While growing up, my family did not order much take-out food; however, as my parents aged, they got more take-out meals. These meals often came with those wrapped packages containing a napkin, fork, knife, spoon, and packets of salt and pepper.
They didn’t use these utensils, but they held onto them “just in case.” They had bags and containers filled with these packets of utensils.
Now, at the location where I worked, we held an annual fundraiser on Mother’s Day – a nature walk followed by a simple pancake breakfast. Because of health codes, we used paper plates and plastic utensils for the breakfast.
I decided to ask my mother if she would donate all these unused plastic utensils to the event; I was relieved that she agreed. At work, I opened the packets and removed the flatware.
We had more than enough forks, spoons, and knives for the one hundred participants.
Yes, my parents had saved over a hundred sets of flatware … and they still had some at the house for “just in case.”
Use these utensils when you get take-out – or toss them. If you have saved these utensils, use them at your next cookout, tuck them into the family’s lunchboxes, or let kids use the utensils instead of paintbrushes to create art.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.