Last year I was talking to a group about decluttering. When someone asked for my best tip to avoid having clutter return, I suggested not buying new stuff unless they were replacing an item. (Cue horrified looks.)
One woman insisted that if she saw a kitchen gadget that advertised saving a few seconds a day, she was going to buy it because she was busy and needed to save time.
Now, I kind of love watching commercials for kitchen gadgets that promise to save you time (make a salad in 10 seconds!). I don’t get swayed to buy them, oh, but sometimes I’m so tempted.
My last gadget was a spice carousel that promised to measure out herbs and spices with a flick of your thumb. Only the leafy herbs wouldn’t come out of the opening and the ground spices leaked out. It was this messy experiment, the one that soured me on a lot of gadgets.
When I spent a year waffling over buying a spiralizer to make vegetable “noodles,” I finally thought to ask my husband if he’d eat “zoodles.” After explaining that veggies would make a healthy substitute for pasta, he nixed the idea. Well, that saved some money and space in my drawer.
Today, sort through your drawer(s) of kitchen gadgets. Does each gadget earn its keep? Toss things that don’t work and donate items that you never use.