How do I know if this is trash? – Kitchen Edition
It’s an ambitious project, remodeling the kitchen. Who knew how much stuff you had? Maybe you inherited some of it … you sure don’t remember buying this much.
Is this from … our wedding? I’ve never seen it since then, I thought we lost it.
Picking through old kitchen equipment can be amusing, and it can trigger old and powerful memories. Sorting through memories, functionality, and practicality can be a difficult journey. But you can’t take it all with you.
Here’s a quick guide to deciding if what you have found is garbage, or great.
Did you just dig up a third set of dishes? Well, not a ‘set’ exactly, but these certainly match each other in some sort of way, though there are pieces missing.
Ask yourself – is this part of an heirloom or family keepsake-quality set? If not: Trash
Are there specific useful pieces that are missing from your regular set? Say, for instance, corn holders, or a gravy boat. These are useful spares. Keep
About to tear out the cabinets and think you might have a place to use them? If you can readily identify where you will hang them, and when, and with whom: Keep
But these are in pretty good shape someone might want to buy them. If you have a buyer: Keep
You’re SURE a buyer is out there … somewhere: Trash
Old small appliances
I thought we threw out this old toaster. It still works! Great, no one will mind this little bit of rust, right? Yes, they will mind: Trash
No rust, still works? Donate / Garage Sale
“I wonder if this old hand mixer is worth something.” Don’t have all the original parts? Trash
But I’ve got this one recipe I used to make with this specific appliance, I wonder if I should dust it off, it’s only been ten years. Donate / Garage Sale
Old big appliances
Big appliances are a reliable item – generally there is someone somewhere who wants it. You could take advantage of the system in your community (if it exists) where they take away large appliances, but there will be better options almost every time.
Ask yourself why you are replacing it. Does it work, but not as well as you would like? Are you just getting a new color of kitchen and it does not fit in anymore? Donate
Perhaps it has a few surface scratches but was working fine? Donate
Now this old refrigerator just quit working and we had to get it replaced the next day to prevent the loss of all our groceries. A refrigerator has important and expensive components, some of which might be harmful in a dump. Donate
Do you have a complete set? Donate / Garage Sale
Incomplete set? Missing a lid or two? It’s just a ‘tiny’ stain? Trash
But … Trash.
No one wants your old Tupperware.
Spring cleaning can be fun. Go in with your neighbors and rent a 10-yard truck for the neighborhood today!