8 Kitchen Items You Can Get Rid of
If your counters are covered in papers and your fridge has seen better days, it might be time to clean house. Tidy up with this list from Nonnahs Driskill of Get Organized Already!
Kitchen clutter, begone
Yes, it’s all too easy to have a cluttered kitchen. But it doesn’t have to be an inevitability. If you still have unnecessary these things in your kitchen—or, at the very least, a lot of them—here’s your sign from the universe to get rid of them (and why you should), according to Pasadena-based professional organizer Nonnahs Driskill. Speaking of professional organizers, here are some more things you’re keeping in your home that the pros would toss.
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Disposable plastic bags
There’s something to be said for reduce, reuse, recycle, but letting old grocery bags pile up until they’ve taken up an entire cupboard is a habit to end. “Everyone tells me they keep these bags for dog poop, but really they end up filling them with random objects and never finding them again” says Driskill. Instead of schlepping home tons of plastic, use a tote bag for your weekly trips to the store. These are 30 things no one older than 30 should still own.
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Reusable shopping bags
Sure, reusable shopping bags are great—we recommended them in the previous tip—but too much of a good thing isn’t ideal either. “Most people own way more bags than they need,” says Driskill. Her advice? Store ten or fewer in the truck of your car instead of keeping them in the kitchen. Not only will you limit kitchen clutter, but you’ll also have a tote on hand for those last-minute market runs. Plus, find out why you should keep reusable shopping bags off of the counter.
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Bottles of water
While you should still strive for eight glasses a day, you don’t need a case of individual water bottles to meet your goal. “Water bottles take up so much room and are a big waste of natural resources and money,” says Driskill. Instead, invest in a good filter and a reusable thermos you can fill up before you head out. Find out how to better organize your livingroom.
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Just because you ordered delivery doesn’t mean you have to keep every last freebie thrown in. Wrapped fortune cookies, spare hand wipes, and extra ketchup packets aren’t meant to be saved; you’re always going to get more the next time you order.
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Sentimental coffee mugs
You might be the world’s best dad or need coffee first, but you don’t need a mug to declare every one of your character traits. “Most people don’t need more than six mugs, and yet a mug collection takes up the entire bottom shelf of the main cabinet in most kitchens,” says Driskill. Sip smart and waste less space. Here’s how to organize every room in the house.
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You’re not an iron chef, and most meals you whip up in the kitchen won’t require more than one knife. “Most professional chefs get by with just three to five knives,” says Driskill. A paring knife for coring, peeling and trimming and a serrated knife for breads and meats usually does the trick. Check out the best knives for everyday cooking.
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Fancy kitchen gadgets
Unless you use it regularly, you probably don’t need that mango de-pitter or oversized quesadilla maker. “Again, consider professional chefs,” says Driskill. “They don’t use special tools for making margaritas, chopping garlic or scrambling omelets.” Knives, forks, spoons, a whisk and a spatula should do the trick. Find out all of the plastic-free food containers we absolutely love.
All that stuff on your fridge
Be picky with what you post on the outside of your fridge. Consider it a VIP section for priority pieces only. “Save the refrigerator for daily reminders like current to-do lists, forms that need to be signed or addressed or tickets to an upcoming show,” says Driskill. “The front of the fridge is such a large space, and when it is decluttered, the whole kitchen feels neater.” Hoping to declutter in the new year (or any time)? Here are some effortless things that clutter-free people do every day.