Years ago, a friend advised me, "When life gets out of control, declutter!" Point being, clutter is something you can control. You throw away stuff that stresses you out. You see concrete results. I ultimately threw away 24 bags of trash, took 40 bags to thrift store and four truckloads to the dump over 40 Days thanks to a wonderful blogger who posted about her own journey, 40 Bags in 40 Days. Not only did I lose stuff, I gained muscle mass with all that carrying to the car and down from the attic and lost a lot of that out of control feeling.
Nothing gets more cluttered than my kitchen. It was the job I dreaded the most but I learned a lot.
1) A clean counter is one less obstacle to cooking...unless you don't want to mess it up.
|A clean counter is a thing of beauty.|
|The thrift store got a lot of freebie mugs I collected over the years. I keep the good stuff.|
|Yep, they are stained and ripped but cookbooks on the top row and middle kept us alive as newlyweds.|
5) Are you really keeping your important kitchen implements in the right place? I had stuffed my collection of kitchen towels and oven mitts in a tiny drawer. It was constantly getting stuck when I opened it. I had a bigger drawer only half full of sandwich bags, plastic wraps and parchment paper. Off to a shelf on my pantry they went and voila! Plenty of space for my linens and such. Some folks move their utensils to a crock on the counter by the stove. Others use a hanging rack. Whatever you choose, make the most of your space.
So what about you? Have you done a kitchen declutter lately, ever? What is the one thing you just can't throw out for sentimental reasons?