The kitchen is the most used room in your home; so that is why it is very important to keep it as clutter free as possible. A cluttered kitchen really makes it impossible to want to go in there and actually want to cook a meal because you probably can’t find what you want most of the time and extra things are just getting in your way when you are looking for something.
Here I have come up with the best tips to help you declutter your kitchen like a pro!
If this is your first time clearing out your kitchen, I would start small. Instead of doing the whole kitchen in one session, break it up and do different areas of the kitchen in 30-minute increments. Do the drawers for 30 minutes, then take a break. Do the pantry, then take a break. And so on. This way you are not burning yourself out and give up in the middle of decluttering.
It is always easier to stay in your groove if you remove everything from the area you are clearing out. Don’t keep everything in there, take one thing out and decide whether you should keep it or not. Taking everything out before making decisions helps you see what you have at a glance and will make the process much quicker.
Sort into Keep, Donate, and Throw Piles
After taking everything out, this is where you will make 3 different piles as you look at each item and decide what you want to do with it. Your keep, donate, and throw piles. Your throw pile will be scraps of paper you no longer need, expired foods, and broken items. Do this same process with each area of the kitchen until you have gone through everything.
Clean Decluttered Area
Your next step will be to clean all those areas you have just cleared out. You can use an all-purpose cleaner or just use a bowl filled with warm soapy water. This step is pretty self explanatory. My favorite cleaner is Method all-purpose cleaner in pink grapefruit.
Create a Donate Box
When you create your donate box, ask yourself these questions:
Have I used it in the last 6 months to a year?
Will I use it in the near future?
If I were shopping right now, would I buy it? (Probably the most important question.)
Do I love the item?
Do I have another item that serves the same purpose?
Do I have sentimental feelings towards the item?
Is it cracked or broken and will I actually fix it in the future?
Do I have doubles? If you have double of something, can you get by with just one.
You will be so much happier with your kitchen now that it is cleared out of the excess. Meal prep will be easier and quicker, and cleaning it will be easier and quicker.
I hope these tips were super helpful to you. An organized kitchen equals an organized you!