At one point did you notice that you were missing several forks, spoons, or knives, so you went out and purchased a new set or some replacement pieces? Maybe you still have the mismatched set from your first apartment.
Because these items are so useful, you may have never bothered to weed through your flatware. However, if the flatware organizer in your kitchen drawer is overflowing with forks after you empty the dishwasher, it may be time to pick out the excess.
Like with plates, consider how many people are in your home, how often you entertain, and how often you wash the dishes and flatware to figure out what you need to keep on hand.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.