This is the first challenge in The Organised Life Project. We’re going to declutter your kitchen. If you haven’t read the Introductory Post, please do so first. I also highly recommend signing up to join our community in the form at the bottom of this page!
Week 1: Declutter Your Kitchen
We’re starting in the kitchen. This is partly because it’s the heart of the home, and partly because it’s probably where we spend a significant amount of our time when we’re at home. Whether you love cooking or hate it, we have to feed ourselves and our families.
I also think that the kitchen can hold a lot of guilt. I have food I bought on a whim (chia seeds anyone?) which I don’t use, but I know was fairly expensive. I have things that people bought me as gifts which I don’t use. I have a random cupboard where I stash sweets from party bags which has become really untidy, and I don’t know what’s in there. Every time I see that food, those sweets or the gifts, I feel guilty. I don’t want to feel guilty in my own home, so it needs to be sorted.
Finally, we’ll save money! If we work out what we’ve got, it saves us buying things we don’t need. That can only be a good thing.
The Weekly Challenge
Take a good look at your kitchen, particularly the worktops. The less stuff you have out on the worktops, the clearer your kitchen will be.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What utensils do I need out on the worktops?
- Can I put away any of the others?
- Do I have any utensils that I don’t use?
- How can I manage paper in my kitchen?
Personally, I need a kettle, toaster and mixer on my worktop. That’s it. I then have loads of clear space for working and cooking, but also, it’s easy to see what needs washing up or putting away.
I think paper can be a big problem in the kitchen. It’s where you unpack the children’s bags, where you open your mail, where you leave notes for each other. We will create systems for this (next month), but for now, clear what you’ve got.
So your weekly challenge for this week is to clear your kitchen worktops.
The Daily Challenges: Declutter Your Kitchen
Monday: Pick a food cupboard. Spend 10-15 minutes tidying it, throwing away any food that is out of date, or that you don’t use. Stack things so that you can see them.
Tuesday: Pick a cupboard where you store equipment or utensils. Get rid of anything you don’t use. Throw out any Tupperware boxes which have lost their lids. Tidy it, and stack things so that you can get to them easily.
Wednesday: Pick another food cupboard. Spend 10-15 minutes tidying it, throwing away any food that is out of date, or that you don’t use. Stack things so that you can see them.
Thursday: Tackle your freezer. Defrost it if necessary. Throw away or use up any ‘ends’ of food. Make a list of things to use up in the next few weeks.
Friday: Sort out underneath your sink. Get rid of anything you don’t use (safely, don’t just throw it down the sink). Tidy it and arrange the products so you can grab them easily.
Saturday: Pick a drawer. Tidy it and get rid of anything you don’t use.
Sunday: Pick a cupboard or drawer. Tidy it and get rid of anything you don’t use, anything that is out of date.
What to do with the things you’re getting rid of
Food: Unopened, long-life food can be taken to a local food bank. For everything else, throw it away (unless you can create tonight’s dinner with it.)
Utensils: Charity shops will always take utensils. You can sometimes book a collection.
It is always better to give things away rather than throw them away. However, if ‘giving something to a charity shop’ actually translates to ‘sitting in the hallway for 6 weeks,’ you’re probably better to throw it out. I know this won’t sit well with some people, but things sitting in the hallway for weeks only create more clutter and more guilt. If you’re giving things to a charity shop, either book a collection asap or take it before next weekend.
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Ready for week 2? Head to this post: Decluttering your living room