What is the biggest relief for a woman who manages everything in the whole universe? It is the relief of LIVING LIGHTER. Relief of not living in a space full of clutter. And it’s Saturday! Last week I talked about wardrobe detox and this week I promised to talk about kitchen declutter. Kitchen is one of those places where we spend most of our time preparing meals, organizing pantry and managing appliances. It is also a place where germs can easily enjoy their stay with some sumptuous meals. So, it is extremely important to take out sometime every 3 months to declutter your kitchen
Here are 5 golden steps to declutter and organize your kitchen.
1- Create a mess
Yes! This the first step to declutter your kitchen. Make your canvass and fill some colors into it. Take out everything from your kitchen cupboards and open all the closets so that fresh air can dance in its rhythm inside it. Wipe the cupboard and spread some sheet so that next time when you do this exercise it is less messy.
2- Get three boxes
Pick up three boxes and label them TRASH, DONATE and SPACE STEALERS
This requires no brain and it is the easiest thing to do. Throw away anything useless, too old and expired. Throw away that old cookie cutter that you can’t let go. Throw away food products that have reached the expiry date but are still conquering the space in your shelf. Throw away anything you haven’t used for last 6 months.
How full are your utensil drawers? I am sure it’s full. This is the best time to decide which utensil you want to donate, keep and throw. Donate food products that you don’t eat but you bought it just for the sake of buying. Yes! We do it most of the time. But remember to check the expiry date before donating any food item.
There are few items that not only steal space from your kitchen but also multiply. For example plastic bags, bottles, damaged or old containers that you don’t use. Identify at least 5 of these space stealers and decide their fate.
3- ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN SHELF
Once you have segregated your kitchen items, you will be shocked to know how much clutter resided in your kitchen. And you always complained that you have a small kitchen. Huh!
Now, it’s time to keep items as per their usage. Most used items like oil, spices, flour, salt, sugar etc should find their place in the bottom of the shelf so that its reachable. Items that you use once in 3 months should be kept in the upper shelf.
4- DO IT DAILY
Sweep your counter tops and keep everything back into place. There are few items that never stick to its spot, so try finding a place for such items. Throw garbage daily.
If you love peaceful mornings then wash your dishes before sleeping. This will not only give you a clean kitchen in the morning but also helps you in planning your day more peacefully.
5- DON’T FORGET THE GOLDEN RULE
Here are few golden rules of the organized kitchen.
a) TRASH ANYTHING NOT USED IN LAST SIX MONTHS
b) GIVEAWAY OR DONATE DUPLICATE ITEMS IN THE KITCHEN
c) TAKE INVENTORY OF FOOD STUFF ( HELPS IN MAKING GROCERY LIST)
d) CLEAN KITCHEN CLOTHS EVERY WEEK
e) LOVE FOR CUTLERY IS GOOD BUT DON’T OVER DO IT
These golden rules will make your life a little easier. Cooking your meal and eating will be less stressful if you declutter your kitchen every month or every 3 month. Believe me we use half the stuff we own. Keep check on it, you will not only save some money but also some precious space.
Next time, don’t say you have a small kitchen!