Save Space In Your Kitchen Using This Decluttering Tip

There is no shortage of challenges to navigate in modern life; a somewhat strange reality, however, is that in our age of plenty, the problem is not that of deficiency but of abundance — in fact, clutter has been shown to have a connection to negative emotions like anxiety and stress. If you are interested in ridding yourself of some of your home's clutter (and the stress associated with it), you may want to turn to one of the most commonly cluttered spaces in the home: the kitchen.

It can be difficult to begin decluttering your kitchen, but should you find yourself paralyzed in the process, one easy and foolproof approach is to part with duplicates. How likely do you need two can openers or potato peelers with any frequency? Ultimately, only you and your cooking habits can determine what items you need more than one of, but if you're keeping the backup item "just in case," chances are you won't miss it dreadfully — or at all — if it's gone. Of course, if you suddenly regret donating your second can opener, it's nothing that a quick trip to Walmart can't solve. All things considered, it is a small sacrifice to make for a roomier and less cluttered kitchen.

Additional decluttering tactics

In addition to ridding your kitchen of underutilized duplicates, you may want to arm yourself with another helpful approach to decluttering. Asking yourself, "When was the last time I used this item?" can be a great way to provide context for whether or not an item is worth keeping. If that decorative bundt cake pan crammed in the back of your cabinet has been there for years, now may be the time to part with it. Want to eliminate an item from your kitchen but are struggling to do so? The 20/20 principle is a highly effective decluttering rule: if it is less than $20 or 20 minutes to replace something, just get rid of it.

Once you have identified the items to be decluttered, there are countless good options for rehoming them. Goodwill or other donation facilities will accept almost any kitchen item or gadget; if you want to keep the decluttered pieces in the family, reach out to loved ones who may want them. Finally, measuring cups, spoons, funnels, and Tupperware are a child's dream — your kitchen clutter can easily become your children's new favorite bath toys.