If you have duplicate pans and you don’t use both at the same time, keep the best and donate the other. Do you have pots and pans that you can’t remember the last time you used? You may have inherited or been given cookware that seemed useful and so you kept it, but you never use it.
Once a year, my grocery store gives away cookware – receive stickers for every ten dollars you spend and redeem them on pots and pans. Great if you are replacing an old pan, otherwise, it’s more stuff to move around when you’re trying to find a skillet.
A hint that you don’t use a pan – you don’t store it in your kitchen; instead, it’s kept in another room. Out of sight, out of mind? Maybe you used to use it, but life changed, and you don’t host big holiday dinners where you need a roasting pan. It’s okay to pass items along to people who will use them.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.