Decluttering China


If you didn’t know, I often post today’s declutter action step from the Declutter Calendar on the My Simpler Life Facebook Page. This past week I posted, “Declutter china you don’t use”.

This was actually quite controversial. Some people said you should use it instead. I love that idea of using your beautiful things. Someone else said she wouldn’t use it as it’s not her style.

One person said they were unfollowing? In jest, I’m not sure.

Quite a few people said they feel they should, but can’t bring themselves to do it. I think china often falls under sentimental items. You can deal with it the way you would other items like that. Decide how much of your home you want to use to store or display the past, and curate what you keep. Almost everyone has sentimental items. If you want to keep your china – go for it.

I love when you are able to display or at least store carefully the sentimental items. Too often they end up gathering dust, getting broken or not easily found. So if you keep your china or other sentimental items decide what you will do with them.

I always consider the Declutter Calendar as a guide. If you don’t know what to declutter today, look at the calendar and get a nudge. You never, ever have to declutter what’s on that day or anything else. We can’t know what’s important or useful for another person.

Your home is your home and you get to choose what is part of it.


  • Jen says:

    We do both – we keep the good china in a cabinet in the dining room but when we have visitors or if it is someone’s birthday we take it out and use it. We’ve collected a variety of different cup, saucer and plate sets and everyone has their favourite that they like to use. When we travel we often by tea as gift/souvenir and when we get home we enjoy drinking it from the nice china – it’s a great way to ‘revisit’ the holiday. Same with serving plates – we collect those that make us happy and use them whenever possible.

  • I’m so surprised people would unfollow over something so personal.

    No surprise, but I’m firmly in camp Use or Let Go. 🙂

  • Mary Ellen McMurtrie says:

    this dialogue makes me rethink why I have the “good china” in the cabinet where it is unseen and not used. Mmmm. I will think on this. Maybe time to use the “good” as every day and enjoy the memories it brings. Thanks to all who thought seriously about the issue. Sorry someone unfollowed . Serious issue there. Lets keep her/him in our thoughts for a resolution. I remind myself that there is some one out there who could use my dishes or clothes or ? There budget does not allow new items but they might find a treasure that will give them joy in the second hand stores. And, they will probably get better quality. Love to all.

  • Beth Dargis says:

    Hi Mary Ellen, glad you are thinking about the way you use the “good” things. Hopefully she was just kidding about unfollowing. I’m really blessed to have many kind and thoughtful people that engage with the newsletter and posts.

  • Katharine says:

    I love the idea of using it more often. We use the good china on holidays (and any special occasion where I feel I can, 1. “justify” its use, and 2. feel up to washing it all by hand afterwards) but I love the idea of using it to drink special tea bought on a vacation to “revisit” the trip!

  • Pat Allen says:

    I’ve been holding onto my Mom’s China for sentimental reasons. It is stored in tubs in the garage and I could really use the space. Maybe I could keep a few pieces. A friend has the same China from her Mom and has offered to buy it.

  • Marty Watson says:

    When our children moved out, I gave away our everyday dishes and moved eight place settings of our fine wedding china from the china cabinet and into the kitchen to be used every day. It is well made quality bone china with platinum trim and we wash it in the dishwasher. Today I enjoyed an open-faced peanut butter sandwich and a side of grapes on a $40 salad plate. I give you all permission to really USE your fine china.

  • Beth Dargis says:

    I love this, Marty!

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