Today has been 41C. Our air conditioner has been blowing lovely cool air into the kitchen so I have spent the day in that room. I sorted and cleaned, decluttered and tidied. Yes, I am tired but I feel pleased with what I have achieved.
I have decluttered the kitchen previously, or so I thought. To give myself credit where credit is due, I have parted with most of the biscuit cutters I collected way back when I enjoyed making fancy shape biscuits. Over the years I have donated numerous platters, salad bowls, jugs, sugar bowls and the like. read more When I moved house the time before last I handed on my second dinner set, you know, the one kept for entertaining.
Today I was ruthless and very honest with myself. I made a resolution to simplify my life this year and decluttering is an important part of the process. Some of the items I am donating came from local thrift shops. Sometimes I make impulse buys and it's easy to justify when the item only costs a dollar or two. However, some of these items simply aren't needed and so haven't been used.
I got rid of things such as a melon baller I won't use. I also donated a second flour scoop as one is sufficient for me. While I was having a close look at things I decided I needed to replace my plastic spatula which is looking rather daggy after years of service.
A quick aside here, why are things like potato peelers often sold in packs of three or even five? This doesn't help someone who wants to keep her kitchen clutter free. Yes, eventually a potato peeler may break but I could live for a couple of days until I was in the shops where I could replace it. With that in mind I decided to part with my spare ones.
A few things that were too tatty to be sold in a thrift shop went straight into the bin, yes I did put recyclable items into the appropriate bin. Other things went into bags for the op shop and breakable items got put aside to be wrapped.
What I use and need in my kitchen has certainly changed over the years. If you had told me ten years ago or forty years ago about some of my current decisions I would not have believed you. Everyone has their own way of cooking and their own ideas about what they need and these things can change.
A few questions to keep in mind when decluttering a kitchen are -
What do you really need now
Which utensils and cookware do you find useful? (This is about you, not what others say you should use.)
How often do you entertain these days? How much crockery and glassware do you use?
What items do you really love?
Do you have more platters etc than you use? Are they stacked up and difficult to access?
Are you holding onto items out of guilt because they were given to you or inherited?
I have kept some things I am fond of and consider attractive that another person would have put out to donate to charity. Some items I parted with would have been kept by someone else. However, the important thing is my kitchen is simpler for me now.