Post by fluffernut - now Jannie on Jul 29, 2012 7:51:12 GMT -5
I was putting away clean dishes from the dishwasher into my kitchen cabinets. I had a couple of Pyrex bowls. I struggled to balance them on the stack of glass bowls already on the shelf. Then I looked at the stack. Why do I have 6 Pyrex bowls? Well, they can go from fridge to microwave. I can cook and serve in them and with the plastic lids they fit well in my fridge. But why so many? I went thru, realized there are only 4 sizes, I don't need 2 extras. I have other bowls I can cook and bake with. If I need fridge or freezer storage, I can always buy disposable Glad containers. So I tossed 2. And my kitchen shelf looks just a little neater. Patting self on the back...
Woohoo Fluffer! This was probably the easiest room for me to declutter, the kitchen. I seem to have less attachment to kitchen items. I just was in a home for a long period of time and accumulated stuff. Moving made me go through everything.
I know many here discussed how when you have less dishes, you have less to wash. Why do we keep extras of everything? Etc. So I paired down everything to just what I need. If I used something a lot then maybe kept 2 of it, like I want to large saucepans, I usually cook meals that require 2.
I got rid of 2 waffle makers, that I rarely use, one was never opened. Dishes for entertaining on, you know for cocktail entertaining snacks. All that went goodbye cause I rarely do that and if I ever do Ill go pick up something then.
I also had a cupboard of flower vases. I kept 2. But had a dozen. Oodles of wine glasses from winery tours, bye bye.
Just take a day and sit with a cupboard, I did the pots and pans cupboard and kept one of each pan needed. And then bye bye! I always wanted a backup in case one was dirty or had food in it... like u said just put it in a glad container. And I dont have a bunch of dirty dishes piling up either.
Post by fluffernut - now Jannie on Jul 29, 2012 13:14:47 GMT -5
I had kept them all because they were good quality Pyrex, heat proof glass, and I think they were gifts from my Mom (who died last year). But now the extras are out in my glass recycling bin. Yes kitchens are easy to de-clutter. There are two utensil (junk) drawers that are next. I try to match up storage tops and bottoms once a year. Anything without a mate goes. I am pretty much in maintenance in most of my house, except for one bedroom ,The Room of Doom. I try to remove 5 items a day. I hope to be done with that room by the end of 2012. So I'll be in Full Maintenance Mode for 2013.