Welcome back to the Clean Kitchen Challenge. this week were going to focus on our countertops and all of the drawers. Let's get right into it.
This can be a big job. If it's too much for you just focus on one counter at a time and work on the next one tomorrow. Just don't move on until the counters are cleared.
Go through each drawer one at a time. Empty all the contents and clean the drawer and drawer organizer. Hold every single item in your hand and make a decision about it.
What's in there? Extra screws? Instruction manuals that you never look at? A broken flashlight? Pencils that are too short? Stamps from 10 years ago? And why do we keep these things? After trying many years to sort and organize it, I have concluded that the best way to get rid of it is this: just dump it.
Dump it into a box, tape up the box, and set it in your storage area for a month. If you haven’t had to dig anything out of the box during that time, then toss it in the dumpster - don’t even think about looking in it!
Doing this means opening up a whole drawer of new space opportunities! Hint: now you could keep a pen/pencil and paper or a few miscellaneous items/tools here (whatever you DO use often) to keep them off of your countertop space. This will help your countertop to stay clear and remain a usable workspace. Only allow things back into this drawer that help you to stay organized and prepared for your current week. Do NOT allow things to creep into this drawer that do not belong.
From now on, if you don’t know what to do with something… just throw it away. There is no point in keeping 20-30 items that don’t “belong” anywhere. If they don’t “belong,” then they don’t belong in your house!
How often do you bake? How many baking essentials do you actually use? Evaluate your baking items, and keep only what you use regularly.
If you have any items that you keep “just in case you decide to start baking someday” then let them go. If you haven’t used them already, the odds are you won’t. Let go of that fantasy life. Most people don’t use a KitchenAid mixer enough to justify the expense of it, let alone the space it takes in the kitchen. But, if you do use your mixer regularly, evaluate any extra attachments that you have for it, have you never used them? Let them go and let someone else use them.
Toss all mix-matched measuring cups and spoons. Limit your measuring collection to one set each. Pick which one you like the most. It's going to be so nice to open a drawer and see one pretty set instead of a jumbled mess! Also, how many multi-cup measure pitchers/bowls do you have? How many mixing bowls are you holding onto? How many do you really need? Just like the rest of the kitchen, there is no need to have excess when the dishes are done regularly.
Pull out any and all items you have that fit into the “linen” category.
Lay them out on your table in piles and categories: kitchen linens, table linens, cleaning linens, etc.
Start purging all the raggedy ones and the ones you never liked. Put aside the ones you never use because they are “too nice."
Evaluate what is left. Do you have more than you need? If you have more than would reasonably fit in the space used to store them, you have too many.
From now on, we are washing our kitchen linens regularly, so we only need to keep what we can store. As a general rule, store your linens where they will be used. For example, dish towels and dishcloths should be kept close to the sink (in a basket under the sink or drawer nearby). Keep the cleaning cloths/rags near the cleaning supplies. Table linens need to be as close to the table as possible. If you have a drawer near your table, put them in there. Put away the linens.
Now take a look at the "good" table linens. Decide to use them for fancy dinners or donate them to someone who will. What good is having nice things if you never even use them? Put them away or take them straight to the car with the rest of the linens you will be donating.
I must admit, walking through Bed Bath Beyond's kitchen gadgets section, feels like skipping through an enchanted flower garden for me. I love me some kitchen gadgets. I love them all!!! But this week, we’re looking at all those “helpful” kitchen gadgets that we find ourselves digging through to get to the one way in the back of the drawer.
Nobody better not touch my apple slicer though. Or the apple corer. Yes. I need them both!
Be relentless about getting rid of clutter. If you can’t drop it off at a donation center, google organizations that will pick up donations in your area. Don't be afraid to let go of the extras, "just in case you need it." We're going to maintain our beautiful kitchens by keeping everything clean and available, so you won't have to worry about not having the items you need in the moments that you need them. Create abundance elsewhere in your life. We don't need an abundance of kitchen items.
Check back in when you're done. I'd love to see your pictures on IG. Use hashtag #goodvibeskitchenchallenge and tag us @goovibesapc. Happy cleaning!
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