Minimize Your Stress: Declutter Your Kitchen
April 22, 2016
Have you ever stood in your kitchen and felt overwhelmed? There is stuff everywhere, nothing is where it should be and you can’t find any of the ingredients you swore you had. If this sentiment is familiar, then it’s probably time to declutter your kitchen.
So what is clutter and what isn’t? The best way to figure that out is to ask yourself two questions: Does it serve a specific purpose? Does it make you happy? If the answer to both of these questions is no, it’s clutter and you likely won’t even notice it’s gone. So let’s have a look at a few common causes of clutter and how to put an end to it.
Purge your pantry. You might be surprised by what you find at the back of your pantry. Bags of old bulk items, expired canned goods, and almost-empty-but-not-quite boxes of crackers are a few things that come to mind. Go through your cupboards and get rid of everything old and out of date.
Organize your reuseable containers. Isn’t it frustrating when you can’t find the lid to ANY of your containers?! Do yourself a favor and take everything out, match it up and come up with a system that works for you. Whether that means storing all the boxes and lids in their respective places, or all the containers with their lids on, pick a system and stick with it.
Ditch some dishes. If you are like many of us who have collected different sets of dishware over the years, it’ll make a world of difference to simplify. Cut back to one set and see how you get on without them. If you find you don’t miss them, donate them and never look back!
Prioritize your small appliances. Kitchen appliances can take up a huge amount of space on your countertop. They’re bulky and a lot of them get only occasional use. Keeping your countertops clear is a great way to make a kitchen feel cleaner and less chaotic.
Digitize your recipe books and takeout menus. Although there is something to be said about having a physical cookbook to read through, often times it’s more hassle than it’s worth. Save yourself the food stains and constant flipping pages and open that recipe on your iPad. Plus, with so many menus available online, there’s less and less reason to have all those paper copies hanging around. You can save your cookbooks for the bookshelf in your office to peruse at anytime.
If you like the idea of decluttering, but aren’t sure you want to actually get rid of all these things, take the time to set the on-the-fence-items aside and see how badly you miss them. If you find yourself reaching for this or that, bring it back into the kitchen. Just remember, by simplifying and ridding yourself of the old, you’re actually making space for something exciting and new.