Sometimes the household clutter problem is not just volume. Longevity also matters. This category has staying power. Unfortunately for you, these long term occupants are not paying rent. Underused and underappreciated gift-ware (UUGs) are classic examples of articles who overstay their welcome. Engagement and wedding showers supply a hefty amount of this CRUD (Completely Ridiculous Useless Debris) responsible a good deal interior congestion. Those of us who took our first set of marriage vows several decades ago are among the most susceptible to keeping still unopened presents in reserve. Here are some possible explanations for the behavior.
- You had no idea of where they could be returned and now it is too late
- You kept it because you were afraid of offending the giver
- You cannot get to them because they are buried under 4 heavy boxes you can’t lift
- You were mistakenly saving them for your children
- You use them once in a blue moon
- You completely forgot they existed
Let us give you examples of the “once in a blue moon variety”: punch-bowl, chip and dip and fondue sets. You may notice a common thread. All three are typically larger than a breadbox and are dredged up for entertaining at parties and gatherings. Each of the aforementioned also boasts at least one component that can easily go astray. What use is an oversized greasy plastic bowl minus the container for onion dip designed nest inside? Do you have any idea of where the majority of the fondue forks have disappeared? How many cups are missing from the punch bowl set due to breakage or re-purposing? Can you afford to devote that much room to clutter of marginal value?
There is a high probability that these gifts loitering on top shelves or in lockers can be found in their original packaging. Getting reacquainted with boxes from stores that have been shuttered for decades may produce nostalgia of a bygone era. Don’t let that de-rail you. Treat the experience as a second chance to clear out what no longer deserves to live in your home. When you are examining your underappreciated gifts apply the criteria we outlined in the first portion of this blog. If you answered in the affirmative, use that as the impetus to donate, sell or recycle the item in question. Finally, don’t be concerned with hurting the feelings of the giver. Either you are no longer in touch or she has no recollection of said purchase.