How To Declutter Kitchen Drawers
Today's mission is to declutter kitchen drawers, or specifically any drawer we haven't already dealt with as part of the Declutter 365 missions.
This is mission is designed to be done while working on the Kitchen Cabinet & Drawer Organization Challenge
on this site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.
Already as part of these daily missions we've specifically dealt with three common kitchen drawers:
In addition, individual missions that focused on specific items in your kitchen, such as potholders
, kitchen towels
, kitchen wrap
, and take out supplies
may have allowed you to clean out drawers.
But everyone's kitchen is set up a bit different, based on both preferences and what you have to work with, so that's why I also have this catch all mission.
Depending on the number of kitchen drawers you have in your home that haven't been addressed yet this may be a 15 minute mission for you, or a 15 minutes at a time kind of mission.
Here's instructions, generally, for how to do this mission to get you going.
Steps For Decluttering Kitchen Drawers
Decluttering drawers of any kind is actually pretty simple, as far as decluttering projects go, because they're smaller compact spaces.
To keep you from getting distracted focus on only one drawer at a time.
Because the drawers are smaller empty out all of the contents from the drawer, and then make each item "earn" its spot back into your drawer.
Ask yourself these types of questions about each item you evaluate:
- When is the last time I used this?
- How often do I use it?
- Do I have duplicates of this? If yes, how many do I really need?
- Is this broken or damaged? Does it have all its parts?
- Do I have anything else that will do the same function as whatever I am evaluating right now?
- Do I even like this and want it?
Once you've gone through this first pass just add the
stuff back to your drawer that you've decided to keep at this time and then donate/sell/trash any clutter you've encountered.
The only exception to returning items to drawers that you've decided to keep is that you should move things that do not belong in your kitchen drawers, but that you've decided to keep, into their more logical place somewhere else in your home. So if, for example, you find your child's Lego in a kitchen drawer return it to the toy area.
Keep doing this, one drawer at a time, until you've done a first decluttering pass for each drawer.
Once you've gone through each of your kitchen drawers, and are now only left with items you want to keep, now is the time to begin another brief round of decluttering. Putting everything together that you thought you might keep may reveal even more duplicates, or excess of certain items.
Once you've decluttered everything that needs to be decluttered then, and only then, should you begin organizing your drawers. Doing this organization step later allows you to group all like items together, and then potentially rearrange what drawer you are keeping what items in, to make sure it makes the most sense.
For example, if you had kitchen towels in three different drawers, perhaps now you could combine them all into one or two drawers, and also move the kitchen towels to the drawers closer to your kitchen sink, and switch the stuff in that kitchen sink drawer somewhere else that makes more sense, so everything is in its most logical space.
If you had tried to do all that switching at the beginning of the process though, before you'd decluttered all the drawers, it would quickly becoming overwhelming. However, once you're dealing with less stuff moving things around to make the most sense won't be as difficult.
So go ahead now and begin tackling just one drawer at a time, decluttering as needed!
Below you can see the results of doing all these 15 minute sessions, as shown by readers who've already taken on this mission.Photo courtesy of donaleen
After You're Done With This Mission You May Have Empty Drawers!
You may just be surprised how much you can declutter from your kitchen drawers. I know a lot of readers who've already done it have remarked on this once unheard of in their household phenomenon -- an empty drawer!
That's exactly what happened to a Dee Dee, who shared this photo above, saying, "I have an unexpected issue. This large drawer has been EMPTY since junk drawer day. I cannot decide what to do with it! It is beside the dishwasher and under the plates and bowls but my silverware is in a different drawer in the island! Is it possible to have too many drawers???"
Wouldn't it be great to not have to stuff and shove things into drawers anymore, or have to rifle and move through everything in there to find the thing you need? Getting rid of the clutter will do that for you!
Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?
I hope seeing these pictures and reading these instructions have inspired you to get rid of the clutter in your kitchen drawers.
When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.
I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions
(eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.
Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars
and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!
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