While sorting through what to keep and what to toss, I’ve noticed a few themes. Here’s what’s being shown the door:
Duplicates or extras or too many of something
These bowls are lovely. But I no longer have the plates that went with them and my dish obsession insures that I will never have a shortage of bowls of any kind.
Time to let somebody else get use out of them.
Coffee mugs, plastic cups, and water bottles are good candidates for the “we have too many/where did they all come from category” too. Is there a kitchen anywhere that couldn’t stand to get rid of a few of those?
Things that haven’t been used in a year or more
This Tupperware container is a perfectly good idea. It’s designed to keep fruit and vegetables fresh.
But I don’t use it. I have no idea why, but I have other bowls with lids that I always grab instead, so it’s time to free up the cabinet space this takes up.
Appliances and tools that only do one thing
Not long after writing this post I was making dinner and realized that my salad spinner only does one thing. So do my lemon juicer and my vegetable peeler and I’m definitely keeping those.
So let me revise this a little to say: appliances and tools that only do one thing unless they are used regularly and nothing else will do what they do nearly as well.
With that off my chest…
It all started when I donated a smoothie maker last month. I bought it several years ago as a Valentine’s Day present for my smoothie-loving daughter.
Never mind that it never got used (even when she’s home from college, she tends to buy her smoothies, not make them) but we have a blender that does exactly the same thing. So it was time to let the smoothie maker go.
- The slicer thingy with the ridges (not it’s real name) that I only use to make cucumber slices pretty. Even that is rare so it’s not worth keeping for me.
- The meatloaf pan that has holes in it to drain off the fat. I actually use this, but last week I watched the Pioneer Woman use a broiler pan for that very same thing on her cooking show. I’m embarrassed to admit how excited I was when I realized I could get rid of my meatloaf pan. So excited that I almost missed the fact that she completely covers the top of her meatloaf with slices of bacon. Bacon! I didn’t know that was even allowed.
- The apple slicer was given a reprieve by my son who plucked it from the donation pile, used it on an apple right away and asked to keep it. He’d better plan on eating a lot of apples And maybe baking me a pie.
I promise you, having a kitchen stocked with only things that you actually use is just as good a feeling as having a closet full of only things that you actually wear. And realizing which things you don’t need or won’t use can prevent future buying mistakes.
Have you decluttered your kitchen lately? What suggestions or tips can you share?