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How To Declutter Kitchen Drawers

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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.

Kitchen Cabinet & Drawer Organization Challenge
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 decluttering three common types of 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.

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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.

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Got All My Kitchen Drawers & Cabinets Clutter Free!

Kelly showed off her now clutter free kitchen drawers and cabinets, after doing the #Declutter365 missions on Home Storage Solutions 101

Kelly sent in this photo of her kitchen cabinets and drawers, and said, "All my kitchen lower cabinets and my pot holders cleaned, organized and purged! P. S. My car is packed and headed to Goodwill."

Looks great, doesn't it? You can also get information about how to declutter your kitchen cabinets here.

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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!

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Declutter 365 missions: 15 minute missions for your entire home

Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.

The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!

Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.

Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.

In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.

If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!

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Get This Kitchen Decluttering Checklist + 32 Other Decluttering Checklists For Your Home

Right now you're decluttering your kitchen, and there's a lot of stuff to declutter in this space.

Get your 2 page kitchen decluttering checklist, plus 32 other decluttering checklists, to help you declutter your entire home here.

Get this kitchen decluttering checklist and 32 other decluttering checklists for your home {on Home Storage Solutions 101}

I've done the hard work of breaking down these tasks into smaller more manageable steps for you, so you don't get overwhelmed or worry you're forgetting a task, and you can go at the pace you want, whether that's fast or slow.

In addition, you can tackle these decluttering tasks in whatever order you want when you use these checklists!

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Comments for After You're Done With This Mission You May Have Empty Drawers!

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I only have one drawer
by: Anonymous

In the first place I live in a 1-bedroom apartment in a retirement home. My kitchen is only 7-feet long. Two feet for the stove with four burners, one foot for the kitchen sink next to the stove, and two feet for the drainboard, with only one drawer and then two feet for the refrigerator. With only one drawer I have to keep it for my silverware and other utensils like things to help me open lids on jars, etc. So that is it.

Painful kitchen
by: Anonymous

I have 5 drawers, each one is 6 inches wide. There is one giant cabinet the depth of the stove and a 6 inch door. I use tongs and a flash light to find stuff. I keep the silverware on the counter in picnic carrier. Any suggestions?

Pretty drawer liners
by: Lisa

I have been working on my kitchen drawers and I decided to use a really pretty floral wrapping paper to line them. It looks so pretty - like a garden each time I open a drawer. Give it a try!

Undecided items
by: Anonymous

If I can’t decide whether or not to keep something I put them in a plastic bin and put in my storage area. If I use something out of the bin I return it to the drawer. I give this process 6 months and if I haven’t used something in 6 months I donate it.

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