The Crankee Yankee is going to renovate our ancient kitchen while I’m in Hawaii next month (I know, sweet deal, huh?). So I have been busy going through all the dusty stuff in our cabinets (which do NOT have doors, therefore the dust is astounding). I swear that I have not even looked at some of the stuff way up on the top shelves for over ten years.
So, while standing on our kitchen step-stool, I brought down the dusty glassware, bowls, salt and pepper shakers, creamers and candle holders. Not only were they filthy, but I realized that I had never used them in all the years we have lived in the house! What in the heck was I holding onto them for?
So I went through the top cupboards, emptying out everything. Then I washed and rinsed all the crud off every piece. The Crankee Yankee had thoughtfully brought out a cardboard box and a big plastic container with a lid; the cardboard box was for the stuff we didn’t use or like. The other container was for the stuff we do like and use, which will go into our new cabinets.
I’d say that I only kept about 5% of that stuff because 1) I liked them, 2) they are useful, and 3) some pieces are very sentimental to me. But even those must have a purpose or they are gone.
Case in point: years ago when I was still living at home, my mom saved up to buy a set of gorgeous Waterford crystal wine glasses. At the time, they were $8 each; a monstrous price! (Today the same pattern is upwards of $80 each!) But she bit the bullet and bought them. We all loved them, used them, and felt like royalty.
I cleaned all the remaining wine glasses and carefully wrapped them up and gently placed them in the “To Keep” box. Once our new cabinets (with doors!) are in, they will reside in dustless glory, to be used and loved all over again.
Just the top shelves of three of our cabinets are now cleaned out; only the dust remains. I took five boxes of stuff to our local “we’ll-take-anything-you-drop-off” place. I lugged in six (count ’em, six boxes). May they brighten and cheer someone else’s home.