Design and food weblog Hello Kitchen's kitchen-decluttering checklist provides a quick, easy guide to tackling the large chore of cleaning and decluttering your kitchen — helping you purge what you don't need and keep around your must-haves.
It's easy to tell when you need to purge a few items from your kitchen — the overflowing drawers will tip you off to that. What's harder is knowing what should stay and what should go. Unlike other rooms in your home, most things in the kitchen actually have a function and therefore feel like they should remain on hand (even when they're jammed in the back of your cupboards). To begin your purge, Hello Kitchen recommends that you:
1. Lay a queen-size quilt on the floor, somewhere near your kitchen (move some furniture if necessary). 2. Referencing the list, remove items from your kitchen one by one, coloring in each circle as you go. Place the items on the quilt.
The idea behind placing things on a queen size quilt is that the remaining items should all be things that can now be donated or given away. You can grab the free, printable PDF from Hello Kitchen to get started on your kitchen audit. Hello Kitchen is a food weblog, so they're pretty lenient on what you get to keep.
Let's Get Organized [Hello Kitchen]