Kitchen

A bag to put unloved items for the thrift shop

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

I have a large plastic bag that sits on the kitchen floor.

In it, I place items that are meant for the thrift shop.

When it is full, I will take it over for someone else to make better use of the stuff and, in this way, I keep the clutter in my kitchen down.

I have written on this topic before but kitchen clutter is an unending task that needs as many useful tips.

The underlying principle - everything has a place in the kitchen but it is finite.

I limit my shelves for recycled jars to two. Beyond that, the jar is put into the recycling bin.

And each time I buy something new, another must be donated or binned.

This is a daily effort, hence that plastic bag so that every unnecessary item is placed there immediately before I change my mind.

Really, life is too short to keep all these unloved items. Stuff in that bag now includes:

Duplicates: Five identical corkscrews found in my wine accessory drawer, umpteen plastic spoons used to eat kiwi fruit with and plastic orange peelers.

Outgrown: My son's kiddy plastic ware. He is already 42 and I don't think he needs them anymore.

Unloved stuff: Free mugs and other cups, never used because they never seemed "right".

• Items that no longer work: A "non-stick" pan that now sticks, chipped enamel ware, mangy tea towels, burnt oven gloves and anything with a missing part.

Sylvia Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2016, with the headline 'A bag to put unloved items for the thrift shop'. Print Edition | Subscribe