Dump the contents of your kitchen utensil drawer onto the table or counter and look for duplicates. Although some people will insist that you only need a single spatula, you may find that you use and appreciate having the different sizes.
However, if you have two that are the same size, are you really using them at the same time (and couldn’t you rinse one between uses)?
Do you have multiple can openers because when one started to stick you bought a new one, but then decided the original one was still “good enough” to continue using? Keep the best.
While going through your utensils, you may find some things that aren’t duplicates but that you just don’t use. You have biscuit cutters, but you usually use a glass? Eliminate the biscuit cutters.
Not certain whether or not you use something? (Chances are you don’t … if you used it, you’d know.) Set it in a box and if you don’t go looking for the item in the next six months, you probably don’t need it. Still not sure? Put the utensils with your holiday cookware/bakeware. If you don’t use it then, you really don’t.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.