The kitchen is probably the most cluttered room because of all those high shelves at the top of every cabinet. Those shelves serve no purpose except to tuck away those things that serve no purpose except to fill all that empty space. On the top shelf of just one cabinet, I have three plastic M&M dispensers, a fondue dish, a ceramic pot to cook flower pot bread even though I don’t bake, a few old, broken birthday candles and a cracked pot lid that has long lost its pot. Time to de-clutter.
1. De-Gadget: This is probably the hardest part. Take a look at all your gadgets. More than likely, you have a ton of gadgets and mini-appliances such as bread makers, or dinosaur shaped cake molds that have been sitting on those high shelves, unused, for the past decade. If they’re in good shape, donate them to charity, or if they’re still unopened in the box it came in, make sure they still work and if you want a few extra dollars, sell them on eBay. It may be hard to let go of these, but more than likely, you’ll be glad to have more space to store even newer gadgets.
2. De-Utensil: I have three drawers full of cooking spoons, spatulas and the like. There are probably no more than ten that are my favorites and that I use at least once a week, a few I may have a use for several times a year, but the majority of those utensils do nothing but take up space. Assuming you’re like me, and have five of the exact same sized wooden spoons, getting rid of two should not be too hard.
3. De-Plastic: I’m a firm believer that those plastic food storage bowls and lids repopulate, but not at the same rate. Unless, of course, you need them. I think they sense when you’re cooking way too much or plan on cooking something your family won’t touch, and then they scurry off and hide and make you think you don’t have enough plastic storage containers. Regardless, start matching them up and get rid of the orphans.
4. De-Pot and Pan: I haven’t bought a single pot or pan in my life. Between wedding gifts and two sets of grandparents who decided all they needed was one pot and one pan to get by, my cupboard is full of everything from cast iron to Teflon, from tiny pots that will boil a single pea to gargantuan pots that will cook enough to feed the neighborhood. And every quarter inch size in between. I know I’m fortunate and all that, but it’s time for a few to go.
5. De-Catch: I didn’t inherit this concept of a catch-all drawer from my mother; she was a firm believer of everything in its place. But I do have a catch-all drawer, complete with the gooey substance on the bottom that has glued down a liner of expired coupons, junk mail fliers and a few pennies and nickels. (Thank you, Erma, for making me feel normal about this). Unfortunately, it also holds old bills, pens and pencils that have long lost their ink or lead, vitamins I’ve sworn to take but are expired, among other things. Clearing out a catch-all drawer can actually be fun. Random dollar bills or even checks may be hidden in there, so don’t just grab and dump, look through each item carefully. A savings bond I purchased four years ago was stuck behind a Chinese food menu, attached via a blob of dried duck sauce.