Today's mission is to declutter serving dishes, to keep your kitchen or dining room from being cluttered, and only keeping what you love and actually use.
You may work on this mission as you work on decluttering and organizing your kitchen cabinets, your dining room, or when you're getting ready for a big party or holiday get together, and plan to use some of these larger serving dishes for a big event.
Of course, you can also do this mission whenever you want, and feel the need!
If you haven't gotten some of these typically large and bulky serving items out of their storage spots for years, they're dusty and half-forgotten, this is a mission you know you really need to do! So let's begin today!
Similar and related mission within the Declutter 365 calendar are to declutter dishes in your home, along with missions to declutter cups and glasses, declutter mugs and coffee cups, as well as to to declutter and organize silverware.
Check out the declutter dishes mission for lots more general information on decluttering these types of items.
So how does this mission, to declutter serving dishes, fit in with all those other related missions?
It's really meant as a catch all, for those often large and bulky items that you use when serving larger groups, such as serving bowls for family meals, or items that you use when you've got guests or are hosting parties, such as to put out appetizers, dessert trays, or even for smaller serving dishes, like for condiments and sauces.
Here are examples of some of the types of items I imagine you might look through today, to decide if these things will stay in your home, or get purged.
The sky's the limit, so just look around at what you have, and if you haven't dealt with whatever serving dishes you've got, as part of one of those other related missions, today is your day!
Please note, we also have a mission to declutter china and silver. Some of your serving dishes may fit into this category, so get more information about these types of dishes or serving pieces in that mission article.
Now that you understand the types of serving dishes you're considering today, the next thing you've got to know is how to decide what to keep versus what to get rid of.
The main thing I want you to ask yourself, as you look through these serving dishes, is "how often do I use this?"
If you use it regularly, or even use it just once a year, but consistently do use it for the annual holiday party, for example, chances are these are the types of serving dishes you should keep.
If, on the other hand you have serving dishes you haven't used in years, or while you used to use the item annually, but you haven't thrown that particular get together for years, and therefore it's been collecting dust, it is most likely time to part with it.
After you get rid of things you don't use frequently enough to justify keeping, you may have decluttered enough to be able to easily store the rest of the items.
On the other hand, these types of serving dishes are often large, and therefore bulky, so if you need to further reduce the total to fit into your storage space available, then ask yourself, "do I really love it, or does it work well?" If you've got two punch bowls, and you absolutely love one, and the other one you find to be wobbly, or hideous looking, guess which one you should keep?
Further, if you've got duplicates, and only need one at a time, not both, get rid of the one you don't like as well, and keep the other.
Keep decluttering until you can fit stuff into the storage space you've designated for these types of serving dishes.
If you need to find more space in these areas for these serving containers, you can check out these articles with tips for decluttering these areas at the links:
A good rule of thumb is that the less frequently you need to use the item, the more difficult it should be to access. That's because the items you use regularly, or daily, should be in the easiest places to access.
So it's helpful to store frequently use serving dishes somewhere easy to access within your cabinets, close to where you'll use them. So for example, a big serving bowl you use for salad almost every evening for your family, should be in an easy to reach kitchen cabinet, in the kitchen since that's where the kitchen table is located. On the other hand, the serving platter you only use for Thanksgiving can be at the back of a kitchen cabinet, or very high up on a shelf, or very low on a shelf that's harder to reach, or even in a storage area in your home that you keep excess serving dishes in, just for use on rare occasions.
By using these criteria to decide where to store stuff, you'll make it as easy for yourself as possible on a daily basis to grab the stuff you use frequently.
Check out these photos from Declutter 365 participants who've already done this mission, to see how they did it, the results they achieved, and to get yourself inspired to tackle this task for yourself.
First, here are photos from a couple of readers, showing their results from this mission.
The top photo in the collage is from a reader, Tracy, who worked on decluttering and organizing the big top kitchen cabinet, above her stove, which is where she keeps her big bowls and platters.
The second photo in the collage is from another reader, Belinda, who went through quite a few of her kitchen cabinets and pulled out many serving dish items that were clutter for her, to get them out of the cabinets. As you can see, they were some pretty bulky items, so it really did make a lot of extra space within her cabinets for other things!
In addition, here's another photo from a reader, Ilene, that showed the results after she'd decluttered and organized the cabinet where she kept her serving bowls.
Notice how Ilene has made more room within her cabinets to store more of these serving dishes, by adding some extra shelf expanders within the cabinets, to allow stacking. This is a great way to keep youur cabinets organized, easy to pull the right things out without having to move other stuff, and also fit more items within the cabinets, all at once!
You can get shelf expanders here:
I hope seeing these pictures and instructions have inspired you to declutter your serving dishes, and keep only what you truly love and will use in the future for everyday meals with your family, and for holidays and special events with guests.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I encourage you to keep going.
I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
Often these types of serving dishes or used when you have parties, or guests, so a related mission you may also want to tackle is decluttering excess party supplies and decorations.
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