Are you decluttering your home, too? I’d love to be able to share your success story with the KOAB community! Please submit the before & after pictures of your decluttering project.
Ugh! Anyone else have a kitchen cupboard that looks like this?
January didn’t quite turn out the way I’d planned, so I wasn’t able to hit my target of 31 Days of Decluttering projects during this month-long series. Considering that I still have some spaces seriously calling out for decluttering (uh, see above!), I’ve decided that I’m going to keep on keeping on – if that’s alright with all of you!
If you haven’t quite finished your decluttering goals — or if you were just getting started — I hope you’ll be inspired by this message: Even when life throws up some road blocks (and when doesn’t it?!), as long as we keep moving forward, then we’re making progress and making our lives better!
Yesterday was my first official snow day in Cleveland (we had one other day off for cold, but yesterday’s cancellation was due to a massive 22 inches of accumulation in 24 hours!), so I spent a lot of time playing in the snow with my kids — and making them multiple cups of hot cocoa in our Keurig.
When the kids finally gave me a few moments to myself, I knew just what to do with them: Declutter our overrun food cupboard!
Whoa! I’ve talked before about how decluttering can save you money — and this little kitchen cupboard project sure did underscore that point! I found duplicates of so many items in there. At least this stuff is non-perishable, but how much oregano does one person need? (Answer: Definitely not so much that I should have two full containers of it!)
I pulled everything out and wiped down the shelves before I sorted through our food and re-organized it all. Aaaaah! Doesn’t that look so much better?!
I also took a few minutes to create some new labels for my spices. On the bottom shelf of this pantry, I have two plastic baskets filled with spices. When I’m cooking, I just bring both baskets down and put them on the counter. When the spices aren’t labeled on the top, I have to pull each one out of the basket to find the one I need. This is a surprisingly frustrating process (probably how I ended up with two oreganos, two dills and two cinnamon sticks!) – and it definitely wastes time when I’m rushing to get dinner on the table.
To solve this problem, I simply created labels for the top of the lids with my handy-dandy labeler. I once tried organizing my spices alphabetically, but that lasted all of about 2 minutes! Now I just stick the spice jars into one of two baskets — and as long as the labels are on them, it’s pretty quick to scan the lids and pull out the one I need.
Before and after Kitchen Cupboard (Food Storage)
Do you, too, feel the need to get a better handle on the stuff in your house? Please join me for the 31 Days of Decluttering challenge! Everyone is welcome!
Day One: Decluttering the Toy Storage Closet
Day Two: Decluttering the Top of a Bedroom Dresser (Finish What You Start!)
Day Three & Four: Decluttering the Master Bathroom
Day Five: Decluttering My Desk
Day Six: Join the Decluttering Challenge
Day Seven: Decluttering the Computer
Day Eight: Decluttering the Night Stand
Day Nine: Decluttering a Kitchen Counter in Less than 10 Minutes
Reader Share: Decluttering the Front Door Hallway Table
Day 10: Decluttering a Bedroom Closet
Day 11: Taming the Paper Clutter
Day 12: Decluttering the Coat Closet
Day 13: Decluttering the Linen Closet
Day 14: Reader Share: Decluttering the Play Room
Day 15: Reader Share: Decluttering the Front Hall Table
Day 16: Is Clutter a Sensory Issue?