It’s Day 7 – almost a quarter of our way through the challenge – and by now, you’re really beginning to see the rewards of doing smaller projects every day! Today we’re tackling your CROCKERY items, something that most of us will readily admit to having in excess!
Included in today’s challenge are: plates, bowls, side plates, cups, mugs, salad bowls and platters. I have items divided between my kitchen and dining room – and often hit a bit of a stumbling block when sorting them out, because many items are quite sentimental. We have inherited a dinner service from both my gran and Stephen’s gran, have loads of salad bowls and serving platters because we both love to entertain, not to mention having enough mugs to keep the entire neighbourhood caffeinated daily.
Let’s just stop for a second and remind ourselves WHY we are doing this 30-day challenge.
- It’s not to temporarily tidy our “stuff” only to have it get untidy again within a week or two
- We understand that clutter causes stress
- We fully get that we have an overabundance of items that we have been blessed with
- Holding onto sentimental items by stuffing them in cupboards and never using them, makes no sense whatsoever
- We keep only those things that “spark joy”, are used at least every 6 months or are lovingly displayed where we can appreciate them
So back to our crockery. Once again – we are going to SUBTRACT, SUBTRACT, SUBTRACT. The question here is: “Will I use it in the next 6 months? Or should I donate it to another home where it will be used?” Quickly add up how many mugs you will need to cope with your biggest dinner party – use that number as your target. Do the same with your dinner plates and bowls, salad bowls and serving platters. If you find yourself keeping things for “one day” or “just in case”, picture how you want those particular cupboards to look and how you want to FEEL when you open those cupboard doors. Ask yourself if these items fit in with your vision of this space, and if not, add them to your donate pile.
Personally, my aim was to reduce my crockery items by one third. And I think I came pretty close! It feels as if everything I have left will be used more regularly, and I have a healthy pile of items in the donate pile of my garage, ready to be rehomed at the end of the challenge!