Spend 15 minutes making much-needed space in your kitchen by losing these five items you probably don’t need to keep
Houzz Australia Contributor. Professional Organiser and Owner at Simply Organised… More
How many novelty or excess appliances do you have in your kitchen? Are they frequently used or sitting at the back of the cupboard because you don’t need them anymore (if you ever did)? Here are five items you can easily get rid of today to give your kitchen the decluttering it’s crying out for. Your reward will be more space and a happier home.
The kitchen is one of my favourite rooms to declutter and reorganise, because it’s probably the most-used space in the home. It also has high demands placed on it: kitchen storage is always full, and both accessibility and functionality are important.
As a starting point for getting your cookspace in order, see whether you have any of these items…
1. Novelty appliances
I’ve seen so many (mostly unused) kitchen appliances hidden away at the back of cupboards – devices that can boil six eggs at once, waffle presses, ice-cream, pancake and pie makers… They’re often items that are used for about a month then left neglected, yet they take up precious space in our cupboards.
Take out all your appliances and place them on the worktop. Then be honest and only keep the ones you need and use; the rest can be donated to charity or friends.
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2. Duplicate appliances
If you have an appliance such as a multi-purpose food processor, you don’t also need to keep individual items that perform the same function, for example a blender, beater and processor. The purpose of an all-in-one appliance is that you can get rid of smaller devices that are crowding your cupboards.
Also consider how you make dishes and beverages such as rice and coffee. Do you have a coffee machine but still keep a drip percolator? Do you use a microwave rice cooker, but have an electric one in the cupboard as a back-up?
Don’t be afraid to throw out duplicates; you’ll still be able to perform necessary tasks, and you’ll have the added benefit of extra space.
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3. Rarely used implements
I challenge you to think carefully about any items you keep but rarely – if ever – use. Electric frying pan, pasta maker, egg slicer, wine aerator… If you haven’t used it in the past year, consider getting rid of it.
4. Multiple platters and serving dishes
Most homes have more platters than they’ll ever need at any one time. Rather than keeping all the platters and serving dishes you have, reduce them to the quantity you’d need on a day when you host guests in your home.
Have you ever heard yourself saying, “We might need these platters/bowls/serving dishes for when we throw parties”? Before you feel you need to keep six salad bowls and a dozen white platters, ask yourself a couple of questions:
- When was the last time I threw a party and needed all these items?
- If I did need more serving dishes/bowls or platters than I own, could I borrow them from a friend, family member or neighbour?
Answer these questions honestly and I’m sure you’ll be able to free up space in your cupboards.
5. Crockery orphans
Have a think about all the crockery pieces you have in your kitchen. How many of them are part of a set that has a few pieces missing? If you started off with a full crockery set of four or six, but along the way half have broken, the rest are crockery orphans and can be donated.
As well as looking nice when you’re using them, there are other benefits to having full sets, too. Having just one style of crockery makes stacking the dishwasher, putting away dishes and setting the table smoother. And anything that makes all those things easier is a winner in my book.
Your kitchen cupboards are prime real estate in your home, so make more space today by getting rid of items you just don’t need any longer.
How have you conjured up extra space in your kitchen? Spill your secrets in the Comments section.