When was the last time you decluttered your kitchen?
I mean, really cleared out all the stuff you don’t use?
If it’s been awhile, here’s a list to help you get started. You won’t miss this stuff!
1. “recycled” glass jars you don’t use
2. “recycled” plastic storage containers you planned to use but never do
3. plastic storage containers with missing lids
4. travel mugs that don’t have a lid or that leak or that you don’t use
5. outgrown children’s dishes, utensils, cups
6. broken magnets and those you no longer like
7. dead plants, dusty artificial plants/flowers that are past their prime
8. vases you don’t use or duplicate vases
9. take out menus you don’t use, old calendars, phone books
10. cookbooks you don’t use – look online for recipes from now on
11. worn out sponges & scrub brushes, and threadbare dishtowels & rags
12. instruction manuals you’ve never used (you can get them online if needed later)
13. decor you no longer like – take a close look – you probably don’t even notice most of it anymore
14. cookie cutters & baking pans/specialty items you don’t use
15. take out condiments/cutlery/chopsticks that don’t get used
16. serving dishes you don’t use
17. burned up candles and those you don’t like/use
18. utensils, knives, and gadgets you don’t use, plus duplicates that don’t get used
19. expired pet food and snacks, & those that don’t get eaten
20. placemats, cloth napkins and tablecloths that don’t get used
21. junky or chipped cups, glasses or mugs that you don’t use
22. dishes you don’t need or use
23. old spices you never use, expired food
24. expired medicine and supplements/vitamins
25. broken appliances and appliances you never use (goodbye dehydrator and ice cream maker!)
If getting rid of things you may need “someday” is difficult for you, box up/bag up the items you don’t use. Label the box/bag with a date six months from now. Put it in an out of the way location, like the garage, attic or other storage space.
Once those items have been out of sight for a while, you’ll realize you haven’t needed or missed them AT ALL. It will be much easier to get rid of your kitchen clutter at that point.
But only do this if discarding unused things is a major struggle for you. Otherwise, donate, recycle, and toss now.
Your kitchen, home, and life will become uncluttered if you stop holding on to stuff you don’t use or love.