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Monday, August 25, 2014

Five Appliances That Your Home Can't Do Without

Kids today take everything for granted. Perhaps we all do. As we move through our daily lives, we rarely put any thought into what life would be like if the things we use on a daily basis were no longer there. What would we do if we had no cars, buses or trains? How would we cope without smartphones or tablets? And where would we be without electricity, running water and a working sewer system? You don’t have to venture any further than the home to appreciate how easy we have it.

Here are five appliances we’d sorely miss if they were gone.


The barbecue

Many will be surprised to see the backyard barbecue on the 'can’t do without'  list. Sure, an outdoor grill is great, you say, but is it really a household essential? If you have to ask, you’ve never had to experience extended or frequent electrical blackouts and live on cold food from the pantry. A barbecue isn’t a luxury, it’s a lifesaver. If you don’t already own one, look at a specialist brand like http://www.zieglerandbrown.com.au/ and see what you can pick up.

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The refrigerator 
Speaking of food, could you imagine life without a refrigerator? In days gone by, people used to cover their meat in salt to make it last longer. Then meat safes were invented to store food. You had to keep an eye on your chops, though. If they started turning green, eat them or throw them away. On a positive note, if fridges had been invented earlier, we might never have experienced wonderful dishes such as curries, invented to disguise the taste of rancid meat.

The oven and microwave

Still on the subject of eating, who wants to get their caveman on, head outside and start a fire just to have a bit of brunch? Nobody? The oven and its later cousin the microwave are two appliances that have changed our cooking lives for the better. Preparing a hearty meal today is just a matter of flicking a switch, turning a knob or pushing a button. They are so much a part of our lives many people today still complain about the 'chore' of cooking the family dinner, not considering the difficulties our forebears had to go through to get a bit of hot, cooked food on the table.

The washing machine

Many people avoid buying clothes that have the dreaded words ‘hand wash only’ on the label. Why? Because washing by hand is a tiresome and messy task. But imagine having to do it with every item you own. Without the washing machine, the weekly task of cleaning your clothes would be unbearable. Without washing machines, we might all become nudists.

The television

And finally we have the television or, as some call it, the electronic babysitter. This device is as much a part of the modern family home as electric lights and walls. It looks after the kids when we are busy, provides us with some mindless entertainment after a long day and keeps us up to speed on all the news and current affairs in the world. It’s fair to say the television, for whatever purpose you use it, is indispensable.

No doubt there are many more items in the house that people would list as a 'can’t do without'  item. It’s all a matter of perspective. What’s yours?


Jennifer Van Huss said...

My 5 appliances I can't live without are my Fridge, Microwave/Oven, Freezer, Smartphone and laptop.

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I think that my family would say that TVs in all the bedrooms are the appliances that they can't live without. But def, I couldn't live without my fridge, stove, washer, dryer and smartphone!

Randa Derkson said...

Range (my oven and range are separate in my house.

I could live without the dishwasher, although I would hate it.

Little Miss Kate said...

I agree with the BBQ - we use ours all year long, not just in the summer.

Leila said...

My list would be way longer than yours lol. But we use our Toaster oven quite a lot more than our oven.