Decluttering and Organising the Kitchen
You are currently reading the 6th part of my KonMari series, today’s we’re in the kitchen. If you missed any of the previous parts I’ll link them down below.
Komono is by far the biggest category, so I’ve broken it down into manageable chunks. In today’s post, I’m decluttering the kitchen. This includes:
- Any CD’s or music supplies in there
- Small appliances
- Medicines (if you store them in your kitchen like I do)
- Eating implements (cutlery, plates, bowls, mugs, cups, glasses, etc)
- Cooking tools (pots, pans, utensils. baking trays, etc)
- Food and drinks
- Cleaning and laundry/washing supplies – if they’re in your kitchen
- Any pet supplies in there
- Decorative items
- Anything else you keep in your kitchen
#1 – Clear a space
Either a big dining table, countertops tops, or even the floor. Clear off a space that you can work in and give it a bit of a clean. We’re not going all out with cleaning your whole kitchen, you’re just wiping down the surfaces you’re about to use.
#2 – Gather everything to your space
Use the list above to gather similar items together.
Remember, if it seems like too much work that might be an indication you have too much stuff. I would, however, encourage you to do a sub-category at a time if you feel overwhelmed.
#3 – Clean the empty space in your kitchen
I know, I know, we’re decluttering not cleaning, but it just makes sense to wipe out the drawers and cupboards while they’re empty. This is also a good opportunity to tighten up any loose screws you come across.
#4 – Focus on what to keep, as you put things away
Figuring out what “sparks joy” in your kitchen may have you thinking you need to throw everything out. This is where you need to use your better judgement. For example: maybe that egg cup doesn’t particularly bring you joy, but being able to have egg and soldiers does. Or you may not love your scales, but you like being able to make recipes correctly.
Start by doing one section at a time. Think about where you want the small appliances and the items you use with them first. Like: the kettle, the tea and coffee pots, the cups and mugs, should all be within the same area for ease of use. Where possible, try to store items closest to where you’ll use them, like the baking trays near the oven.
TIP: don’t forget to check expiration dates. What’s the oldest item you found? I remember cleaning out my mum’s kitchen once and there were baking supplies that were years out of date!
#5 – Finishing up
When everything you want to keep is put away, sensibly discard the rest. There may be things you could sell or give away, or take to your local recycling centre.
This is probably one of the most difficult sub-categories of Komono, so you should be proud of yourself for getting it done. Doesn’t your kitchen feel so much better and spacious now?
If you haven’t read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying yet I highly recommend you do so to get a full understanding of the KonMari method.
Have you completed the KonMari method? More than once? Let me know, I’d love to hear about your journey.