Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Clutter Cure: Kitchen Edition

            A new year is here! January is always a great time to do some serious clean out as we put Christmas decorations away and give our houses a good cleaning. Today we will look at the kitchen and some specific things we can to do start 2013 off on the right foot.



            Plastic containers-go through and match up every lid and plastic container. If                               you don’t have a match for it, throw it away.

            Small appliances-does your toaster only toast one side of the bread? Crockpot                              only cook on half the bottom? Get rid of anything needing repair.

            Plastic cups-do you have stacks and stacks of plastic cups? Keep only the ones                             you use on a consistent basis and get rid of the rest. Don’t worry-you will                          accumulate more.

            Spices- Clean out your spice cabinet. Look online to see how long each spice                                 should be kept and throw away accordingly.

            Glasses- Did your aunt give you hand painted drinking glasses? Hand wash only?                          Have they been sitting in your cabinet for the past 5 year untouched                             
                         because you don’t want to have to fool with hand washing them? Give them
                         away! Goodwill would be happy to accept your donation.

            Junk Drawer-we all have one. Dump everything out and only put back what you                                     need to keep. Be ruthless!


When in doubt, ask yourself these questions.

  1. Do I really need this?
  2. Do I love it?
  3. Do I already have something else that will work?
  4. Do I use it regularly?
  5. Where am I going to put it?
  6. How hard would it be to replace this item someday if I needed to?

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