My great-aunt had flower-shaped soaps displayed in decorative jars in her bathroom. When she moved, she gave them to my mother, and so these became decorations in our cluttered bathroom.
Do you have soaps that are for display purposes only? Do they still fulfill your decorating interests, or have they been sitting in the same place for so long that you have stopped noticing them?
You may have lovely handmade soaps that you bought at a craft fair or that you received as a gift. These may have seemed so nice that you haven’t used them. Don’t save them; enjoy them!
If the soap is turning an ‘off’ color or is falling apart, it may be old and best scraped into the trash.
Only if this doesn’t apply to you: Pull a book off your shelf that you haven’t read and decide if you will start reading it today or if you will pass it along to a new owner.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.