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Do you save things for best?

Having things that we love around our home is one of the pleasures of life, but saving them for best only is one of the few mistakes that I think we are all making to some extent in our lives.

I have various friends and family who have come home from their holidays to find their home has been burgled/flooded etc…. and their stuff has been taken or is no longer able to be used through damage.

I myself have lost things through theft, which was heartbreaking as I hadn’t enjoyed wearing what was stolen (it was jewellery) because I was worried about losing it. I’ve also been known to leave clothes for best, while walking around feeling less than glamorous in my everyday scruffs, and I’ve lost a good number of “nice” chocolates/biscuits we get given as presents and save for a special occasion – only to find that they are past their best before date when we get them out again.

Do you save things for best?

People have a tendency to save things for best all the time – saving them for the day when they will use it and enjoy it – but my issue with this is this….

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What if that day is too late?

I really believe that life is way too short to save things for best.

You don’t know what’s around the corner – you may fall foul of illness, flooding, fire, theft, or any of the many other things that unfortunately get thrown our way during our lives, and then you will never have had the joy from an item that was likely a gift from someone close to you who has bought it for you to enjoy.

Organising Tip - Don't save things for best

Why not get enjoyment out of things everyday instead?

I am sure you would be smiling loads if you started to use the best stuff, and decluttered the rest ;o)

Why not use the best stuff – it’s likely to last longer as well as making you happier!

Here’s a list of things that are worth using now – for a little inspiration:-

  • Candles (scented candles lose their scent over time, so make the most of them!)
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Glassware
  • Linens (bedding, table cloths etc…)
  • Towels
  • Notebooks/paper
  • Food (special packets of biscuits/chocolates etc…)
  • Books
  • Clothes (don’t get into the habit of wearing the same old stuff as your daily uniform)
  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Jewellery

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Think how joyous each and every day could be when you are making the most of what you have.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather use it now than find it in years to come either past its best in the back of a cupboard, lost entirely, or damaged etc… before I had time to get any joy from it.

Not only that – but think of how much less you’d need to store – saving you TONNES of clutter!


If you save things for best, you may want to rethink. Here's why...

So – do you save things for best, or use them as much as possible? I’d love to know so please leave a comment below…



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5 Responses to Do you save things for best?

  1. kats Sep 9, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi Chrissy, I just found your site – good stuff, thank you for the inspiration!
    I did save for best until I found table linen my mother got as a wedding present 45 years ago. In its original crinkly pergamin, the creases fragile and yellowed (well… browned). Now I use everything. If something gets broken, I have pictures and memories – and I might glue broken ‘special’ dishes and use them as containers.

    Edibles are saved only until a neighbour or friend drops in… or the husband needs cheering up .

    Using all that stuff keeps the memories fresh while spring cleaning it only felt like a chore.

    Just my 2 cent – now back to browsing your pages 😉 – kats

    • Chrissy Halton Sep 10, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      Hi Kats – thanks so much for your comment – I love your sentence “Using all that stuff keeps the memories fresh while spring cleaning it only felt like a chore” – so very true – and I hope you continue to enjoy using the best stuff in your everyday life x

  2. Janet Barclay Aug 28, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I rarely entertain, so a few years ago I moved my “good” dishes from the china cabinet to the kitchen for everyday use. And earlier this year I realized that I always wore stuff I didn’t care about when I was working at home and saving my favourites for when I went out – problem being that I work at home most of the time and rarely go out! So I unloaded a ton of clothes and now I love what I wear all the time.

  3. Beth Jun 20, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    This really resonates with me. I recently noticed how many fancy toiletries I was saving for special occasions. I don’t have that many special occasions! I’m now using them daily. My skin feels amazing and I smell great!

    • Chrissy Halton Jun 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Beth – thanks for your lovely comment! – It is really nice to hear you are getting some pleasure from your nicer things – that’s what life should be!

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