Kitchen linen sounds a bit grand doesn’t it?
But I’m talking tea towels. Aprons. Oven gloves.
That kind of thing.
You can never have enough can you?
Errr … in my case. Yep.
I was giving oodles of space to 10 zillion raggy tea towels – OK not quite 10 zillion, but lots.
PLUS stuff it seemed nice to have.
Tablecloths. Nice napkins. Fancy coasters.
That I only used once in a blue moon.
And we all have lots of clutter like this.
Stuff that seems to sneak in and clone itself – like tea towels – without us ever really noticing.
And then stuff we like to imagine we will use.
Because they’re lovely.
But we never quite get round to it.
And they hog space.
And – eeek! – don’t actually get looked after.
So today in just 10 things we’re looking in our kitchen linen for clones who snuck in. PLUS nice-to-haves-but-never-used.
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 – Kitchen Linen
As always …
… we’re sticking to our 5 golden rules …
- Take 5 minutes or so – 15 minutes MAX
- Focus on our kitchen linen
- Open our eyes to all the clones and forgotten nice-to-haves
- And without yanking stuff out
- Spot anything we’re ready to let go
To really focus your energy look out for these …
- Tea towels
- Oven gloves
- Pot holders
- Tea cosies
- Table cloths & runners
- Napkin rings
We are NOT trying to clear the lot.
Just quickly spot no brainers we don’t need.
Or have completely forgotten about.
And get them in a charity bag. Bin. Or recycling.
Letting go of just a few will create space.
And let us see what we have so we can use it.
AND just 5 minutes letting a few quick things go, will make it even easier to let more clutter go. Tomorrow. And tomorrow. And tomorrow.
But for a little extra nudge now, read on.
A Little Nudge
When we’re letting go of kitchen linen we often get stuck because we think:
- We can never have enough
- It is nice to have nice things
But if we gently question these beliefs.
We may find another side to them.
Which causes problems for us.
We can never have enough
We don’t want to get stuck without a clean tea towel to dry the dishes but …
- Does it just mean I put off the laundry until it’s become massive job?
- Would it be easier to be on top off with less?
- Is it hygenic to have soggy stuff hanging around unwashed?
It’s nice to have nice things
It’s lovely to have nice stuff we take out and enjoy regularly but …
- What pleasure do I get from something unused in 5 years?
- Am I looking after my nice things? I had a “nice” white tablecloth unused in 6 years because of wine stains left I couldn’t get out.
- Do I have enough space to look after my nice things? Are they getting damaged in the way I have to store them.