Those shiny new appliances you received as holiday gifts need spots in your kitchen, so it’s time to organize. Here are three tactics to get you started, without being overwhelmed by the task.
Declutter, then donate
Decluttering can be daunting, especially if your entire household’s stuff ends up in the kitchen. So focus on tossing out extras of the following items; you’ll be energized by the fact that you will have a couple of bags to donate in no time.
- Matching dishes – Two plates, two bowls, two glasses for each family member. Use disposable when you need extra for a party.
- Silverware – Again, two spoons, forks, and knives for everyone. They can wash dishes, right?
- Reusable water bottles – Each family member needs only one. Done.
- Kitchen utensils – Toss anything cracked. Nasty bacteria builds up in tattered spatulas. If it pains you to part with that cool doohickey from your dear neighbor, think how much joy someone else will have from finding it at the resale shop.
- Plastic food containers – They should all have lids, and all fit neatly inside each other. Toss the misfits.
- Pots and pans – You don’t need six sauté pans. Here’s the pots you do need and how to organize them.