Welcome to the 30-Day Organize-athon!
In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to freshen up your crockery and glassware.
Remember: take a deep breath and think clarity, freedom and order, as you go.
Day 6: Freshen Up Your Crockery & Glassware
Step 1: Get a garbage bag and line it with some newspaper.
Step 2: Quickly scan your crockery and glassware. Put into your bag any bowls, plates, cups, saucers, mugs or glasses that are:
- In poor condition
- Ugly promotional items.
Step 3: Place your bag in the trash or empty it into the recycle bin as appropriate.
Step 4: If you need to replace any items, make a note on your shopping list.
Step 5: Do a quick tidy of your remaining crockery and glassware so that:
- Similar things are together, and
- Most commonly used items are most easily accessible.
And you’re done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Decide to abandon your ‘special occasion’ stash.
- If you have glasses, crockery or other items you only use for special occasions, consider abandoning this idea.
- If the items are too delicate or not your taste, perhaps you could donate them?
- If they’re nice and usable, perhaps you could integrate them with your everyday stuff and get pleasure out of them more regularly? You’ll also save yourself the trouble of packing them away after every use.
Now won’t meals be more pleasurable?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Don’t overthink. Let it go!
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268 thoughts on “30-Day Organize-athon | Day 6: Freshen Up Your Crockery & Glassware”
Gotta say your Step 2 is a heartbreaking kind of decluttering but a lot can go through that just to get to Step 5. It’s nice to imagine having well organized and classified sets of glassware stored in your hanging glass cabinet.. had fun reading this. Thanks, Michele!
Whoo hoo, part one of this done. My husband and I went to Home Goods and picked out new glasses. We have decided to “clean out” our mismatched array of glasses, plastic cups and clutter. We will keep 6 small blue acrylic cups for the youngin’s and the glassware that is a complete matched set, plus the new stuff. Everything else will be tossed the day we move next Wednesday.
Love it Stacey! New, matched, organized stuff for the move. 🙂
OK I have spent more that 5 minutes on this (but I am struggling to contain myself on these tasks), what do you do with that weird set of glasses you aren’t ever going to use, but when the folks from Oz arrive they look for the little gifts they have sent you and are upset when they can’t find them? And the items your partner also doesn’t want to get rid of – obviously I have kept them – but how do I stop my eyes straying to them as a “not really done” thing…I know I am a perfectionist! Also I can’t abandon the ‘special occasion”‘ stash, the stash is all neatly displayed or out but I don’t want to run the risk of not having enough place settings for the big dinner parties becuase I was using them all year and broke a few? Head is buzzing today 🙂
Great questions Amanda – things I’ve asked myself too.
Re the gifts, this post might help: http://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2012/06/unwanted-gift-guide-how-to-preempt-when-to-give-away-and-what-to-regift/.
Re the partner-wants-to-keep-but-it’s-ugly stuff, I keep those special items in a cupboard, out of sight. 🙂
Re the ‘special occasion’ stash, I think it’s a balance. If you entertain large parties often enough that it’s worth having a separate set, then having that set seems smart to me. My purpose in this post is to get people to use and ENJOY what they have. Sounds like you do! 🙂
This is one of those areas, I always feel is just not done in my house. I got remarried 3 years ago. We got the complete set of twelve dinner dishes and bowls, but not the mugs or salad dishes that went with them. Now they are no longer made and I’m on a hunt for something that “goes”. My glasses and mugs are a mess too. This is not a 5 minute project and will have to go on the summer “hunt” list. I have written it on the “shopping” list, not that it makes it done ~ but in my house writing it down is half the battle.
If it’s more of a project, then it’s smart that you’ve written it down and allocated a time to do it. I bet you’ll feel so good when it’s done! 🙂
Done! This was pretty easy as I keep my kitchen neat and organized. It is to small for a mess.