Decluttering Tip: Use It or Lose It!

Decluttering Tip: Use It or Lose It!

Emma Christensen
Apr 23, 2009

Having trouble parting with that old potato peeler? Or the cute egg separater you use twice a year? Well, here's an easy, low-stress way to wean yourself off your "occasional use" kitchen utensils and determine whether they're really worth keeping...

We've seen this trick recommended here and there around the internet, and we can honestly say that it's worked for us:

1. Put everything you're not sure about in a box. In fact, go ahead and put all your utensils in a box!

2. Take utensils from the box as you need them, and then return them to their drawer (or cupboard, or rack, or jar...) once you've finished.

3. At the end of the month, everything that's still in the box gets donated to charity.

This has worked for us because we can really see what we use and don't use. Plus, the fact that the utensils have been out of sight, out of mind for a month makes it somehow easier to part with them.

Has anyone else tried this method for decluttering?

Related: Five Ways to Get Your Pot Lids Organized

(Image: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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