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A New Space By New Years - Part 2 - The Kitchen

The 6 part series dedicated to helping you de-clutter your home in time to start the New Year off right!

Part 2 - The Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s important to clear out the cholestorol-like clutter from time to time, especially this close to the holidays.

Here are a few ideas to make this heart surgery a little less like, well, heart surgery:

1. Work from space to space. By starting with the fridge, then moving through each cupboard individually and pulling out what you don’t need or never use, you won’t get overwhelmed by the overall amount of items you actually have in your kitchen.

2. Don’t look at the items as though they’ll eventually be useful. Consider how much use each item actually gets each day.

If you have a stack of ratty, worn-out dish towels that never get any use and just sit in the back of your towel drawer, don’t worry about the off-chance that you might have a small flood in your kitchen ten years down the road.

Just throw them out or give them to someone who can use them. Noah probably won’t be riding his ark into your kitchen any time soon. The same goes for the utensils in the “drawer of weird kitchen tools.” If you’ve had that whisk for five years and still have no clue how to use it, get rid of it.

3. Go where you’ve never gone before. Yeah, I’m talking about that drawer in the refrigerator that you haven’t opened in a few weeks.

Check the back of the pantry for old bags of chips while you’re at it. Just because you like the brand of chips is no reason to hold onto it in hopes that you’ll be in the mood for them some evening down the road. They’re stale, so get rid of them.

Also, it’s a good idea to avoid putting any type of perishable item where it isn’t easily seen. Instead, put the non-food items in the back of the pantry, followed by canned foods closer to the front and the chips toward the front, since canned foods generally have a much longer shelf life.

That way, you won’t waste as much food just because it’s not readily noticeable. When it comes to food, “out of sight, out of mind” is not necessarily a good thing.

Once you’ve cleaned out the kitchen, you’ll notice that you’re more likely to want to cook something rather than ordering in or eating out. A de-cluttered space is an inviting one, so if you stumble across any old recipe books while you’re cleaning, don’t be afraid to thumb through it and try something new. You may be surprised at what you find!

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