I think this week’s mini missions just about cover the basics of decluttering your kitchen. But I shall make a list of suggestions here just in case I missed something.
- Get rid of ingredients you haven’t used in a long time.
- If you want to improve your diet but suffer from lack of self control then declutter ingredients and prepared foods that you should not be eating. You could do a use-it-up declutter mission on these items, sparingly of course. There is no need to rid yourself of these items altogether just ration how much you stock and how often they are replaced.
- Declutter gadgets and small appliances that aren’t doing much more than wasting space.
- Be rational about how many cups, plates, bowls, glasses, knives, forks and spoons you need. Do a trial separation if you aren’t sure. That is, pack up what seems like excess and move it away from the kitchen. If you don’t find yourself retrieving any of it them perhaps you don’t need it.
- It has been written more than once that the cluttered state of a house can be assessed simply by viewing the front of one’s fridge. You might want to keep this in mind while you are decluttering the rest of your kitchen.
- Once all the clutter is out of the way rearrange the items you use regularly so they are in the most convenient positions.
- You might also want to consider moving items you store in your kitchen that aren’t in keeping with the purpose of the room. If your space is limited and your kitchen has to be multipurpose then a compromise might be necessary, but best that kitchen is primarily organised to be used for food preparation. If you eat at the breakfast bar then it should not be covered in school papers, things needing repairs, kids toys and bills. Factor this in while decluttering to make a proper space for these items if necessary or find another more appropriate place to organise these things in your home.
- Continue to observe over time if what is left is used often or seldom and consider decluttering some more.
There are circumstances that affect the quantities and variety of things one needs in a kitchen. What suits my circumstances and what works for your family could be, and I am sure are, two entirely different situations. For instance, I have a dishwasher and a family of three adults so I keep enough cutlery, crockery, glassware and utensils to cater for washing a full load and having enough left over to use while the others are getting clean. You however may wash by hand or have a split drawer or small bench top dishwasher, four children or live alone so the numbers will be different for you.
You might bake a lot so need a variety of pans and a sturdy mixer while I could live with fewer and mix by hand. You may have a Mediterranean diet and regularly use a pasta maker, while I have long since decluttered mine because we eat low carb so pasta is only a special treat that we have infrequently. You may enjoy a little French treat and often serve crepes for dessert. I am not at all French however I am not parting with my crepe maker because I love crepes too and make them often. Only on Saturdays of course because that is “Anything Goes” food day at our house. You may enjoy spicy food so require a large spice collection. I also love spicy food but have simplified these days and use prepared curry pastes. When the spices I have run out, there are many I won’t be replacing. So as you see your kitchen may be stocked quite differently to mine but neither need to be cluttered with unnecessary things we don’t use.
If there is a particular something that you enjoy only on occasion, do you really need the specific pan, gadget or utensil to make it yourself? Especially if that something is a treat that isn’t so healthy for your diet, perhaps ice-cream, cookies, cakes, crepes, donuts, deep-fried anything… Wouldn’t it be better to only indulge in these treats occasionally outside of the home rather than having the ingredients and equipment to tempt you to eat them too often. By decluttering these items you not only reduce the clutter in your kitchen but you also declutter unhealthy options from your diet and free up space which makes your kitchen easier to function in. And remember a treat seldom enjoyed is enjoyed all the more. Trust me most of these gadgets are easily replaced at a thrift shop for a few dollars should you suddenly decide you actually have a use for one. That’s because the majority of people usually come to their senses and donate them sooner or later.
I have decluttered my kitchen slowly over time. No surprises there I suppose! 😉 Items continuously kept coming to the fore that obviously weren’t being used, not used often enough to warrant keeping, or that I realised I had more of than I needed. This will continue as the kids leave home and at that time I will give stuff to them if they want it. Right now I have a shelf of various glasses and some excess Tupperware canisters that my daughter will be taking. Aside from that I am pretty happy with the shape my kitchen is in… for now.
So be realistic about what you need, use and are likely to use in the future and considered decluttering the rest.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter a small appliance that’s primary use is to produce unhealthy food. The deep fryer would be my first choice had I not decluttered it fifteen years ago. Other suggestions would be an ice-cream maker, donut maker, popcorn maker, chocolate fondu set…
Eco Tip for the Day
If you must use ziplock bags wash them out and reuse them, rather than wasting them after only one use. I don’t use many these days because of changes in habits but when I do I wash them and then dry them by hanging them open side down on the fridge placing a magnet on the top inside edge to keep them in place.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow