If you have decluttered even one time, you have certainly come across something and wondered, “Why do I have this?” In today’s feature post Colleen Madsen shares some reasons we have clutter, and then looks at the types of items where these reasons come into play.
Here are the reasons she shares:
- Recreation & Entertainment
One type of clutter Collen discusses is Kitchen Gadgets.
These of course have a function, the question is whether or not we actually have a “need” for that function. Once again Western Society tends to dictate that life is easier if we have a tool that speeds up performing every little task required of us. And it is the job of advertisers to convince us that such items can actually do this for us by only showing us the upside, imagined or not, of owning such items. Hence we end up with a gazillion single-use kitchen gadgets that we only “require” once in a blue moon that don’t really save us enough time to warrant the amount of room they take up, the time wasted trying to find the one you “need” among all the others or the money wasted on acquiring them.
One of my clutter pet-peeves is the single purpose item. If you use a single purpose item daily, then great, you found one that might not be clutter, but I’m guessing 95% of the single purpose items in your kitchen go unused for 95% of the time. One example in our home was a food processor. Some people may use something like that on a regular basis, but we didn’t. We typically use a knife for cutting and chopping, and sometimes we buy stuff pre-chopped.
We got rid of the food processor last year. Since that time, I found one time where I needed to use it to chop up pecans for Christmas cookies, and I made due with our blender instead. The blender wasn’t perfect for this task, but it did the job and I didn’t need to keep an extra rarely used appliance in our kitchen.
You can read more of Colleen’s thoughts on why we have clutter here: Clutter, Why?
Your weekend challenge is to stroll through your kitchen (or perhaps dig through your kitchen cabinets) and find a single purpose item that never (or very rarely) gets used. Grab that guy, march him right out the door, and don’t stop until you reach your local donation center.