This time of year I see lots of homes in transition from combining households for upcoming weddings to moving for a new job.? The clutter in these homes comes from lots of good living and not alot of time spent on maintaining order. This is especially true in the kitchen, dining and pantry areas. Here are three tips you can follow to clear your kitchen clutter.
1. Clean out the junk drawer (s).
Yes sometimes there are more than one.? Set a timer for 30 minutes and sort out the contents.? Throw away trash including scraps of paper, old twisties and broken items.
You can even let the kids do the sorting.? Tell them it’s a treasure hunt in which they have to match the different kinds of items and then let them keep any change they find.
Before you add items back into the drawer, add in a dividing tray to keep items from sliding around and provide a visible limit on contents.
2. Accumulate paper goods, plasticware, pots/pans then purge
Remember that once in a lifetime party last year with the awesome theme… why do you still have 200 napkins stashed away? What about the pan that’s lost its non- stick coating? Own 6 saucepans but only ever cook for 1? Have plastic tops with no containers and vice versa? Let it go. Some items may be recyclable and others may be donateable.
Think about what is used on a regular basis to guide your decision of how many is right for your lifestyle.
3. Regift/ donate small appliances you don’t like
Remember that blender that just didn’t fix your smoothies the way you like them?? It’s still in the cabinet.? Have 2 crockpots, coffee machines or toasters?? If you have a small appliance that doesn’t work like you need it too you’ve likely already forgotten about it or replaced it. Somebody else would love to have it so why not give it to them.?
If it’s still new and in the box, that makes an easier package to gift it to a friend.? You don’t have to wait for a special occassion either, just think of who might provide it a good useful home and give it away.
The kitchen is often called the heart of the home.? Clear out the clutter and fill your kitchen useful tools and lots of love this year.