LEARN HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR KITCHEN EASILY
Is your home so cluttered you don’t know where to begin?
I’ve been there and I know what you need.
You need a quick win with a big impact so you feel like you’ve made some sort of progress.
For many of us, decluttering is an extremely emotional road we’d prefer to avoid.
Unfortunately, if you want to manage your home efficiently and without guilt, you must get rid of clutter.
Follow these steps to declutter your kitchen quickly and without being paralyzed by indecision. Ready to get started?
WASH DISHES AND GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
The first thing you need to do is wash your dishes.
You can’t decide what to keep and what to discard if you can’t visualize everything at once.
I know if you’re reading this your kitchen needs decluttering so don’t worry about getting everything put away just yet.
I am not asking you to deep clean your kitchen.
All you need to do is have all your dishes clean.
And your table and counters wiped off. 🙂
After your dishes are clean, counters and table wiped off, gather your supplies.
You’ll need the following:
Empty trash can
“Cook now” box or basket (or dedicated area in your pantry)
HOW TO DECLUTTER FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN
Decluttering the items on this list and in the manner outlined will give you a quick win in the kitchen without all the emotional struggles usually associated with decluttering.
START BY DECLUTTERING FOOD
Throw Away The Following:
Expired and out of date items- this is a no brainer.
Broken and damaged items beyond repair.
If an item in your kitchen is broken or damaged beyond repair, toss it.
Just do it!
Donate The Following:
Food items you won’t be using.
If you have items in your pantry that have been sitting there for months and you keep telling yourself, “one day I will cook this” and it just keeps sitting, donate it!
Don’t fool yourself.
You know what these items are.
Remember, you only want to keep food items your family loves and eats on a regular basis.
Think streamline and simplify.
NEXT DECLUTTER THE NONFOOD STUFF
You’ll get more done if you start with the easy stuff first.
While it may not seem the most efficient, I believe it will produce lasting results.
Let’s get started.
Go through your cabinets and get rid of any old or unused cleaners.
If you aren’t using it on a weekly or monthly basis, out it goes.
Do you really need that oven cleaner you bought a year ago but never used?
Do you trust it to do the job?
DISH TOWELS, RAGS, CLEANING PADS, AND SPONGES
Throw away any old sponges, cleaning pads, dish rags, and dish towels.
If they are smelly, torn, or worn out, they need to go.
Don’t worry about replacing them.
Use what you have left until you can buy new ones.
Frugal Tip: I consider the dishrags with pretty little designs on them to be a waste of my hard-earned cash so I use washcloths instead. I buy the bundles of 12 for around $4.00 at Wal-Mart. The washcloths are thin and perfect for washing dishes. And folded up, they work great in a pinch as replacement oven mitts.
Get rid of all smelly, torn, and worn-out oven mitts.
Don’t worry if they all need to go.
You can use washcloths or hand towels in place of them until they can be replaced.
BAKING DISHES, POTS, AND PANS
Here’s where things can get a little tough for most people but don’t worry, I’m going to make it easy for you.
You have 4 options for every baking dish, pot, and pan.
Option #1- Keep any baking dishes, pots, and pans you use on a regular basis.
Option #2- Toss any broken or damaged ones.
Option #3 – Donate dishes, pots, and pans you aren’t going to use and have no problem letting go of.
Option #4- The “HOLD” bin. I love this option. For any kitchen items that you don’t use often but have a hard time letting go of, this is your solution.
HOW THE HOLD BIN WORKS:
Put any kitchen items in the hold bin that your brain says get rid of but your gut just can’t let you.
Store the bin outside of the kitchen.
Maybe the garage or attic. Set a date maybe 6 months or so down the road. Put it on your calendar.
If you need an item in the bin within the 6 months, go pull it out and put it back in your kitchen.
When your date rolls around, donate anything left in the box.
Odds are, you will forget what is actually in the box.
If in doubt, throw it out.
HOW TO DECLUTTER PLATES, BOWLS, CUPS, GLASSES, AND SILVERWARE
When decluttering plates, bowls, cups, glasses, and silverware, things can get a little more complicated.
Remember, your goal is to declutter your kitchen.
When everything is clean, it should all fit neatly into the cabinets and drawers.
Nothing stuffed to the brim.
Keep this in mind.
Use the same four options as with the baking dishes, pots, and pans.
But, also consider whether or not you use a dishwasher and how may plates you really need.
Here’s an example for you:
Back when we had all 5 kids at home, we needed all the plates, bowls and silverware possible.
We had 2 full sets of silverware and (2) 8 piece place settings for a family of seven.
Now that 3 of the 5 kids are grown and moved out, we don’t need as much.
So, I went in and got rid of the extras we didn’t need anymore.
I pared down the silverware and cups.
The extra cups were donated, the extra set of silverware put in the HOLD Bin for when company comes and I don’t want to use plastic.
I kept all of the plates and bowls. Why?
Because we use the dishwasher often.
And now that we are currently a family of four, I don’t run the dishwasher daily.
Having the extra plates and bowls ensures we don’t run out of clean dishes and don’t have to run the dishwasher when it isn’t full (saving us money).
HOW TO DECLUTTER EVERYTHING ELSE
Using the four options I listed for the baking dishes, pots, and pans, go through the remaining items in your cabinet.
Remember, if you are torn on whether to get rid of something or keep it, put it in the HOLD BIN.
Don’t waste time fretting over your decision.
Pop it in the HOLD BIN and move on.
Remember, progress not perfection!