Busiest Moms in the World Clutter Challenge Day 8
And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon
Today’s clutter busting challenge should go pretty quickly. Unless you are of course a bonafide packrat and have so many dishes you can’t see the dining room window.
My mom and I are both major collectors of dishes. I am not saying I collect them because it was a learned behavior. I am just saying I like dishes. I love the colors of Fiesta-ware, the beauty of plain traditional white and I was handed down by my dear Mother – in -Law TWO SETS of Christmas Dinnerware.
I did own a set of Halloween Stoneware but I donated that set last year. I kind of had no where to put it.
I currently use the white traditional for the holidays. I do not oddly enough have enough place settings to use the Christmas dishes. I have decided to hand down those dishes to my boys. I need my precious space these will be stored in the attic.
How many sets of dishes do you own? Are there some mismatches you could let go of and donate?
Flatware is not my passion but a necessity I have an every day set and a set I keep just for company because I know the spoons will not end up in the backyard and the forks hopefully will stay in the slots and not end up in the trash can.
*Tip: If you have little ones and you are using up leftover paper Birthday plates make sure you get you metal fork back or let them use a disposable. This goes for teenagers, young adults and husbands as well. Yep, this is how forks get lost. Oh and you can check the Lego box and your teens desk drawers.
How many forks does one family need? There are never enough.
*Tip If you are shopping for a new set of flatware I suggest finding a store that has open stock for future replacements.
Now let’s get to the challenge:
Set your timer for 5-10 minutes and rid yourself of damaged flatware and broken or chipped dishes. A tiny chip in stoneware may not matter much, its totally up to you of course. This should not take long at all.If you have way too many dishes and are hoarding them like rubber bands and egg trays ( what is it about collectors and their obsession with rubber bands and egg trays?) then decide how many you need for every day and how many you can store for special occasions for easier clean-up.Again, this is totally your call. Generally, folks throw away a broken dish or a fork that was chewed up in the garbage disposal. But you never know. Sometimes folks just need a little boost. I know I do.I would never go ahead and decide to store those Christmas Dishes if I was not writing this blog. I would just walk by that cabinet and wish I had that space for storing things I actually use all the time.
Now, If I had a bigger house with one of those mega China cabinets this story might be moving in a different direction. But alas, I have what I have and I am very happy with the whole lot.
p.s. If your dinnerware and flatware are already cluttered then use this time for another 100 pick-up!