Do you ever walk into your kitchen and just pass by a bunch of things, roll your eyes, and then rifle around and try to find what you really need? If this happens to you, it probably means that there are things in your kitchen that you need to get rid of. That’s right, it’s time to declutter the kitchen!
Toss any promotional magnets, travel magnets, or any other magnets cluttering up the surface of your fridge. Only keep magnets that are serving a real purpose, or ones that have significant sentimental value. Times have changed, we don’t need these anymore because… duh, internet!
Flyers and Take-Out Menus
Do you notice that whenever you order takeout, they give you a menu? It generally gets stuck in a drawer with an “I might need that later” thought. Ultimately you end up with a drawer full of papers you’ll never use. You can find all of that take-out information online, and if there’s a coupon you actually want to use, stick it in your wallet for immediate use, and get rid of the rest of that junk.
It’s time to toss those half-used sauces that you only kind of like. Face facts, if you were ever going to use it, you would have by now. Go through the fridge and pull out anything that’s on its last legs or expired. Dump it out safely and appropriately and then you can recycle the bottles.
When you’re ready to cook something, you want access to the small appliances that you actually use. It’s time to move on from those appliances. You’re probably not going to find a use for it any time soon and someone else will probably benefit from it more than you would.
Old Dish Towels & Cloth Napkins
When you open your drawer to grab a tea towel, dish towel or cloth napkin, you’ll probably find some that are stained, have holes in them or just look beat up. Go through the drawer and pull out anything that’s not looking so hot or fresh. You only want to have stuff that is in good condition ready to serve their purpose.
Rarely Used Cookbooks
Ehem ehem! It’s time to toss, give away, or donate those books you rarely open. Cookbooks take up a lot of space, and while the recipes look amazing, if you haven’t used it yet you’re probably not going. Find the cookbooks that you don’t use, save some space and get rid of them.
Single Serving Sauces and Cutlery
We don’t order takeout that often but when we do, we used to put all of the extra ketchup packets, little soy sauce packets, sweet-and-sour sauce, pizza dipping sauce, chopsticks, plastic cutlery etc. in a junk drawer. Get rid of all of it! You know why? You likely already have soy sauce, ketchup and all that other stuff, and does anyone really need that creamy garlic pizza dipping sauce? If you’re ordering takeout and you know that you don’t want to have that waste, just let them know when you order.
Go through your spice drawer, pick out anything that is old, unused, or has only a tiny bit left bring it out for your next cook or toss it away.
When friends or family travel they often bring you back a souvenir. It might be a magnet or a shot glass, or some other knick-knack. While you’re really happy for them that they went on that trip, it sounded amazing, but do you really need that shot glass taking up space in your cupboard? Probably not. If you aren’t a cocktail connoisseur then find a new home for that shot glass, or magnet, or snow globe or that other souvenir you’re not using.