Decluttering the kitchen – focusing on drawers
Right. Now with each drawer, empty out the entire contents including the organising tray(s). Clean out the drawer. And start repacking the contents BUT only put back items you know you’ve used in the last two to three months or so. Any other item that’s in doubt, goes into the large plastic container. Repeat for every drawer.
One thing to note is that it’s best to store like with like. It cuts down on doubling up of items (which in turn cuts down on the amount of storage needed). For example, you don’t need two potato mashers, right?
The kitchen is one of those places we need to be pretty brutally honest with ourselves…..there may be ALOT of great intentions about learning cake decorating or Indian cooking to justify the exotic spices or expensive tools we’ve bought (usually on impulse), but really….and I mean, REALLY….are you going to use these? If the answer is “yes”, then action these in the next few days. If the answer is “no”, then you know what you need to do…CHUCK (or donate….you know the drill)!
While you’re doing the drawers, remember the usual rules of repair (anything we can fix) or chuck (anything stained, beyond resurrection etc) or donate.
So, once you’ve done all the drawers, pop the lid on that box and date it 3 months into the future. If you haven’t opened the box in 3 months, chances are that you won’t. So, donate to your closest charity! Don’t even open the box (avoiding temptation is often the best approach;-)).
Final tip….inspirational music can help doing these sometimes challenging jobs. Queen’s “We are the champions” or Madonna can be quite helpful ;-@