declutter your kitchen
The kitchen is most likely the room that you use most often, which also means it probably has the most clutter. It can feel overwhelming and endless - but trust us, by following these steps you can declutter and be prepared for moving day. Just remember: If you don't get rid of it, you have to pack, load, carry, unload, unpack it and then you would still have to put it away. You will save yourself time, effort, stress and money by just doing it now.
clear the counter
The first place to start is the counter. Clear it. Keep only the few (3-5) essentials such as toaster, knife block and coffee maker. Place everything else on the kitchen table.
clear the table
Once you have cleared off your counters, find a home for everything that you have placed on your kitchen table. It either belongs somewhere, or you probably don't need it. In the event that you want to keep an item that doesn't already have a home, considering getting rid of something else to make room.
divide and conquer
Now that your counters are clear you're ready to move onto the cupboards. Tackle each cupboard individually to ensure that you don't get overwhelmed.
As you go through each of the cupboards take everything out and place it on the table. Make sure you wipe out the cupboard while it's empty. Once your cupboard is clean you can begin to put items back in, we find that the best way to ensure you are only keeping what you need is to only put items away that have "earned" their part of your available kitchen real estate.
13 THINGS TO THROW OUT RIGHT NOW
- Lidless Tupperware Containers (we ALL have them)
- Magnets You Don't Actually Use or Collect
- Expired Foods & Sauces
- Empty Cleaner Bottles (these can be recycled once rinsed)
- Old Shopping Bags
- Napkins & Condiments You;ve Stolen From Various Fast-Food Restaurants
- Old, Dead or Unused Batteries (click here to learn how to properly dispose of)
- Take Out Menus You Never Use
- Recipe Books You Forgot You Owned (Pinterest is a great place for recipes!)
- Take-Out Chopsticks & Plastic Cutlery
- Fancy Serving Bowls You Haven't Used In A Year (you can probably sell these)
- Kitchen Knives No-One Uses
- Expired Vitamins
Once your cupboard is clean you can begin to put items back in, we find that the best way to ensure you are only keeping what you need is to only put items away that have "earned" their part of your available kitchen real estate.
When in doubt ask yourself the following questions:
Start eating up the food that you have in your house. If you don't eat it, you have to move it. Plus think of all the money you will save on groceries!
- Do I like this?
- How often do I use this?
- Does it have all the pieces / does it work?
- Do I have duplicates, or other items that do the same thing?
Don't forget to organize as you go, consider using small baskets, drawer dividers and other organization tools to keep your kitchen in order.
Continue this process for each cupboard, drawer, pantry and the area under the sink.
the fridge and freezer
The last step - you're so close.
Start by throwing out all of the expired condiments and the rotting food in the fridge and then all of the freezer burnt food and garbage in the freezer. Plan to eat up the food that's left before you move.
Many of us own many "convenience" items such as waffle irons, food choppers, crock pots, etc. These items a great - if you use them. If instead of using them you find yourself pulling out a knife and cutting board to chop vegetables or cooking stew on the stove, consider getting rid of them.
If you're still not sure about something, pack it into a box. You're moving anyway, so you're only saving yourself a step. If by the time you move you haven't missed any of the items that are in the box - get rid of it.
Magazine holders are excellent organizers for the kitchen. You can use them to store your onions and potatoes in a dark place without all of that lovely onion peel mess. You can also use them to store your soup cans, your tinfoil and saran wrap, cutting boards and more!
Invest in some lazy susans. They work well in the fridge to hold the condiments and in the cupboards to hold spices, baking goods, water bottles, etc. Consider purchasing these once you move into your new home.