10 step plan to Declutter Kitchen

The one room that needs to run efficiently and effectively is the kitchen. This room is usually the nerve center of a home. Not only are all the meals prepared, cooked and served here, but it is also the place where messages are left, homework done, etc.. If your kitchen is not clutter free, you feel weighed down and your efficiency will decline.  this is 10 step plan for decluttering the kitchen.

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The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. More than just an area for preparing food, the kitchen is the place where you pass along values to your children, demonstrate the joy of conversation, and participate in the ancient ritual of sharing a meal as a family.

Your kitchen and your dining areas are also tightly linked to the inner workings of your body and your mind. When you’re clearing out an overstuffed life, I believe you have to start here. Your kitchen strongly influences your food choices, so this is also the natural place to begin when decluttering your waistline.

 It often provides enough space for you to stash away hundreds of thousands of calories’ worth of food—healthy or otherwise.

As you declutter and reorganize your kitchen, the key question to ask is “Am I using this space to hold foods that help me create the body I want?” Are the supplies in your kitchen helping you stay lean and strong? Or do you pack your pantry and fridge with foods and drinks that fuel your journey into obesity and poor health?

Here Are 10 Steps to Decluttering Your Kitchen:

Task 1: Develop a Vision for What You Want From Your Kitchen

This task simply requires you to sit down and do some thinking, ideally with the other people in your home. Determining your vision simply requires asking “What do I want from this room?” You have a lot of options. Write down your vision and be specific. Examples:

• I want a relaxing place where I can check in with my family.

• I want to be able to focus on what I’m eating in this room, and to be able to express gratitude that I once again have enough to eat today.

• I want a space that welcomes guests, is fun to cook in and easy to clean, and says “I value sharing meals with family and friends.”

• I want to explore new styles of cooking, so I want my kitchen to support a lot of experiments.

Task 2: Separate the “used ” From the “not used ” Items

The stuff you own has power  “Carefully inspect your kitchen and dining areas and list all the unused items—or better still, gather them in one pile”. These things can bring up all kinds of emotions. The idea of throwing them out might be hard, even when you can see they’re bad for you. So you don’t have to get rid of them right now, if you don’t want. You have all week to first get used to the idea. Right now, I just want you to identify these items and set them somewhere unobtrusive.

It’s up to you to decide what’s used  and not used  in your household. 

For each piece of malignant clutter, ask yourself:

• How did this get here?

• What power does this item have over me?

• Is this item helping me create the vision I have for the space?

• Is this item serving any purpose or helping me in some positive way?

• What feelings linked to this object have kept me from throwing it out?

• How would I feel if this item disappeared on its own right now?

• Could this item that’s a source of pain or disappointment to me become a wonderful addition to someone else’s life?

Task 3: Clean Out Your Fridge and Freezer

When it comes to your health, your refrigerator/freezer area is one of the most important kitchen zones. For this and every zone in your home, I want you to first ask yourself: What do I want from this area? 

Decide which needs you want your refrigerator/freezer to meet. Please be sure that your fridge and freezer (and other food storage areas) hold the kinds of foods that will carry you to success. Ask yourself how much space you want to allow for each type of item. Spend a few moments sketching out a mental map of your refrigerator. Determine how  much space you’ll devote to fruits and vegetables, milk and other dairy, condiments, and other contents.

Once you settle on these criteria, get to work. Ask yourself whether each item helps your refrigerator perform the function you want from it. If it doesn’t, toss it. If you realize you have way too much bottled water or salad dressings, get rid of them. 

more on cleaning the Fridge & Freezer HERE.

 

Task 4: Clean Out Your Pantry

Give your pantry the same treatment that you gave the fridge/freezer. Before you decide what will go into the pantry, decide what you want this zone to provide for you. Are you trying to get more whole grains into your diet? Make sure your pantry keeps plenty of those available.

Decide how much space should be available for each type of item (such as canned goods, cereal, pasta, boxes of teabags, and so on). The pantry often attracts all sorts of nonfood items, such as pet supplies and grocery bags. If possible, keep nonfood items to a minimum in your pantry, so this zone’s primary function remains keeping you nourished.

Clean out your entire pantry, wipe up any dust and crumbs, and haul out stuff that’s old or expired. If any type of item exceeds the space you’re giving it, figure out how to use it quickly, give it away, or throw it out.

Task 5: Clear Off All counter top Surfaces

These cluttered surfaces become a highly visible contributor to household messiness. That creates two problems:

• When these areas are cluttered, your home is cluttered. • When items pile up on these spaces, you can’t use them for their intended purpose.

For these reasons and more, a fundamental rule in home organization is that you have to keep flat surfaces clear and uncluttered. This will immediately create a more open and welcoming space.

