Monday, March 28, 2011

How to Declutter your Kitchen in just 5 Easy Steps

Do you find yourself trying to find certain utensils in your kitchen while cooking? You know it was just there, but it isn’t anymore.  You start to blame family members for taking it and not putting it back? Do you open up drawers and have a hard time trying to close them because they are full of clutter? If this all sounds familiar to you then you have come to the right place. 

I will explain 5 easy steps to declutter your kitchen in no time flat:
  1.  Start by making sure the dishes have been washed and put away. Try to have the counters washed and cleared of clutter before you move to the next step.
  2.   Locate some spare boxes along with some garbage bags. You will be using these for garbage and donations.
  3.  Beginning at one end of the kitchen go through the drawers and cabinets, shelves,  and countertopss. As you go through each and every piece, ask yourself,  “When do I use this?”   Remember, a "maybe" does not count here.  It is a "do use? or "don't use?  Anything you do use will be kept.  It  will be cleaned up and put back  into the drawer or cabinet.   Anything you don't use will be put into a pile to be donated.  Or perhaps, tossed.  It's as simple as that.  Remember if you have not used a particular kitchen tool or gadget, and have done without it for any length of time, you will not miss it.  Stay strong and do not bring emotion into your cleaning.  Unused items are clutter.  
  4. Next comes the almighty refrigerator.  Place a trash bag next to the refrigerator as you begin.  Go through the WHOLE refrigerator. "Don't remember when you had it last?"  GARBAGE!  Last week's dinner container?  GARGAGE!  Chinest take-out?  GARBAGE!  The fridge door is known to have salad dressings, sauces, and dips with expired dates.  Not only is this messy, it can make you ill.  Guess what?  GARBAGE!
  5. Above all, pace yourself.  You are not running a marathon.  Take your time so don't get discouraged.  If you rush it will only make things worse.  Remember, generally clutter occurred over a course of time.  It took time to accumulate clutter, it will take time to clear the clutter.  Decluttering your kitchen does not happen like magic.  

But following the quick steps Ive outlined can be next to magic.  Learn more about how to declutter your kitchen from Mimi Tanner, who is one of the leading experts in this field.  

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