Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Decluttering in the Kitchen



This is a good time of year to declutter your kitchen cabinets and pantry. The Christmas season is long gone and Spring is almost here.

This one cabinet had been a source of stress for me every time I opened it. I knew it contained outdated items, soon to be expired items and half eaten items. When I opened it I couldn't really find what I needed. In other words this cabinet was just wasted space.

So this morning I tackled it. It only took about 10 minutes to do. I got a trash bag and tossed everything that was old or half eaten boxes that my family didn't like enough to finish, etc.


I made a mental note of what not to buy ever again. I also noted the items we do like that were still good and needed to be used.

Now it will be much more pleasant to open this cabinet door and I can make much better use of the space such as stocking up on items we really use! I plan to organize and declutter the pantry soon also. This will give me a head start on my spring cleaning.

The interesting thing about this is I was able to finish this job while the coffee was brewing this morning at 6:00 A.M. Sometimes I put off things that could be handled in just a few minutes. This just goes to show that the recommendation of FlyLady and Emilie Barnes to do 15 minutes a day on dreaded projects really works! You'll be amazed at how much you can get done in your home working in small chunks of time.

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BLUE SKY said...

great tip- my pantry is the same way (in the before pic) and it stresses me out!

Pen Pen said...

My cabinets look like your before picture, for sure! With our upcoming move, I will get to declutter and start fresh! It's funny how things like tackling that cabinet, only take a few minutes, yet we put it off indefinitely!

Elizabeth Sue said...

Great job Debbie! Is that tote bag one that you made? It is so pretty?

Sonshine said...

Great job!

You inspired my kitchen tip today! Go check it out! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,
Looks great. I can't stand it when my larder gets all messed up.

Susan said...

One good thing about our once-a-month major shopping trip is that I usually have a good idea of what's in my pantry, and it's pretty well-organized. But that's probably the only thing that's organized in my house! ;)

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful! So true about little time increments - they do make a difference, don't they?

thenestegg said...

Looks great! Makes me think I need to do mine now too!

Mom2fur said...

Great job! I'm long overdue to clean my pantry. I do it every few months. Alas...it never, ever stays nice and neat!

Tasha said...

Oh my! I was going to make peanut butter cookies this morning with my free peanut butter...but I searched my cabinet of spices and couldn't find anything! So I dug in and went through and found alot of expired things. Then I was getting in the mood to organize and went to my medicine cabinet! This is shocking.. but I threw away 14 items in my spice cabinet and 26 things in my medicine cabinet! Obviously need to do that more often! Spring is in the air!

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