The kitchen is the most used place in the entire house and often ends up as a catch all. The kitchen also serves as the central hub of the family and also function as an office, dining room, food prep, bill & homework station and more.
Refer to your plan for the areas in your kitchen that need to be de-cluttered. Break up the kitchen into zones and focus on each zone for 15 minutes. If you take 15 minutes per day, you will tackle the kitchen list below in just 1 week. If you don’t have time each day, you can group these tasks into batches and tackle them during the week when you do have a few minutes. The most important thing for you to do is make this a priority, get creative with your time and make this work for your lifestyle.
- Refrigerator – check the drawers for odd sauce packets, the fruit and veggie drawers and the shelves on the door for expired dressing, sauces and condiments
- Freezer – Dig deep and check out the items that have be pushed to the bottom and the back of the shelves, toss it if you can’t identify what it is or can’t remember when you bought it.. it is likely way to old
- Pantry – sort like items with like items, check the expiration dates, toss anything that is expired and donate any food that you know you won’t be using before that date. Food pantries get a lot of donations around the holidays and things slow down after the start of the New Year.
- Junk drawers – tackle a drawer, at a time.
- Utensil canister & drawer – do u you use all the utensils in here? Are they in good shape? What do you use all the time, keep those items close. Everything else can go in a drawer or find a better home.
- Under the kitchen sink – keep kitchen cleaner, dish and hand soap handy here. Is there anything under here that belongs somewhere else?
- Paper piles – If this is where you sort your mail, review school papers and accumulate other paperwork determine if this is the best place? For many households, this is what works for them but as a result you may end up with piles all over the place. Embrace the reality of the mini-home office in your kitchen by creating a system that works to manage the madness. Use decorative folders, bins, a recycling box, etc. to manage the paper.
- Repurpose items when you can. A spice jar could be used for crafts supplies such as buttons or office supplies such as paper clips, etc.
- If you are sorting through a junk drawer, sort out the stuff that doesn’t belong and put it in bowls or mini containers so they can easily be returned to their home.
- Create a folder for menus, take a picture of the menu for future reference OR log the number in your phone and toss the paper
- Create a bin or an area in your kitchen for things that you need to remember to take with you, DVD & library book returns, signed papers for school, etc.
- Designate an area where your child’s school or daycare stuff goes each day so you don’t leave anything behind
- Create a charging station for technology
- Multi-task – download a book or a podcast and listen to it while you work
- As you are cooking dinner one night in between stirring pasta, look through your utensils and grab the things that are broken or that you don’t need any longer. If you only use these items for special occasions or holidays, store them in a different place from your everyday items.
- Designate a mini-recycling bin for your countertop or under your sink to collect recyclables. It is the largest source of recycling in the house.
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