7 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

neutral-kitchen-thekitchendesigner.org_Do you keep buying and bringing items into your kitchen realizing there is no room to store them?  I am definitely guilty of this and I have a very small kitchen!   I have to say I don’t think I can get rid of my sentimental mugs; all of them have a special story behind them and I love to use them.  Plastic grocery bags are my pet peeve, I try to do like the Canadians do and take my own bags into Publix.  Those packers love to use one bag for each item!  I hope these tips help you organize your kitchen and make it less cluttered.  I haven’t tried them yet but intend to “someday”!

By Barbara Pronin
If you are always short of cabinet and counter space, it’s time to de-clutter the kitchen. But that’s a chore that seems to get relegated to, ‘someday.” The job may be easier if you know where to start, say consumer editors at Country Living Magazine.

If you want to give yourself more kitchen space, begin by getting rid of the following:

Your plastic container collection – Most of us have far too many, including those empty deli and margarine containers we’ve saved.  Limit yourself to containers in two sizes, and no more than five or six of each – with lids.

Your weirdly sentimental mugs – Too much shelf space is often given up to mugs we will never use – from vacation souvenirs to those with cutesy sayings. Harden your heart and get rid of most of them. You will never, ever miss them.

Reusable shopping bags – Keep only two or three of those eco-friendly bags and get them out of the pantry. Store them in the trunk of your car for use when you do your shopping.

Anything that came free with your dinner – That goes for spare chopsticks, soy sauce packets, kid’s meal toys, and other stuff that’s cluttering your kitchen drawers. You’re going to get more the next time you order, so there’s no point in stockpiling.

Plastic grocery bags – If you have more than 10 balled up in a cabinet or drawer, put the rest in yourReusable_bag recycle bin or take them to the nearest Walmart, Target or grocery store that recycles plastic bags.

One-use gadgets you really thought you would use – Garlic presses, apple corers, hot chocolate frothers…your cabinets may be full of specialty cooking gadgets that serve only one purpose. If it’s taking up space and you use it less than four times a year, it’s probably worth tossing—especially if there’s an everyday object that can get the job done.

Rarely used cookbooks – If they’ve sat on a shelf for more than a year without being used, it’s time to sell or otherwise dispose of them. Keep only family collections and one or your favorite specialty cookbooks.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a de-cluttered kitchen!

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