How Long Should I Keep that [Insert Common Household Item]?

Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:17:39 pm by Dustin
Filed under Dealing with People, General, Health, Household, Tools and Tricks, a little about life

Whether it’s your mattress, running shoes, girlfriends, pillows, or smoke alarm, there comes a time for everything to just be gone, upgraded, or replaced.  But really how long am I supposed to keep those cooking spices?  Does Thyme really run out of time.  Well the answer is yes.

Smart Money has put together a list of common stuff you just need to replace from time to time, and they give you some nice life expectancies too.  I would like to warn you though.  This is not a complete list.  My parents, for example, have had the same microwave since their house was built; it is older than I am.  I am pretty sure that the microwaves might be leaking a bit – especially in my dad’s direction.


  1. J.D.

    Ha! I just wrote this up for my site today. But I tucked it away to pull out when I’m on vacation in July. :)