Today should be an absolute breeze after yesterday’s crockery challenge – because we are tackling our GLASSWARE. Yes, each and every drinking glass, wine glass, vase, bowl, decanter, jug and baking dish will receive your intense focus today.
This was quite a tough challenge for me, in that I seem to have an alarming amount of glasses. A few years ago, I began collecting “themed” items for various dinner parties, and have since acquired pink wine glasses, blue wine glasses, clear recycled wine glasses, yellow drinking tumblers, blue drinking tumblers, pink drinking tumblers – I have no idea what I was thinking! OBVIOUSLY it makes sense to buy clear glass – it’s so much less stressful when one breaks and far easier to replace.
As my mother-in-law would say, “I’ve created a rod for my own back!”
To be honest, I was on the verge of replacing all our daily drinking glasses because they are mismatched and some have a few chips. But instead, I have chosen to migrate our “special” coloured glasses from the dining room to use instead. Other than my grandmother’s dinner service, I’m moving away from keeping things for “special”. Everything I own must be used and used well!
I was also astounded at just how many vases I own. Hand on my heart, I own 22. TWENTY TWO! I never have more than three bunches of flowers in vases at any one point – and even then, I hardly ever have fresh flowers in the house these days! If I need a pop of colour, I tend to buy a flowering potted plant instead, because they last longer. So yes, I had a lot of soul searching to do, and my donate pile grew enormously once I was done!
Be ruthless and don’t be afraid to go through your “keep” pile a second or third time once you have finished. If it hasn’t been used in the past 6 months, definitely consider donating it. If it hasn’t been used in the past year, it’s a no-brainer! Into the donate pile it goes!