I had a roasting rack. Thingy.
It came with the oven. Attached to the door.
It got in the way EVERY time I used the oven.
As I had to take it out to put anything in.
And THEN it got in the way on the worktop.
I think I used it twice in seven years.
But I never thought to let it go?
WHY on earth not?
I reckon because it came with the oven, I thought I ought to use it.
And that was enough to make me keep a thing I never used that caused a heap of hassle.
But the ought to use it thought lies behinds lots of our clutter. Especially cooking stuff.
So having let go of pans yesterday, we’re focused on pots – & related oven stuff – today.
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 – Pots
As always …
… we’re sticking to our 5 golden rules …
- Take 5 minutes or so – 15 minutes MAX
- Focus on our pots
- Open our eyes to all the unused ones
- And without yanking stuff out
- Spot anything we’re ready to let go
Keep your eyes peeled for any of these pans you will be happier without …
- Oven dishes
- Roasting tins
- Roasting racks
- Flan dishes
- Carving tray
- Stock pot – no names, but I know someone with a stock pot still in its box in their garage. You know who you are 😉
- Oven liner
- Microwave dishes
Especially those you’re holding onto because you think you ought to use them.
Just pop those you’re letting go in your charity bag. Or on your sell list.
But if it’s too early.
And you’re NOT quite ready yet, no worries.
You’ve opened your eyes to your version of my roasting rack.
The stuff we take for granted we have to keep.
You might not be ready to let go today.
But you may well be in a few weeks time.
Or if you need a little extra nudge, read on.
A Little Nudge
Common beliefs that stop us letting go of pots are:
- It’s part of a set, I don’t want to break it up
- It cost a lot of money, I don’t want to waste it
Let’s gently question those beliefs and see how they stack up.
It’s part of a set
Sets of stuff can occasionally be useful.
BUT mostly they’re just a marketing trick to get us to spend our hard earned cash on three things rather than one.
The set doesn’t have value in itself.
It only has value if all its part are useful to us.
If they’re not. We are free to split it up.
We matter more than the thing.
It cost a lot of money
We will come back to this belief over and over.
It’s a big one.
So we need to keep nudging it …
- Am I getting value for money by storing it?
- Does that storage come at a price?
- Will it lose value if I hold onto it rather than selling it now?
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Hi, Just wanting to let you know how much I’m appreciating your ‘Just 10 things’ posts, ..Well, your whole website actually!
I’ve been completing the mini tasks most nights after my child has settled, and each little step is giving me a thrill the following morning; Such a joy to wake up to see space where clutter once was! (With no additional mess created on the way!)
I may not have decluttered as much as I did last school holiday, but this time I am returning to work not feeling burned out, with no guilt that I haven’t spent enough day time doing things with my child, and with enthusiasm to keep going! ..(I’ve actually found myself looking forward with curiousity to what the next little focus will be!)
Thank you so much for taking time to share your stratagies and thoughts online.
Oh Maxine that’s fantastic! You have totally made my day. Like you, I love the little thrill it gives me everyday from clearing forgotten things so easily. Keep going, best wishes Alice