A fresh approach to decluttering your kitchen
Think about the last time you stepped into your kitchen. Was it a pleasant experience where you could do what you needed to easily – or did you struggle to find a spot to prepare your breakfast or sit down to eat due to the clutter and disorder around you?
If you’re constantly feeling overwhelmed in your kitchen, it may be time to make some changes. Decluttering your kitchen can be a daunting process, so we’ve found a fresh approach to help you start your journey to a clutter-free, organised and happy kitchen you’ll love to spend time in.
Step 1: Observe yourself
The first step in the decluttering process is to take some time to observe how you and your household use the kitchen as it is now. Spend at least a month making notes of how your kitchen is being used – and think ahead to how you’d like to use it after it’s been decluttered. Make sure to take into account how your kitchen use changes with the seasons.
Step 2: Create a plan for your dream kitchen
Write down a plan for how you’d like your dream kitchen to be organised. Make note of every cabinet space and shelving you have available, and give each space a purpose. Again, think about how you use your kitchen and tailor each space accordingly. If your kitchen has built-in appliances, work your plan around the items. You could, for example, assign pots, pans, spices and utensils to cabinets close to your stove so you can easily reach them when cooking.
Step 3: Get mentally prepared to declutter
For your clutter-free mission to succeed, it’s important that you approach it with the right mindset. Decluttering inevitably means parting with items you may have become attached to, which can be an emotional and difficult process. Be prepared to be harsh with yourself as well as realistic to ensure you’re only holding on to items that give you value, will be used, or are essential.
Step 4: Mix and match your favourite decluttering methods
There are many methods for decluttering your kitchen. Choose two or three methods to create an enjoyable process that you’re more likely to stick to. Here are just a couple of our favourite methods:
The Four Box Method:
Label four large boxes with the following and place each item in your kitchen in their corresponding box. For large items, place a Post-It note on it with the name of its designated box:
- Keep – items you’ll use regularly and have the space for.
- Sell or Donate – items that are of good quality but you’ll never use.
- Storage – seasonal items that you don’t use regularly but will be needed later.
- Bin – anything that can’t go in any of the previous boxes.
The 12-12-12 Challenge:
Find 12 items each to throw away, donate or sell, and keep. Do this daily until everything in your kitchen has a place and purpose. You can increase or decrease this number depending on how many items there are in your kitchen.
For both these methods, let your kitchen dictate how many individual items you can keep – if you run out of shelf space for your mugs, you probably need to reduce your mug count rather than increasing your shelving.
Keep your kitchen clutter-free
Once your kitchen is completely decluttered and organised, make sure you keep it that way by assessing every item that enters your home. Only keep or store things that you love and are sure to use, and keep practising your chosen decluttering methods regularly for an organised, pleasant kitchen year-round.
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