It's easy to assume that many of the items in our kitchens are necessities. But a closer look almost always reveals that the heart of our home could use some paring down. The rewards of stripping down to the actual necessities are especially great when done in this highly utilitarian room because you'll reap the benefits of a much more efficient food prep space. Here are some items to extricate from your valuable kitchen storage space that — I promise — you'll never miss.
Finding it hard to let go?
If you find that things like chipped mugs and extra whisks are hard to get rid of, you might benefit from a little introspection. Sit down and figure out exactly why you feel pressed to hang on to needless things. If it's an emotional attachment, consider taking photos of the thing before you pass it on. Or, if you're the "maybe I'll use it one day" type, this post (and the comment section) might help you be more selective when you're trying to pare down.
- Take-out menus.
- Sugar packets.
- Parmesan cheese and red pepper packets from pizza deliveries.
- Decorative bottles of herb-infused olive oil.
- Duplicate salad tongs.
- All but one each of large, medium, and small spatulas.
- Half-used candles.
- Magnets you're intending to fix.
- Advertising magnets.
- Kids' meal toys, including character cups.
- Extra napkins you picked up from the burger joint.
- Ketchup packets.
- Chipped mugs.
- Aunt Jane's highball glasses that you never, ever get down from the top shelf.
- The George Foreman grill you've used twice in the history of your decade-long marriage.
- Anything more than four hot pads.
- Stained or holey dish towels.
- All but five of the nice glass jar food containers and lids you've been hoarding.
- The serving platter that you never liked but kept because it was a gift.
- Take-out chopsticks.
- Extra whisks.
- Duplicate ice cream scoops.
- The cheese slicer.
- Old water bottles that you never reach for.
- Tupperware without lids.
- Lids without tupperware.
- Duplicate can openers.
- Duplicate garlic presses.
- Baby utensils you no longer need.
Any of these things hanging out in your kitchen right now? If you felt inspired to slim down stuff in your kitchen, come back and tell us what you got rid of.