With all the lovely thrift & discount stores around me, it is really easy to find lots of good stuff. It is extremely too easy to bombard your cabinets with too much. Many of my favorite blogs are chattering about how to store things, how to keep from buying things and how to keep it all in check. I quickly realized that I have a couple of rules that tend to keep me out of trouble.
First, only buy what you love. Truly LOVE. This alone eliminates a lot of clutter from my home. If I have things I need, but do not truly love, I find that if I ask for items to replace them as gifts (yes, I make a wishlist for DH at several stores), then I can survive with fewer of these items. Instead of having 30 mismatched plastic cups, I realized that I can handle having only 12 glasses. So for Christmas, I received a set of 12 "pub style" glasses that replaced those with. This works in two ways. 1) I have less. 2) I have only things I love, so I don't feel like I need more.
Another thing is to have a theme or scheme. All of my dishes are either pink, black or plain white. The most of them are plain white, so that I can set the table for any theme with only plain white dishes. Your food pops off the plate better. You don't have to worry that white will not go with any sort of theme meal you might plan.
I highlight these things with pink & black, because you can add in black for a high-style look, or pink for a pretty look, or a combination of the 3 for a retro style.
Here is why I do it that way. If I had 6 different styles of dishes, I would need 6 times the amount to store them. Not only that, I would have to expend my money 6 different times. Uh…no thanks.
How do you keep down the kitchen clutter? For more frugal ideas, scoot on over to see Crystal for Frugal Friday.