9,200 things gone, only 800 to go
Was it me, who, just a few weeks ago, complained that I was running out of things to declutter? Whose house was I in?
This house, the one I’m taking inventory in, is a different place altogether. Putting a number on things is like turning a light on cockroaches. The clutter comes scuttling out of every crack and corner.
Honestly, revisiting the kitchen feels like I’m decluttering there for the first time. I found 31 things: candles, drinking glasses, mugs, pens, pencils, old forms etc. in the first few minutes of going through the cupboards.
I only made it as far as the overhead cupboards and the kid’s art cupboard before reaching my daily goal of 100 things and finding myself in a stalemate with my china.
I have three china patterns, two sets (87 and 36 pieces) and one stack of 8 dinner plates. At the beginning of the project, I planned to sell one set and keep the other but, today, I can’t remember which was which. That should be a clue to just how essential any of it is.
I use several pieces of the 87 piece set at Christmas so I decided to keep it but (a quick search on ebay revealed that) the set I don’t use is more valuable. Then I found that random stack of plates and threw in the towel.
This is where my china is now:
It was humbling putting it back in the cupboard. I’m not planning on keeping it all, I just couldn’t crack the code of what to keep and what to sell.
As usual, writing it down has cleared things up a bit. I really enjoy using a few pieces from each pattern. I think the key to my happiness might be to break up the sets.
“Don’t Do It!” I can hear the china collectors chanting from around the world.
Would you? Could you? Should I, break up a china pattern?
Here’s the kitchen inventory that I’ve completed so far:
China – I could open a store!
8 Royal Albert Moss Rose dinner plates
87 piece set P.T. Bavaria China – that’s right nearly enough to qualify for an entire decluttering day!
3 silver things – I’m not sure what they are, I’ll have to ask my mother
36 piece “blossom time” tea set
1 Royal Albert “Dundee Thistle” plate
Cupboard Above Coffee Maker
1 cleaning kit for the coffee maker
1 coffee maker manual
1 travel mug – I tossed 4 travel mug lids, I have no idea where the mugs went
12 everyday coffee mugs
2 special mugs for tea
7 multi colour Sharpies
1 ball point pen
1 calligraphy pen
7 current school notices
1 paper stack for notes
Kid’s Art Cupboard
Pattern #1 – Everyday
5 dinner plates
4 salad plates
4 cereal bowls
4 pasta dishes
Pattern #2 – Everyday
8 dinner plates
7 salad plates
8 pasta dishes
2 serving bowls
5 custard cups
Pattern #3 – Fancy
6 fancy mugs with saucers
4 fancy dessert bowls
4 fancy dessert plates
5 fancy dinner plates
2 tea pots – for entertaining
1 gravy boat
3 beer glasses
3 beer mugs
2 small wine glasses
2 high ball glasses
1 glass shaker cup – for when I actually take my Greens drink
11 adult water glasses
6 child size drinking glasses
1 mortar and pestle
1 olive oil/balsamic vinegar bottle
1 shot glass full of toothpicks
This cupboard makes me happy. To me, this is the perfect ratio of white space to things.
What I tossed today: 63 things from the kids art cupboard, 31 things from the kitchen cupboards. So I’m short a couple of things, I’ll make it up tomorrow with the china!