. The Broken Toaster Lesson

Our toaster broke this weekend.  Actually it broke soon after we purchased it many years ago, but because it was a four slice toaster and only half of it stopped functioning, we have used the other half every morning for many years.  It died completely Saturday and we have been eating cold bread for breakfast since.

Not that cold bread is that untasty, but we get used to hot breakfast foods and thus a broken toaster can be a major disaster.  We purchased a new toaster about two years ago when this toaster went on temporary “blink out”.  But when a small piece of crust was shaken out of the toaster, our friend returned to service.  So the new toaster went back to the store and we have continued to live with our “half” functioning friend for a bit longer.

Buy Replacements Early

Now, this is what I have learned about order.  It would have been smarter to have kept the new, replacement toaster (even for a couple of years) then to have to go back out and search for a new one.  You see, this week isNOT a convenient week for replacing the toaster.  A stored toaster could have been introduced into our kitchen and that would have been that.

(Yes, I have the Consumer Reports article which I xeroxed when we went shopping last time, but the information is now so outdated we will need another trip to the library.  And our toaster storage area is small and we must take care that the new toaster is the right size.  All that work once done must now be redone!)

Update Half-Working Tools

Second, I have learned that the weight of a “half” useable appliance has unknowingly weighed on me for many years.  When I think about it, I have so many half-working tools in my home:  a lamp that isn’t plugged in because it makes sparkling sounds when it is turned on, a handle of a tool box that is duct taped to keep it together, a hoe handle that is loose from its head and on and on….

Let’s Fix It

It is time for me, and maybe you, to fix our lives.  Yes, get it fixed or get it replaced (and I’m not talking about relationships today)!  We are going shopping tonight for a new toaster, a new lamp part, and a heavy-duty screw to push through our hoe handle to tighten up the head.  I can’t wait for fresh, hot toast again tomorrow (assuming we are successful tonight).  I look forward to a working lamp and I can’t wait for my hoe to hit the soil with a solid, hefty bite.

Part of personal order is getting things working, keeping them working, and replacing them when they stop working.  It is not just the tool that is the problem, it is the stress that non-working items create in our lives.  Where in your life can you replace, repair, or otherwise fix your tools?  See you at the store!

Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.

Photo from sxc.hu. Used with permission.


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