The One Month Cardboard Box Test from Peter Walsh’s book It’s All Too Much

In his book, It’s All Too Much, Peter Walsh offers a simple test to determine what kitchen utensils you are using and what can go:

Not sure what you use and what you don’t?  Here is a tried and true way to find out.  Empty the contents of your kitchen utensil drawers into a cardboard box.  For one month, only put a utensil back into the drawer if you take it out of the box to use it.  At the end of the month seriously consider discarding everything that’s still in the cardboard box.  Face it: If it’s still in the box after four weeks, you don’t need it!

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This is a great tip for helping reduce the number of stirring spoons and spatuals that may accumulate.  I will admit that there are items such as an apple slicer that I do not use monthly, but I will keep as it is immensely helpful when making apple pies.  You will likely have items along those lines.  Just be honest about the likelihood of you using the utensil in the future.

Hillary Adams CaseHillary Adams Case is a Professional Organizer with Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

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