Today your decluttering mission is to declutter potholders and oven mitts.
Only keep a reasonable amount of them. I mean, really, practically how many do you really need?
Prime ones to declutter are any that are excessively stained, have holes in them (because then they really can't protect your fingers -- which is their job), or those you just don't find very attractive (assuming you have enough you do find pretty).
For those that you decide to keep throw them in the washer, or otherwise get them cleaned up a bit because they tend to get dirty with use. Ready, set, go!
Don't Forget About Seasonal Ones & Kids Crafts
When you're doing this mission don't forget about the ones your kids or grandkids have made for you as crafts.
Unless you actually use them they're clutter, at least in your kitchen. If you don't want to throw away a keepsake at least acknowledge what it really is, and put it somewhere else beside your kitchen, such as in a box with other keepsakes instead of taking up valuable real estate in your drawers or wherever else you've got it.
Or for kids crafts you can also choose to display them. But again, then its a decoration, not something you use functionally.
Same thing goes for seasonal kitchen mitts and holders. When it's not that season they don't need to be in the kitchen. Instead, store them with the rest of that season's decorations so when you get those items out you remember these as well and actually use them!
Then, when the season is over wash and then put them away until the next time.
If you don't actually use your seasonal decorations during that season then they're just clutter and shouldn't stay in your home.
Below you'll find some pictures from reader sharing their results from this mission. Hopefully they'll inspire you!
First photo courtesy of Denise Krebs, second photo courtesy of Endomental Artistry, also known as boliyou, from Flickr CC
Got Rid Of Stained, Ripped & Gross Ones & Organized The Rest
@mrs_zoo2901 showed off how she accomplished this mission on Instagram. She stated: "I had to change the order of the missions a bit since I can't consider my counters clear until the Christmas stuff is off the breakfast bar and I won't tackle that until this weekend.
So instead I decluttered my potholders and kitchen towels (Saturday's mission). