It’s that time of year, friends. When we put away all the excess Christmas decorations. For many of us it’s much colder outside, possibly snowy which leads to more time spent indoors. Then we begin to look around and realize…wow, where did all this junk come from? I don’t know about you, but for me physical clutter makes my head spin. Excess stuff can really begin to overwhelm me and about every 3ish months I have to do a scan through each room of my home to purge and organize. Maybe you received some new things this Christmas that you need to make room for. “Out with the old in with the new.” Or maybe you just realize you have a lot of “extra” and you need to clear it out to lighten the load of upkeep. Whatever it is I hope today’s tips are helpful. I always like to begin decluttering somewhere where I can see and feel an immediate impact. Somewhere where there aren’t a lot of sentimental items and it’s just easy to figure out what I need and what is excess. For that reason we are going to begin in the kitchen today.
CHIPPED OR BROKEN ITEMS
I have these Tupperware containers. I like the containers a lot, but I literally fight every single time trying to fit the lids on. I think I put them in the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle and the lids shrank. If you have pieces that are broken or chipped or in my case shrunken. Just let them go. Another decluttering tip for tupperware is this: I know we are all inclined to just stack our containers in each other, but I find storing them with their lids on, not only looks nicer in my cabinets. It also requires me to keep only what fits and only what I use and need.
CONTAINERS WITH NO LIDS AND LIDS WITH NO CONTAINERS
What is it with lids that disappear? I wonder if they are hiding somewhere in my home with all my lost hair ties and bobby pins. If you can’t find a lid to a container or a container to a lid go ahead and chuck them.
ITEMS YOU SIMPLY JUST DON’T LIKE
I know we have all been there. We have these items that we hold on to because…1. Someone got it for us and we feel guilty for not keeping it. 2. We spent money on it and feel guilty for not keeping it…let this be a lesson if you have items that you purchased randomly or impulsively and don’t love it or don’t ever use it…next time be more intentional before you buy. Don’t let guilt keep you from getting rid of excess clutter in your home.
EXCESS COOKING UTENSILS
I don’t know why we hoard these things, but seriously no one needs 4 spatulas and 3 slotted spoons. All the excess does is take up prime real estate in your kitchen drawers.
ORGANIZE YOUR PANTRY
Every few months it’s a great idea to scan your pantry. Get rid of stale or expired foods. If you have something unopened that you know you’ll likely never get around to eating before it expires donate it to a local food pantry. While your here take inventory of what you have and make note of things you may need to replenish.
EVERY ITEM SHOULD HAVE A HOME
I say it all the time and I was really excited when I heard Elisabeth Elliot talking about having and ordered and simplified life/home. Every item in your home should have a “home” There should be a place for everything you choose to fill your spaces. If it doesn’t have a home then it needs to find one or you need to get rid of it. The ultimate goal would be that everyone in your home knows where things take up residence so that anyone in your home can tidy up and put things away. Even down to the paper clips. A place for everything and everything in its place!
CLEAR THE COUNTERS
For an instant declutter, start with your counters! It’ll get you excited and motivated just eliminating that visual clutter.
ONE PURPOSE ITEMS
If you have a lot of items that only serve one purpose you may want to consider donating them…egg slicer? Apple slicer? A blender for this and a scooper for that. If you can only use an item for one specific thing, maybe consider how you can use something else in your stash that can fulfill that need. I honestly just use a good quality knife for all my slicing needs! I have one scoop that I use for cookies, ice cream, basically all my scooping needs…haha.