Use This List to Declutter Your Kitchen in 20 Minutes
There’s no kitchen in the world that’s big enough. No matter how many cabinets you have, or whether your countertop is better measured in inches or acres, I guarantee that if you’ve been living in your space for a while, your kitchen storage is full.
Maybe it has something to do with the way the kitchen is the heart of the home. People gravitate towards the cookhouse when you’re hosting a party, so your things probably enjoy ending up there too.
But it’s a good idea to take regular stock at the things you’re storing there—so that’s exactly what we’re going to do today.
Do a 20-minute decluttering sweep of the kitchen.
If you’ve been following the September Sweep, you know the drill by now: Set a timer, grab a basket, and go through your kitchen looking for things that are either out of place, or ready to be tossed and given a new home far away from yours.
But first… there are a few places not to look: The fridge, freezer and pantry can be spared today, because we’ll be coming back for a sweep of those food storage spaces next week.
Where to Look:
- on the counter
- on top of the fridge or cabinets
- any freestanding furniture, like a hutch or island
- the bar or bar cart
- anywhere you store cooking and serving supplies, even if it’s not “in” the kitchen
What to look for:
- Anything that belongs in another room
- Broken cups, mugs and plates
- Multiples you have too many of
- Kitchen tools you never use
- Duplicate kitchen tools or measuring cups
- Small appliances that you never use, or that you use so infrequently you can probably find an alternate technique or borrow from a friend
- Baking sheets, pans, pots, and cutting boards that sit untouched
- Holiday-themed serving pieces that didn’t get used last holiday
- Novelty accessories
- More than two-ish bottle or wine openers
- The fifth and sixth water bottles you never get to
- Old, gross cleaning supplies
- Old, stained, or extra plastic containers
- Takeout condiments, plasticware, and stray menus
- Out-of-date invitations or event announcements
- Expired coupons
- Excessive collections of paper or plastic bags
- Expired medication
- Bottles of liquor that don’t ever seem to get drunk
- Cookbooks that haven’t been cracked open in more than a year
A lot of these things can be recycled or donated, so don’t opt for the trash can unless you have to.
And don’t forget:
Clear three things from your monster zone.
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