I have been slowly working on some deep cleaning and decluttering. I felt I needed a little encouragement so I have been reading It's All Too Much. I found some helpful tips and agreed with much of the book until I reached the kitchen section. A list of rarely used kitchen items as included. I own seven of the items on the list. Here it is in case you are curious:
Ice Cream Maker*
I own the items with asterisks. The ice cream maker is the main seasonal item. It gets used almost weekly during the summer. I suppose I could do without the apple corer. The egg slicer is also a mushroom slicer and strawberry slicer around here. The waffle iron gets used monthly for a bulk cooking session of waffles which are frozen for use throughout the month. The slow cooker is used at least weekly. I have used it twice this past week. The bread machine.....I own three. Two are purchased from people who would probably agree that it is a rarely used item. I use mine a minimum of once a week. W is proud to tell everyone that I often have all three going at once.
These items do take up space in our home. All of them are well used however. I think the basic point of the book and good advice for decluttering is that if you use and/or truly love an item it is worth keeping. I have purchased items with good intentions and never used them as I imagined I would. I have struggled with guilt over the wasted money. Keeping but not using the item is not helping at all. Then there are the items that I use occasionally. Where is the line? I need to seriously think about what I have room to store. My house is mostly neat. I tend to do a bunch of things myself rather than buy them premade. Again it goes back to items actually being used.
I am looking forward to letting go of some things I have been holding onto when I start the Holiday Grand Plan later this month. The marked rarely used kitchen items will definitely be staying though!