Kitchens just seem to attract clutter! As they are the heart of the home, it goes without saying that you’re likely to be used as a family’s dumping ground for all manner of trinkets and tumbleweeds. Enter Kim Carruthers – this mother of two, management consultant and expert in packing, removal and unpacking shares her easy tips for streamlining your space.
1. Recipe books
If you haven’t cooked a recipe in it in the last year, donate it. If you only use one or two recipes or a book, cut them out or photocopy them, and put them in a file folder, then donate the book. By focusing on your signature dishes you will master them. Don’t keep the unused evidence of trends that became fads, healthy ideas you couldn’t persuade the kids to try, or recipes that just weren’t your thing.
2. Glassware & crockery
Do you have a huge dinner set that you only use part of? You don’t have to keep the set together, donate the pieces that you don’t use. Don’t keep the cocktail glasses if you never make cocktails or the champagne glasses if you really prefer beer. If you have glasses or crockery on the top shelf that you keep for Sunday best but never use either donate them, or pull them down and USE them – make every day a special occasion.
3. Small appliances & random attachments
If you feel guilty that you haven’t used a juicer, bread maker, chocolate fountain, popcorn maker or food processor in the last year, pass it on to a culinary diva who will get pleasure out of it (and possibly share the spoils). If you can’t identify where the blade, beater or lid belongs, get rid of it. Yes, you can break up a set, just keep the parts you really use. There is no point feeling guilty about what you aren’t doing or the things you aren’t using – clear the space and feel good about the things you are doing.
4. Cleaning products
We buy the sparkle in the picture on the bottle, but then just find that we still have to do the cleaning. Assemble the ones you aren’t using and pass them on – community venues like the local Scout hall are often only too happy to receive free cleaning products. Make sure the rest are stored safely away from kids and pets.
5. Menu planning
By planning a menu for the week and noting what you already have before you go shopping you can avoid clutter build up in the pantry. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just write the key dish for each day at the top of the page, and list the ingredients. Then cross off anything you already have in the pantry.