It has come time in the series to tackle an area of the house that holds the most clutter. As minimalistic as I try to be, the kitchen will always be my nemeses. haha! Our pantry is stocked. Cabinets & drawers are filled.There always seems to be dishes in the sink. There is no empty space within this area which contradicts my way of thinking. But that’s life. The kitchen is a great example of why minimalism looks different for everyone & each space of your homes doesn’t need to be perfect. Today, I will talk about how I keep our kitchen organized & stay realistic by sharing with you 10 things you can declutter from your kitchen today
- Excess Gadgets & Appliances: The easiest way to have a simple & easy to clean kitchen space is to have clear or semi-cleared countertops. The biggest culprit to clutter is huge appliances taking up precious food prep space. Minimize this issue by only keeping out the appliances you use regularly & store the rest.
2. Worn Out Dish Towels: We keep a few dish towels in a drawer & one over the stove for decor purposes. Be sure that any towels, especially ones on display aren’t damaged, worn out or stained. You can purchase a pack of these from Target for only $3, so they are relatively easy to replace when necessary.
3. Expired Foods: This might seem like an obvious one but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked in the back of the fridge or pantry & found some very questionable items. So, make sure you are cleaning through these areas regularly.
4. Take Out Menus You Never Use: Now a days, you can find everything online, but I still like keeping around a few take out menus like our favorite local Chinese place. If there are any menus you never reach for, take this time to recycle those.
5. Cook Books: For some reason I love the ideas of cookbooks but realistically never really use since most things can be found online. Plus, they are rather bulky items. If you have no way to decoratively display them or never look through, maybe it’s time to finally donate them to someone else.
6. Worn Out Dish or Hand Towels: We keep a few dish towels in a drawer & one on display by my stove. Be sure to let go of any towels that are stained or worn out, especially if they are out to see. I usually purchase a pack of them from Target for $3 & I stick to darker colors.
7. Mugs: For not being a coffee person, I sure do own quite a few mugs. I managed to let go of a few that had cheesy inspirational quotes on them or sayings. I’m leaning towards more solid colored mugs because I’m such a plain Jane now.
8. Coasters: We own 20 coasters. How this happened, I have no idea. I guess they are the quintessential house warming gift or something. But I managed to choose a small set that were are favorites & let go of the rest.
9. Excess Pots & Pans & Other Cooking Essentials: In general, you want to look through your collection of cooking tools & choose the favorites out of the bunch. You don’t need 10 different pots & skillets. We actually only own a full set – 5 items & it works for us. Granted it’s only a house hold of two at the moment, but still. Cutting back on these items will surely diminish excess clutter.
10. Manuals: All those wonderful gadgets you purchase all come with their own instructional manual. News flash, you actually don’t need to own these at all. Most manuals are found online anyway. So save some space by letting go of this paper clutter.
I hope this list gives you some inspiration when decluttering your own kitchens. What are some other things we all could declutter from our kitchens. Leave your suggestions in the comments.