Julie Morgenstern's No-Brainer Toss List for the Kitchen
- Chipped or broken dishes, glasses or mugs
- Duplicate sets of items, especially if they're missing parts or pieces
- Pots, pans, utensils and bakeware that are burnt or rusty
- Ugly serving pieces, even if they were wedding gifts; save the thought instead.
- Excess stemware. How many glasses have you actually used in the last 5 years
- Excess plastic containers, bags and jars. Keep about 5 to 6 of each. Let the rest go
- Ugly souvenir glasses and mugs
- Plastic tumblers, if your kids are all grown. Save a couple for memories or visiting grandchildren
- Broken or never-used appliances and gadgets
- Pantry items that you haven't used in one year or more. Give them to a shelter for the homeless or housebound
We all inherit flatware, dishes, silverware or stemware that for emotional reasons, we want to hang on to even though we never use it. That's fine. But you won't be dishonoring any memories if you store those things away in a box in your attic or closet rather than keeping them front and center in cabinets where frequently used items belong.