The kitchen. Some call it the heart of the home. It’s where we prepare meals, whether alone or with the whole family, and unless we have a formal dining room and use it on a regular basis, it’s where we enjoy those meals. Some kids do their homework in the kitchen, and science projects are born at the kitchen table. Many a newborn baby is bathed in the kitchen sink, and new recipes are created to be passed down from generation to generation. (As long as they’re tasty!)
What do you do when kitchen clutter takes over, forcing you to consider self storage options? Whether your counters and cabinets are stuffed full of fancy kitchen appliances or you have more dishes than you know what to do with, clutter and disorganization can ruin your warm and fuzzy feelings about your kitchen pretty quickly!
The problem is it can be difficult to get rid of things. Sure, you’re just a family of four, but what if you have unexpected dinner guests? How do you know how many plates and bowls to keep? While you may not use that food processor often, you’ll end up kicking yourself if in the future if one day you find out you really need one.
It can be easy to acquire too much of many kitchen items – the simple cookie sheet is a perfect example. You can only fit so many in the oven at once, so why do you need five of them? Unless you’re operating a bakery, two or three should suffice.
Here’s a handy guide to downsizing the kitchen, whether you’re just looking for extra cabinet space or moving to a new home with a smaller kitchen.
- Seeing double. Just like the cookie sheet example, take stock of the utensils, pans, measuring gadgets, and any other cookware or servingware you have. Take a moment and think about how many you really, truly need and get rid of those that are in the poorest condition. Donate what’s left, either at your local Goodwill or even a homeless shelter – the shelter can take these items and provide them to those lucky residents that found a place to live but have nothing at all to start out with.
- A word on gadgets. You might have picked them up, thinking you’d one day use them, or you might have received them as gifts. One thing is for sure: everyone has something in the way of kitchen devices that they can part with. Everyone. If you’re questioning your decision to part with a certain gadget, you can always make it easier for yourself by utilizing Fort Collins self storage. How do you decide what stays and what goes? Look at what you do in the kitchen. If you are constantly baking things, you might want to hang on to that egg separator. If you can produce from your garden, there are all of those gadgets that make your life easier, even if you only use them a few times each year. If you’re just not adventurous in the kitchen at all, don’t kid yourself and hang onto things saying, “I’ll have to try this out one day.” That day probably won’t come. Just let it go!
- “The Good China.” Maybe you have this problem, or maybe it’s your mother. Maybe your mother is making it your problem by purchasing you “good dishes” you use but once a year, or maybe not at all. Unless it’s your great-great-grandmother’s delicate hand painted china passed down to you, you are probably safe to eat off of the “good dishes” every day. Choose a set, and get rid of the rest. You’ll be surprised at how much more storage space you end up with! If you want to keep the heirloom dishes, consider packing them up and bringing them to Waterglen Storage in order to make more space.
- Better organize your cabinets. Head to Pinterest, and take a peek at the many ways you can take that cabinet or drawer and better store your stuff. There are nifty products on the market to make this easy, and innovative uses of things like pegboard, that will increase the usefulness of the cabinet to store more stuff.
Do you have any further tips to offer our readers on cutting back on clutter in the kitchen? Share it with us!