There are three things I am taking into account during this purge:
- Do I use it? or Do I use it regularly?
- Is there something else I have that will work just as well?
- Do I need this particular one or do I need to replace it with something else?
The first thing to go as a result of this little quiz was our metal vegetable strainer that fits over the sink. It was spending more time as a baby toy than being put to practical use. So off it goes to the thrift store. Here is another tool I never use. I bought this clip-on spoon holder with the best of intentions. I probably wouldn't have gotten it if it weren't for the fact that I was spending wedding present money. But I did buy it, and it has been decorating my utensil container ever since. I used it a couple times when I first got it, but mostly out of the novelty of it. The problem is that it is just too much work to get the spoon hooked into the device. I'm the type that wants to give the pot a quick stir, set the spoon down, and move on to other things. Plus, it's in the way if I want to put the lid on the pot. I'll admit, I staged the shot below. As you can see, I already had a spoon I was using to stir and a measuring cup for scooping. This is a tool that only does one thing, and its services are not required in this house. So off it goes.