My mother saved every glass bottle and jar that she ever emptied. We had bins and bags of jars stored under the basement stairs. I was planning my wedding the year after she died, trying to figure out how to cut costs. I decided to use the collection of jars as part of my centerpiece.
I dragged the jars home and sorted them by size and style. I had enough jars that I could have put a collection of five on each of the ten tables (and still had leftovers), but I decided to use three on each table (each jar filled with a couple inches of Reese’s Pieces and a battery-operated votive candle).
I probably recycled more jars that I used. In an odd way, this included my mother as part of my wedding day.
If you keep glass bottles and jars because they seem useful, try to use them. If you never use them, recycle them.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Look for an item that you keep because it seems useful and eliminate at least half of what you have stored.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.