The holidays are officially over, and it’s time to start packing up your decorations and also find a place for the new items you acquired during the holiday season. With that being said, you might need to make some room to make space for all of your new things. At LeafFilter, we know this can be a gruesome task. How do you decide what to keep and what to get rid of? This is a difficult question that could take days to explain if we analyze everything room by room in your house, so let’s just start with a kitchen clean out! Check out our top six list below to help you decided what you need to keep and what you can do without.
- Tupperware: We’ve all been there, the cabinet avalanche. There is no reason to have an excessive amount of Tupperware. It’s unlikely for you to use all of the Tupperware in your cupboard at any given time. Stick with five to six piece in each size and get rid of the rest. Trust us!
- Plastic Grocery Bags: If you have more than 20 plastic grocery bags, round the rest up and get those recycled (check out locations here!). Sure, they’re nice for trash, lunches and overall convenience, but think about it, you probably go grocery shopping at least once a week. You’re plastic bags will get replenished!
- Cookbooks: These are the ultimate space stealers. Everyone has those few cookbooks that you use all of the time, and those few that you never use. Round up those books that you rarely use and donate them to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
- Extra Utensils: Kitchen utensils like knives, wooden spoons, spatulas, etc. are easy to collect. Chances are, you have your favorites that you always use on a regular basis. If you have utensils that you never use, don’t them take up space – get rid of them! Think about it, professional chefs get by with 3-5 knives so there’s no reason you need an abundance of them!
- Take-Out Extras: When you order out, restaurants always give you eating accessories like chopsticks and sauces. These are also easy to collect. You’re always going to get more of this stuff the next time you order take-out food so saving them isn’t necessary.
- Canned Food: Expired food should never be kept, but what about non-perishable food that have a longer expiration date? Go through your pantry to not only organize it, but inspect your cans for rust and dents. If there are cans with rust that you can’t rub off or dents big enough for your finger, you should get rid of them.
Don’t let unnecessary, unused items take up space in your kitchen. Make the most of your kitchen clean out, and follow these tips. Your kitchen will be more organized and user-friendly. The organizing doesn’t need to stop at the kitchen.