Kitchen Purge

There’s too many cooks in the kitchen!

Not really. There’s actually too many gadgets and unused appliances and containers in the kitchen! So I’ve taken care of that with what? Purging of course!

It’s been less than a year since my last kitchen purge, but there was still so many things not being used taking up space in my cupboards and on my counter. So I got busy clearing things out and cleaning as I went. Double success!

I started with the drawers in our kitchen as there are only 3 of them. Next, I moved to the lower cupboards. I started on one end and worked my way around. Then I went up to the upper cabinets and worked my way back around the other way. Lastly, I sorted through our pantry cupboard which is actually used for pans, appliances I don’t keep on the counter and saran wrap and foil, etc.

All the things I set aside that I’m not keeping, I’m donating to those who lost their homes from Hurricane Florence. I pulled many utensils that I don’t use or have multiples of. I’ve recently started washing dishes as I go with cooking and throughout the day, so I don’t need a lot of duplicates anymore with utensils. I still feel like I can reduce our silverware by half; so I’m testing that by turning one set of spoons in one direction and the other set in another. We’ve yet to dip into the second set to get clean spoons. So maybe half our silverware will be leaving the house soon as well. Look how neat the drawer is now!

Clean and Orgazined!

 

The area I’m most proud of is the cupboard containing the storage containers. It never stays neat as everyone always just tosses things in there when emptying the dishwasher. Somehow lids go missing or the bowls go missing and lids are left behind. Oh my goodness! It drives me crazy! So before purging the kitchen, I made sure all dishes were clean and put away and I took stock in the fact there was currently two storage containers in the fridge. Both were glass containers which I’m trying to convert to completely. I was good to go…

I pulled a set of bowls to donate among some other items. I used to keep the glass containers and lids on the top shelf thinking it would be easier to get to them, but it honestly wasn’t. So I put the least used containers up top and the most used on the bottom towards the front. Look at how much better this looks! AND…it’s been staying neat!

Before the purge

After….so much cleaner and easier to access.

 

So, I’m learning that purging is honestly an ongoing thing. You don’t just do it once and it’s done. Things sneak back in the house through gifts, yard sales you go to, friends and family leaving things at your house and telling you to just keep them…and sometimes more mysterious ways. I try to keep up with the rule of “something new comes in, something old must go out”, but it doesn’t always work that way.

My next purge project will either be the office or my son’s room.

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