The things you don't need until you suddenly do
November 12, 2012 3:52 PM Subscribe
On a scale of fire extinguisher to avocado slicer, what seldom-used household items leave a person the most screwed if they aren't around when they are required?
posted by darksasami to home & garden (92 answers total) 136 users marked this as a favorite
I'm establishing my own household, and I'm starting to feel like I'm actually settled. I've got my silverware pattern and my cookware and a big upright cabinet that I bought just for the junk drawer, and I'm looking forward to the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that I'm all settled in. But lately I've been starting to wonder--all of my immediate needs are met, but my acquisitions have mostly been based on immediate needs. I've got everything that I've already needed. What don't I have because I haven't needed it yet? And more importantly, which of those things do I desperately need before, well, I need it?
I've got a fire extinguisher, a small first-aid kit, and various particle alarms, so the big life-threatening emergency stuff is covered, I think. But what might I not have that will prevent a guilty 3 AM trip to Walmart?