Recently, I spent a five days with a dear friend of mine who asked for some help in decluttering and organizing her home. While we were devising a game plan, her daughter stopped by for a visit and joked about the unused waffle maker that has been taken up valuable space in the kitchen cabinet for many years.
That's when my friend became a client and I started to ask her some questions.
I asked her when was the last time she used it? She explained that while she loved it, that it is a pain to use because you can only make one waffle at a time and that it took forever to prepare waffles for her family.
I then asked her if that was the case, why keep it?
She tried to defend her decision by explaining that since both of her children had moved out that she would finally be able to use it again to prepare breakfast for her and her husband.
Knowing that she and her husband are in the process of moving and that the next few years will be very busy for them, I challenged her on that. That's when she admitted that yes, it would probably be a few more years before she had a chance to use it again.
Up until my visit, my friend had already done in amazing job of decluttering herself. I also know that she loves to bake, so after a few more jokes, I rest my case.
The next morning, much to my surprise, I heard her yell up the stairs, "Debbie, your waffle is ready!" I chuckled because I knew she had taken out and used the waffle maker (for the first time in years) to prove a point to me.
She had a big grin on her face as she served me my waffle and topped it with fresh fruit (which made for a delicious breakfast).
We enjoyed a few laughs about it and then she surprised me again when she said, "I'm glad you challenged me on this. While using it I realized how old it really is and that the heating light doesn't work anymore. It really is a big and bulky item and when the time comes, I really should invest in a newer model."
After that, she cleaned it up, packed it up and placed it in her donation pile.
I was so proud of her. Deep in her heart I believe she knew that she should eliminate this item. Firing it up for the first time in years gave her the validation needed to acknowledge that yes, it was time to let the Waffle Iron go.
Now it's your turn. I see that pasta maker that Aunt Betty bought you as a wedding gift over ten years ago. To this day, it still remains taped and unopened taking up valuable room in your cabinet.
I can also see a few impulse purchase like the Cotton Candy Machine, Fondue Maker, S'mores Maker or Snow Cone Machine that you had to have but yet it remains in the kitchen unloved and unused.
I can already hear the most common excuse as to why you can't let the item go is, "But I spent good money on it!" Do you like being reminded of the money you wasted every time you look at that item? Of course not.
Stop pleading the fifth put these items to good use by donating it to your local food kitchen, children's campsite, local charity, or Salvation Army. You'll instantly feel better knowing you brightened someone's day who will appreciate your item. Case Closed.
What small kitchen appliance are you guilty on purchasing that remains unopened or unused. Honestly, many years ago we had purchased a Ronco Showtime Rotisserie.
While I did use it a few times, it was big, bulky and hard to clean. After trying my best to figure where to store it when not in use, I finally sold it a yard sale to someone who's Rotisserie had just broke. Now that's what I call a win-win situation.