This month, I’ve been decluttering my apartment room by room. I’m making an effort to simplify my life and get down to the most loved and most used items in my home. This weekend, I took on the kitchen!
(Take a look at my decluttering strategy and see the other rooms I decluttered here!)
For the kitchen, I went through our 15 cupboards and 4 drawers. I braved through each section, asking myself if I really loved and needed each item. I also tackled the fridge door. Before starting, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of kitchen supplies. I figured I wouldn’t find much to get rid of this time around. Of course, I was wrong!
So here’s what happened:
Number of items I got rid of: 68!
Time spent: About 2 hours.
Biggest challenge: The toughest part was letting go of two glasses I bought when we first moved in to this apartment. They were an all-out impulse buy from a department store, picked up when I was looking for something else. As I held them in the store, I imagined them in our new place, excited to become the type of people who served their guests drinks in trendy recycled glasses.
But in reality…I never use these glasses because they’re too big and uncomfortable to drink out of. They’re just not practical! Sometimes, we envision ourselves using something and immediately think we have to have it. Once we’ve purchased it, we hang on to it because we’re still holding on to the idea that we’ll use it one day. But it’s okay to realize we wasted a little money and to let these things go. I’m going to use this experience as a lesson – no more impulse buying!
Once I got going, I realized there were so many items in our kitchen that I didn’t even like at all. Like oddly shaped wine glasses, old tupperware and an ugly beer cozy. Then there were the items that weren’t serving any purpose, like an ancient ice cream scoop and a lemon squeezer that hasn’t been used once. These items were easy to get rid of and it felt liberating to say “Hey – I hate this! Let’s get rid of it”.
While tastes can change, if you don’t like a kitchen item now, you’re probably not going to start liking it any time soon. If you’re like me, you might feel compelled to keep a funny-looking cocktail glass thinking, what if I make a strawberry daiquiri at home one day? I could drink it in this! But the truth is, you probably aren’t going to make that daiquiri. And if you do, you probably won’t want to use the weird glass anyway.
Our fridge door before…
Our fridge door had a lot of colour, but way too much going on. It was starting to feel cluttered and was overwhelming to look at. Tip: Rid your fridge of flyers or business cards that are available on the internet anyway. Get rid of mementos like ticket stubs that take up space and serve no purpose.
Our fridge door after…
After getting rid of the extra clutter on the fridge, the photos and magnets that we love stand out so much more. I no longer feel overwhelmed when looking at the fridge!
With the kitchen decluttered, 68 more things are moving out of my apartment and into better homes. There’s only one more room left to declutter and it’s going to be the biggest job of them all…my bedroom! I have to admit, I’ve been dreading this one. But I’m confident that I’ll be getting rid of more things than any single room so far.
Update: I finally decluttered my bedroom. See how I cut down my wardrobe and got rid of tons of junk!