Decluttering your Kitchen

When the majority of your time in the kitchen is spent hunting for the right pan lid, figuring out if you’ve got the self-raising flour or plain flour canister in your hand or reaching to the back of the cupboard blindly feeling round for the paper towel, you know it’s high time you got organized! The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any home but when it is all cluttered it makes it much harder to actually be used as a functional space.

Not only will you feel better once this space is less junked up, you’ll also save yourself time and energy as well.Here is some of my  space-saving ideas, tips and tricks to help get you and your kitchen back in order.

Kitchens are a great place to start for de-cluttering — and you’ll feel SO much better by the end of it.

 

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1) Old containers: Be they old takeaway containers or “useful” Bottles and jars, bring them all out from the back of cupboard and see how many you have. Then throw out at least half of them.

2) Old appliances that don’t work: Put them all on the floor and divide into those that are worth fixing (or can be fixed) and those that aren’t. Toss them away ! seriously it just takes up space !

3)Knives: Most people need only five or six good knives for everyday use. Sort yours out, dumping the not-so-good ones  and investing in a sharpener for the rest.

4)Plastic bags: Unless you use recyclable shopping bags you’re likely to have quite a few of those. Take them to the recycling bin ! 

5) Mugs and cups: If you take into account all those oddball gift mugs you’ve received you probably have an over-supply. In reality, most people need no more than 10. With the others,  put them up in a high cupboard out of the way.

6)Expired food: Check the herbs and spice shelf for ingredients that are so old they’re not worth adding to any dish. Also, dig into the back of the pantry for tinned food that may have expired, and don’t forget the fridge and freezer. Frozen food doesn’t last forever, particularly if it’s leftovers or fish where three months is the maximum duration in the freezer.

7)Odds and ends: Many people have an odds and ends drawer which is fine for throwing in those things you can’t find a home for. However, it’s not so easy to find things when there’s too much in that drawer. Try to halve the contents. Failing that, try to compartmentalize by putting similar objects in trays or tying them up with rubber bands.

8)Chipped or cracked crockery: These can be a trap for nasties and deserve to be riffed.Period!

9)Double-up implements: There are certain items in the kitchen which don’t require a back-up. These include potato mashers, soup ladles, gravy boats and flour sifters. If you have more than one of these it’s time to share with someone else. 

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Decluttering Checklist  For Your Kitchen

Items you may want to get rid of, or decluttering missions to tackle in this area include:

  • Gadgets and cooking tools
  • Small appliances
  • Clear off table top
  • Clear countertops
  • Tablecloths, napkins and placemats
  • Plastic cups and water bottles
  • Zippered plastic bags, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap
  • Cabinet shelves and drawers
  • Junk drawer
  • Under kitchen sink
  • Tops of cabinets
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Pots and pans (and also match each with lid)
  • Baking dishes and sheets
  • Top and front of refrigerator
  • Recipes
  • Cookbooks
  • Restaurant and takeout and menus
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Kitchen towels and potholders
  • Plastic silverware and other take out packaging
  • Clear space to pack sack lunches
  • Lunch boxes
  • China
  • Glassware and crystal
  • Silver items
  • Party serving pieces
  • Coffee cups and mugs
  • Plates, bowls, utensils, etc.

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I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post !

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

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