I'm back in the kitchen today, choosing another overstuffed cabinet. This time, I'm looking for duplicates, items that I keep an extra on hand "just in case." When I was cooking for a family, it was necessary to have extra casserole dishes, baking pans, utensils. I never seemed to have enough casserole dishes, for example. I would make extra meals to freeze, to share at a pot luck or for a family in need.
Remove any glasses, dishes, silverware, serving dishes or cooking utensils from the kitchen that you have't used in the last 6 months. Box it up and write "kitchen stuff: donate after 30 days" and then put it out of sight. If you miss something, go get it. If not, donate it.
Rather than donate it, I may first offer the contents to my kids, as they are still stocking up their kitchens.
Wish me luck!