Monday, January 25, 2016

Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

I love cooking. And eating. And food.  So it's no surprise that my kitchen was overflowing with almost as much clutter as my closet.  Those nifty kitchen gadgets and appliances, serving ware and bowls, and leftovers have a tendency to easily pile up.  So when I went about decluttering and purging my kitchen, it was no small task!  But today I'm going to share with you how I managed to control the chaos and narrow the contents of my cabinets and refrigerator to just what my household needs.

One space at a time. Rather than tackling my entire kitchen at once, I broke down my decluttering to just one cabinet space at a time.  Not only was it far less overwhelming, but I was able to really take my time and focus on the contents of each section. 

Toss out the easy stuff first.  Plastic containers that are missing lids, lids that are missing containers, random coffee mugs from places you don't really remember, plastic cups that never get used, anything broken or chipped, recipe books that you haven't used in years...all of those can easily be tossed out and not missed.

Figure out what you use regularly. Toss out anything that you haven't used in the past year.  That kitchen gadget seemed like a good idea at the time, but do you really use it? Do you really use 4 casserole dishes?  Any pots that you just don't reach for? Pack them up and send them to a local charity shop.

Check expiration dates. This is also the time to check your food supplies.  Anything expired?  Toss it out.  Anything approaching an expiration date?  Make plans to use it in your next meal.  Leftovers that you just don't remember when you first made them?  Out!

Embrace empty space.  If you find that you have an empty space in cabinets or drawers after cleaning them out, it does not mean that you should go out and get the latest kitchen gadget to fill the space!  A huge part of the decluttering process is to accept that having empty drawers, shelves, or cabinets isn't a bad thing.  If you have empty space, it's okay to leave it that way.

Happy Decluttering, y'all!  :)

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