I had planned to take you through cleaning out and reorganizing my utensil drawer. It was all ready to go for today when I saw a great post pop up in my google reader on Monday from Brooke at Slow Your Home. Those of you who blog will know that sinking feeling you get when you come across a version of a post you have planned to write or publish (on another blog). Sometimes you trash your idea and sometimes you go ahead.
In this case I decided to share Brooke’s post with you for all the detailed step by step of clearing out your drawer and sorting and cleaning. I have included the photos of my process to show you how in less than 30 minutes I went from my messiest drawer in the kitchen to organised state of bliss.
Most of us acquire so many kitchen tools, gadgets, dishes and appliances over the years and many are infrequently or never used. Some items came to you via gifts as kitchen gear is especially popular for wedding and housewarming presents, stocking stuffers at the holidays and I am sure many a Mother’s Day gift. Keep the best and let go of the rest.
Regardless of how it came into your home today is the day to clear out the kitchen clutter so you can see what you DO have and use without having to fight through the triplicates (oh yes we are beyond duplicates in the kitchen) and the random tools you used once five years ago.
My biggest tip for kitchen decluttering is having a holding bin or box. This one step can lead to long term decluttering.
As you go through your utensil drawer and/or caddies, your shelves and drawers of appliances and gadgets, and the stacks of serving pieces and cookware I know you will be tempted to keep things “just in case”. The more expensive the item, the harder it will be for you to part with it. If you are unsure of the last time you used something I am going to encourage you to let it go now to make your kitchen function better.
If you have a vague notion that you use the items (but admit it is not often) I will suggest you gather a bin or box big enough for everything that falls into that category. You can either make an inventory (if it is a lot of stuff) or simply trust the box. Note the date on the box itself. Now add a reminder to your calendar / planner for six months from now to check “the box” you are going to store some place accessible.
Between now and the six month deadline if you are in the kitchen cooking and suddenly need that zester / cheese slicing device / unitasking appliance feel free to take it out and use it. Decide then if you want to reclaim space in your kitchen for this item or let it go (especially if you are finally using it on day 175 of this experiment).
When your alarm goes off reminding you to check the box take whatever is left in it straight out the door to your car so you can drop it off at the nearest charity shop. If you have not thought about it or retrieved it in six months trust that you do not need this item in your life. You can always borrow one from a friend if you have that one off need.
For special occasion and holiday related pieces I suggest moving them into storage with your holiday items unless you are blessed with a huge kitchen and endless storage.
What’s something in your kitchen you bought or were gifted and don’t use? Do you have a donut maker (or other funny unitasker) collecting dust or a device for julienning vegetables?
Find your simple,
If clutter is something you want to tackle and read more about here are all my posts that tackle decluttering.