Have you ever had trouble finding a lid for a kitchen container? If so, you may need to declutter your kitchen! Kitchens are natural clutter centres because there are so many items in the average kitchen. Just think about everything in your kitchen right now. Can you guess how many individual items there are?
Day 3 of the MVMT 14 Bags in 14 Days Decluttering Challenge will help you to achieve your dream kitchen scenario. So grab a bag and let’s get decluttering!
DECLUTTER YOUR KITCHEN ONE AREA AT A TIME
When we decluttered our junk drawer and bathroom cupboards, we started by emptying them. Since the kitchen is a much larger task, you may not have room to completely empty all of the shelves, cupboards and drawers at once. Instead, let’s focus on the following areas:
- Pots and pans
How many people live in your household? When you entertain, do you use your own dishes or disposable party dishes? If your own, think about how many dishes you realistically need. Set aside enough dishes for that number of place settings and then get rid of the rest. If the remaining dishes are in good condition, donate them. Throw away any dishes that are chipped or cracked.
Some dishes may not come with a full set, such as coffee mugs. If you love your coffee mug collection but need to make some space in your cupboards, think of more decorative ways to display them. Again, any mugs that are cracked or chipped can be thrown away to make room for even more mugs! Here are some ideas to upgrade your mug collection:
It is so hard to get rid of cutlery because it is inherently useful. But do you truly need as many as you have? Just as you did with your dishes, consider how much cutlery you need, both for everyday use and for entertaining. Do you somehow have 27 mismatched spoons but only 7 forks? If you have fewer of one type than you need, while more of another type, it might be time to buy a new set and donate the old.
Utensils are similarly hard to whittle down as you declutter your kitchen. Pull out all of your kitchen utensils and immediately make a pile for the ones you have not used in the past year. Depending on their condition, these will either be donated or tossed. Then look at the remaining utensils. Do you have any duplicates? Are they all in good condition? Think about your day, your meals, your dishwashing schedule and how many utensils you actually need. Then, once you’ve settled on your keepers, take a moment to organise them in a way that makes sense for how you use them.
POTS AND PANS
“You have never have too many pots and pans!” Well, that’s only true unless you’re trying to declutter your kitchen. Again, if you haven’t used it in a year, kiss it goodbye. Look at what you have left and start discerning. Do you really need duplicates? Are these pots and pans in good condition or do they need to be replaced?
How much space do you have for pots and pans and which star players need to be in that space? If you have a pan that you literally only use once a year, you won’t want to give it away, but it doesn’t need to take up prime real estate with the rest of your pots of pans. Move it to a top shelf in your pantry to pull out when needed.
Once you’ve narrowed down to the pots and pans that you need to keep, place them in such a way that your most frequently used pots and pans are also the most easily accessible.
You know we love a little container but even these need the decluttering treatment every so often. Toss out any containers that have lost their lids or are stained, chipped or cracked. If there are any containers that you no longer use, donate them or throw them away.
DECLUTTER YOUR KITCHEN GADGETS
Do you have any idea how much money is wasted on unused kitchen gadgets? Do a reality check and be honest with yourself about the likelihood of ever using each of the gadgets you have yet to use. If they’re like new or very gently used, you can sell or consign them for a good price.
Congratulations! You’ve filled up your third bag of the MVMT 14 Bags in 14 Days Decluttering Challenge!