It’s what the stores call all that stuff we might possibly need IF we were putting on a grand feast.
Which of course we’re not.
And even when we are – at Christmas or whenever – do we actually use all this stuff?
Hmmm … me neither.
I mean, for example, I had 9 BIG serving bowls.
One lived on top of the microwave full of junk.
Two hadn’t been used in FIVE years.
AND another two I hadn’t used ever.
But oh boy they were taking up space.
And gathering dust.
And then there’s my mum.
She had THREE toast racks.
And yet I swear – honest to god – I NEVER in my whole life saw her put a toast rack on the table!
Sound familiar, yeh?
So today we’re looking for just 10 things in our tableware we’re ready to let go.
If you’re following along with my quick daily declutter, read on. BUT if you’re new do hop back and read how just 10 things can help you declutter easily.
Just 10 Things – Tableware
As always we’ll stick to the just 10 things rules:
- Take 5 minutes or so, 15 minutes max
- Open our eyes to the tableware gathering dust on our shelves
- And without yanking stuff out
- Spot anything we’re ready to let go
Ask yourself whether you really want to hand over ALL that lovely space?
To something broken or unloved that you know in your heart of hearts never will be used.
And look out for any of these you will be happier without …
- Serving bowls
- Serving plates
- Serving spoons
- Cheese boards
- Sauce boats
- Toast racks
- Smart dinner ware
- Pan stand
- Butter dishes
- Serving boards
Get everything you’re letting go straight into your donation box for your weekly charity drop.
Or if you want to sell it add it to your sell list.
BUT don’t worry if you hit a mental block.
Remember the just 10 things method is ALL about quickly spotting the clutter in plain sight we are actually ready to let go.
Every day we let something go it gets easier.
And tomorrow we will let go more.
But to give yourself a little nudge, read on.
A Little Nudge
Common mental blocks when we’re letting go of tableware are:
- It cost a fortune
- Someone gave it to me
- It was my mother’s or my grandmothers
Let’s quickly talk through them.
And gently question our thoughts.
We still might not be to ready to let go.
That’s totally fine.
Just by asking ourselves these questions we loosen the grip clutter has on our happiness …
It cost a fortune
I want to get value for my money and don’t like to waste it but …
- Do I get value from china gathering dust?
- What’s the price of clutter to my wellbeing?
- Would I get more value by taking just a little bit of time to sell these things?
Someone gave it to me
Someone gave me this to make me happy …
- Does storing it bring me any happiness?
- Would it bring me happiness if I did use it?
- Would they want me to be unhappy?
It was my mother’s
My mother would have done everything to protect me from unhappiness …
- Would she have wanted me to suffer because my home was so full of clutter?
- Will her love be any less if I let it go?
- Will her memory be less strong without it?
- If I could cherish only 5 things of hers, would this be one of them?
- Will it bring any happiness to my children?