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Phew. After Friday’s post about decluttering a child’s room, it feels great to talk about an area in my home where I feel I’ve been successful.
You can close a bedroom’s door and pretend that it doesn’t exist, but it isn’t possible to stay out of the kitchen.
A kitchen is where you work. It needs to be as streamlined as possible to help prevent all those lovely excuses for eating out!
(See my Decluttering Page here for basic strategies to declutter any area of the home.)
Things I’ve learned from decluttering my kitchen:
Start By Washing the Dishes.
I didn’t truly understand how many dishes I needed until I developed a routine for washing my dishes.
It’s true, and I’m sorry.
If I don’t wash dishes consistently, I’m always running out of clean dishes. When I’m always running out of clean dishes, I think I must need more dishes. If I get more dishes, I can go even longer without washing them, which means the task is ten times more overwhelming, so I put it off longer.
And I think I need more dishes.
It’s a vicious cycle.
Once I had my dishwashing routine down, I realized I didn’t need anywhere near as many plates or cups or coffee mugs or skillets as I had. I saw which ones I always chose to use first (because they were clean!!) and it was easier to get rid of the others.
I know you can’t get a dishwashing routine going today, and you want to declutter your kitchen today. Start by doing the dishes and putting them away. If you don’t have enough cabinet space to fit all your dishes when they’re all clean, put away your favorites first and get rid of what doesn’t fit.
Which leads to the next point . . .
Use the Containers Your Kitchen Already Has
When you feel the urge to get organized, it’s natural to run out and buy new containers. But a kitchen comes with its own built-in-containers.
They’re called cabinets.
Once I grasped the concept of containers, my world was rocked.
The size of my coffee-cup shelf determines how many coffee cups I get to keep. If I have more coffee cups than will fit on that shelf . . . then I have too many coffee cups.
I don’t need to build a new shelf, I need to get rid of coffee cups.
The same goes for plates, glasses, pots and pans.
Follow the One for One rule.
Kitchen items get used.
If you received a pretty new skillet for Christmas, get rid of the ickiest old one. I know the temptation to keep the old one just in case. But don’t.
You’re here reading about decluttering.
That means you probably don’t have oodles of extra space you’re wishing you could fill up.
My Experiences Upon Which All This Advice Is Based
(I’ve learned the hard way, people.)
How to Store Plastic Containers <– I’ve received quite a few emails about how this technique has rocked people’s world like it rocked mine!
Cleaning Out the Fridge (another one)
The Big Pantry Clean-Out (another one)
Kitchen Decluttering Projects with Videos
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