Your first step in decluttering your kitchen’s horizontal surfaces is to ask yourself “How do I want these horizontal surfaces to make my life easier?” (Rather than “What do I want to put here?”) In any space, especially the kitchen, it’s important to remember that flat surfaces are not for storage—they’re for preparing and serving.

Task 6: Address the Preparation Area

Kitchens function most smoothly when its zones are clearly defined. The preparation area is the space where you assemble the ingredients for a meal. This zone should allow you to pull meals together in the most efficient way possible.

The only items in this space should be the things that help you prepare your meals. This includes:

• Pots and pans

• Knives

• Kitchen utensils like ladles and stirring spoons

• Colanders

• Herbs and spices.

Step back and consider the space in your kitchen that’s devoted to meal preparation. Look at the places where you keep your pots, pans, cutting boards, utensils, and storage containers. Are these items conveniently located?

How much space will you allow these items to take up? Which items do you regularly use, and which are just consuming precious space? Grab a box and systematically go through all the drawers and cupboards that hold food preparation items.

Get rid of the worn-out, unused, damaged, or just plain ugly stuff that no longer has a place in your home. If you find items that are not used for food preparation, decide where they belong or whether you should simply toss them. Pots and pans unused for more than 12 months can probably go. If you have duplicates of any items, some of them can go. Any plastic storage container without a lid must definitely go!

Task 7: Conquer the Countertop Command Zone

This is the area where you put food on plates just before you serve your meals. This area should be clear, clutter free, and functional, with handy access to platters, serving utensils, and flatware. Any other items that don’t serve this purpose should go elsewhere.

Carefully examine this zone. Does it currently help you do this task, or is it cluttered with kitchen- and non-kitchen-related items? Whatever objects are currently getting in the way of an efficient serving space need to go. Decorative items that clutter the space—no matter how pretty—need to find a new home.

Check your platters and serving dishes. Do you have a reasonable number, or are many of them long unused? Remove all your utensils and kitchen gizmos from their drawers. Decide which items you really need and use, and get rid of the ones you don’t.

Task 8: Clean Up Your Dishes

In most kitchens, dishes and glassware tend to fill up the cupboards that are available to them, whether or not the owners use them regularly. For this task, bring out all dishes, cups, and glassware from your cupboards. Get rid of any items that are chipped or damaged, as well as those you simply don’t use.

Take this opportunity to toss out all of those free and souvenir plastic cups that seemed useful when you brought them home but now just take up space. If you have unmatched items, decide if you want to keep the irregular pieces or simply discard the partial set.

Now decide how much space you’re willing to provide for your dishes. Put the items you’re going to keep back into these spaces, making sure to keep like items together. Discard any items that don’t fit into the spaces you’ve allocated.

Task 9: Assemble Your Cleaning Products

It’s crucial to keep the right cleaning products close at hand so you can quickly and easily clear a mess, remove a spill, or just wipe the countertops clean at the end of an evening. In most kitchens, the cleaning products stay under the sink. People often find that venturing into this dark, spooky place is one of their least-liked kitchen tasks, but I promise that this step can be one of the most rewarding.

First, remove everything from under the sink and place it on your kitchen counter. Discard any old, unused, empty, or just plain odd products and items. I guarantee you’ll find multiples of some cleaning products (like partially filled bottles of the same spray cleaner)—if you do, merge them into single containers. (Never merge different cleaning products together. It can create toxic fumes.)

Be sure to dispose of old cleaners responsibly. While the under-sink area is empty, thoroughly clean it. Finally, reload the space with only those items that you need and use regularly. Consider using plastic storage bins to keep similar items together. This will help keep the space tidy and enable you to quickly and easily find what you’re seeking—which you’ll be grateful for the next time you’re fumbling around for the right bottle in this dark, spidery area. Be sure not to overload the space.

Task 10: Take Out Your Malignant Items

Now is the time to turn your attention back to your malignant kitchen items: the stuff that makes you feel guilty, or sad, or like you’ve failed as a cook or as a provider for your family.

As bad as this stuff is, I know it’s often difficult to “break up” with it. It’s just like addressing a relationship that’s bad for you or that has run its course. Even when you know you need to do it, making that break can be incredibly painful.

I have dealt with all kinds of unused items  over the years. I know how crippling some items can be, how they can crush your spirit and, without warning, bring up memories of times or events that send you into sadness, anger, and despair.

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 this is how my Kitchen Looks Like after decluttering

 It’s time to give this clutter to the world outside your home.

Gather up the pile and:

• Distribute items to friends or family.

• Sell things on Craigslist or on consignment.

• Donate it to Goodwill.

• Set things out on your curb with a sign that reads “FREE.”

• Recycle whatever you can.

• Accept that some items are worthless and throw them in the trash.

hope this Post helps you , as much it has helped me 🙂

 

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