Monday, February 6, 2012

Conquer Clutter: How Many Knives Do You Need?

Many years ago, I had a lot of knives. I would use a different one each time I needed one. I was tempted to buy one of those blocks full of knives. I finally bought one good quality paring knife and was hooked. I washed it each time I used it instead of getting another knife out because I really like the knife. I ended up purchasing a couple more knives that were a good quality throughout the next year or two. I wanted a butcher knife, a paring knife, a small serrated knife and a large serrated knife. That was all I really used and needed so I just donated all the rest. I have not regretted it for a minute. Since I make most of what we eat from scratch and make our own bread, these are the knives I need. It is different for everyone.

Too many times we have the mind set that more is better. We get more than we need and things end up being clutter instead of being used. How many knives do you need? How many towels do you need? If you live alone, having 14 towels is a little excessive don't you think? Think about what you have in your home and donate or sell the things you really don't need. It will make cleaning the house easier, finding things easier, and you will feel better since you will have less to take care of.


  1. Never thought of counting our knives. Turns out we have 12 steak knives of two different kinds, two knife blocks, four knives in my knife block and five in my husband's. Wow, it looked like so many fewer when they were all in the knife blocks! Time to ditch half. If only the hubs and I could stop arguing about whose knives should go.

  2. Good luck making a decision! Maybe you can research the quality of the knives and keep the ones that are the best quality. Thanks for you comment!