Summer serving ware and kitchen cooking gadgets
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Summer brings out the maker in all of us: Think margarita maker, ice cream maker, snow cone maker, Popsicle maker, iced tea/coffee maker, s’more maker, and so many more makers. All these makers take up valuable kitchen space. And are you really making any of it? If you buy your ice cream instead of making it, then why keep an ice cream maker in a dust covered box?
If the makers still work, consider sharing them with someone who might get more use out of it than you have. Other seasonal kitchen tosses include the big plastic salad bowl that has a crack down the side, the plastic platter that melted when it was placed too close to the hot grill, and the broken butterfly serving tongs that were more fashion than function. Don’t overlook the drink dispenser that leaks everywhere or where the dispenser is so gunked up it is impossible to sanitize properly. Finally, don’t risk a foodborne illness by continuing to use the meat thermometer that doesn’t give an accurate reading. Just toss it! Here’s how to donate just about anything.
Summer sandals, shoes, and flip flops
Time to do some serious summer shoe purging. First on the list, the super cute flip-flops with a broken toe peg. Look to let go of other summer shoes that are no longer in good repair: the cork-heeled wedges that warped when they got wet, the strappy sandals that are missing a strap, and your favorite pair of slides that are so well-worn there is barely a sole left to walk on. Invest in some hanging shoe bags for the shoes that are left over. For the summer items you do keep, use these 26 secrets personal organizers won’t tell you for free.