your inability to do something about the problem could begin to drive a wedge between you. Each day that the item sits in its broken state is another day that your significant other has to see the problem.
4. Time and Materials
Although some things can be repaired instead of simply tossed in the trash, it could cost you quite a bit in materials. When you consider the amount of time you'll spend in repairs in addition to the amount of money you'll spend in materials, it could cost you more than you would have needed to simply replace the item in cash.
5. Health Concerns
Many people have bumped a toe or cut themselves on a broken piece of furniture. Not only can this cause pain, but the overall stress as mentioned above could increase exponentially. There are a variety of health concerns that can come from a broken object ranging from cuts to hazardous materials within older electronics.
Give yourself a time limit when something breaks. If you can't have it repaired inside the first 30-days, then it really didn't mean that much to you in the first place. Be realistic with yourself when it comes to broken items and sentimental values. Ask yourself, "Will I really have time to fix it?"
Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service. Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.