No matter how many kitchen cabinets one has, nobody ever feels they have too much cupboard space. Perhaps these “space-challenged” folks should ask themselves whether they have too much stuff, as opposed to complaining about their tight quarters. When we help our clients to de-clutter and re-organize their kitchens, we take everything out and subject it all to rigorous scrutiny as part of our mission to eliminate C.R.U.D. Glassware maintains a high ranking among those items people save because they are too “good to throw away.”
The category is not limited to miss-matched drinking glasses and the last vestiges of expensive crystal. The glut is often the result of multiple decades’ savings of jam jars, canning supplies or simply soda and beer bottles that never actually made it to the recycling depot. Amongst the other usual suspects you are apt to find abandoned wine decanters, crusty Pyrex loaf pans and a chorus line of glass carafes – one from each and every electric drip coffeemaker you have ever owned.
As already indicated, these diverse objects have one thing in common. They all belong to the C.R.U.D.erhood of “things that are too good to throw away.” Forgotten glassware tends to inhabit the homes of people brought up to conserve. Jars, in particular, serve as a primary example as to how this preservation occurs. Jars can be re-purposed once the original contents have been consumed. That jumbo jar of cashews gets to live on as a new home for bulk rice or as a receptacle for screws. Truthfully, only a small percentage of jars make their way to a second career. Most remain in their petrified state under the sink, in top shelf or hard to reach locations in cabinets, crowding the pantry or wherever utilities like light bulbs are stored. People dutifully run them through the dishwasher taking care to remove labels. The action is automatic. Wash and save. Eventually, you simply run out of available space. No matter how noble the intention, keeping stuff around that no one uses or even knows about doesn’t do anyone any favours.
Your jar collection may extend beyond the confines of your kitchen. Either double bag a large garbage bag, or better still, find a carton or empty storage container for this C.R.U.D. reducing job. Head down to the basement where they may be collecting unused in the workshop. Check out the cabinets in your laundry area for more stow-aways. There is a strong probability you will locate even more jars in the shed and garage. Glass containers are recyclable, even if you don’t get back a deposit as you would for your wine bottles. Keep a few around to transfer contents from your next bulk food shopping expedition. Next time you have scraped the bottom of the peanut butter jar, try skipping the storage step and put the empty jar in the blue box to be whisked away.