I get it; you’re busy. Your life is as hectic as your kitchen pantry. I’m here to help you declutter your kitchen, and gain back some sanity.
Below are a few tips on how you can declutter as well as organize:
- Double-Anything must go. Two coffee pots? Two spatulas? Pick your favourite and donate the other.
- Live off your pantry. You read that right. Live off your pantry, your fridge and freezer for as long as you can. If you hit the ‘end’ of it and buy a full grocery, donate what you didn’t eat. Apparently, you dislike what it is, and another family would greatly appreciate the donation.
- Toss utensils you don’t use. We have this giant spatula made for pancakes that’s super cool, but just as impractical. Why do we have it? No idea. Time for the donation bin.
- Donate mismatched pots. You can get a matching set for under $100. That, my friends, is worth sanity to me. I hated having mismatched pots which some had lids for and some didn’t. It was a hassle each and every time I cooked. Tossed them out and got a new set. Amazon, Walmart and Canadian Tire all have under $100 options. Do this with drinkware, dinnerware, and knives/forks.
- Toss non-functional Tupperware. Tupperware that is missing either the top or the actual pot. What I like to do is empty the entire drawer and match lids to bottoms. Whatever is left at the end goes in the trash bag.
- Novelty appliances must go! Are you really going to use that cake pop maker again? I’m sure the novelty has run out. Give it to the first 13-year-old you see.
- Shopping bag organization. I love the plastic shopping bags you get from the store for using on cat litter, but I’m horrible at keeping them organized. So, I went to the dollar store and got a 1$ medium sized bin and shoved them all in there. Keeps them tidy, and I don’t have to spend hours folding them neatly. (eye roll)
- Cleaners. Toss old cleaners that you no longer use, and whatever knick knacks you have under your sink. I found some old-style light bulbs the other day that wasn’t any good. Tossed those, along with a potato cleaning brush (what the heck?)
- Organize everything. Stack everything neatly, put dry goods in containers or tubs, just generally keep things neat and tidy.
- Keep lists. Do you have a deep freezer? Keep a running tally of the contents on a piece of paper outside of the freezer. I like to write down my meal makers such as meat or frozen entrees big enough for both Ryan and I. Example:
Six chicken breast
Two marinating steak
1kg chicken nuggets
One pkg stewing beef
I wouldn’t add things for quick lunches or snacks. Unless you feel the need to keep a tally of those, too. I find this super easy for meal planning.
- Before you shop; make another list! Make a shopping list and a list of what you have in your pantry. Just to make sure you don’t buy duplicates that you don’t need. It’ll also cut down on buying stuff on a whim when you have a grocery list. Meal planning is crucial! (see the trend?)
- Keep Countertops Useful. In a week, if you don’t use the items on your counter, put them in a cupboard or store them elsewhere. This helps keep your countertops clean, and useful.
I must warn you, take on your kitchen one cupboard at a time. Don’t empty them all and then get a call that Litle Timmy bit a teacher and you have to go pick him up, again. Your production rate will drop tremendously once you get back home, and your kitchen will likely end up worse than when you started.
Expect to get overwhelmed. If you enter this thinking your kitchen is perfect, and you won’t have much to toss, you’re wrong. You have a lot of stuff; I have a lot of stuff; we can get through this together. Essentially what I’m trying to say is; get the large bottle of wine.
I urge you to donate everything you don’t want to keep, and there are people who would appreciate whatever you don’t want, especially the food.