At the start of September, I set two lofty goals: slice my grocery budget to $200 and declutter my kitchen. Of the two, decluttering the kitchen has unexpectedly become the bigger burden. I’m not a gourmet chef; I don’t host epic dinner parties on a regular basis. It’s not like I was trying to part with my shoes or something. So how hard could it be, right? It turns out, it’s been far more challenging than I expected. Though I am still in the midst of making a final pass through my kitchen, here’s my vote for ten items that any kitchen can do without.
- Junk mail. Don’t even bring it inside. Ever. I now sort my mail right over the recycle bin in the garage.
- Hardboiled egg slicer. Really, any gadget that takes more time to clean than use should go.
- Mugs. A set of coffee mugs to go with your dishes is fine. Maybe you have a favorite souvenir. Ditch the rest.
- Unwanted food items. Any items that are continually passed over should either be purposefully used up or donated.
- Office supplies. How many pens, scissors, or sticky notes do you really need?
- Storage containers. If you have more storage containers than your refrigerator can hold, it’s time to bid adieu to a few of them.
- Candles. Keep one or two, but consider donating, selling, or regifting the others.
- Special occasion anything. If you host high tea every weekend, I suppose you could make the case for a set of china tea cups. Otherwise, I’m not buying it.
- Outdated items. If something has expired, check this list to see if it’s safe to eat. Otherwise, toss it. This applies to expired coupons, as well.
- Anything else you have not used in the past month.
Now that I have identified much of what needs to be edited out of my kitchen, I am sorting items into three categories: trash/recycle, donate, or sell/consign. Though I haven’t completed a final count, I do know that I have already used up or removed far more items than I thought I owned. The clock’s ticking, so back to decluttering I go.
*Unless you live in a magical land that accepts expired coupons. If that’s the case, I’d like to become your neighbor.
So Tell Me…What else would you add to this list? What are the must-have items for you in your kitchen?