How to Declutter Your Kitchen
“Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” ~ A.A. Milne (author of ‘Winnie the Pooh’)
As you’re getting ready to move you’re probably looking around your home and wondering what to do first.
Before you begin packing boxes, take stock of where you are. No place can be as frustrating in a move as a disorganized kitchen. A well-organized kitchen makes preparing meals and eating them a joy, while one that’s disorganized and cluttered can lead to frustration.
Before you start packing your kitchen and bring clutter with you to your new home, keep the following tips in mind to reduce the excess.
Open all your drawers, cupboards, closets, and storage spaces where you keep your kitchen and cooking items (including your food pantry) and take note of what you have. Get a big picture of your belongings before you jump right in and start boxing things up.
Get Rid of Appliances You No Longer Need
If you have anything that’s damaged or needs to be repaired, now is the time to get rid of it. Even if you’ve meant to fix, for example, a toaster, it’s far simpler and cheaper to get rid of it and purchase a brand new one for your new home rather than box it up and bring it with you.
You’ll save time, frustration, and money in the long run by eliminating things you don’t need or want any more.
Dispose of Unneeded Utensils
You may have amassed dozens of wooden spoons, spatulas, and various odds and ends over the years, but ask yourself: how many of them do I use on a day-to-day basis? Are they just taking up space in a drawer, or do you take them out and use them from time to time? Are they things you use once a year during the holidays or items that you use every week?
Evaluate Baking Utensils
If you have broken, rusted, or worn-out baking sheets, cracked casserole pans, or other damaged bakeware, dispose of them now. You can use aluminum bakeware as a stopgap measure in your new home until you make a final decision what to buy.
Take Stock of Your Dishes
Have you broken a few plates or glasses of a matched set? Is the pattern of your dishware no longer available? Are any bowls, drinking glasses, or plates chipped, cracked, or just worn out?
Now is the perfect time to donate mismatched or gently used items you don’t want to take with you to your favorite charity like the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Not only will you lighten your load, but you can also take a tax write-off for your charitable donations.
Look Under Your Kitchen Sink
If you’re like most people, the space under your kitchen sink may have become a place to store extra dish soap, cleansers, kitchen garbage bags, and miscellaneous household chemicals.
Garbage bags are always useful for packing, but transporting chemicals is dangerous, sometimes illegal, and can lead to a moving nightmare. Donate your household chemicals to a neighbor, or dispose of them properly in garbage bins.
You can purchase new household chemicals and supplies when you arrive at your new home.
Making the Move Easier
Taking stock of your kitchen before you begin packing is essential. Now that you know what you have, and you’ve gotten rid of what you don’t want or need, you’re ready to begin boxing up your kitchen.
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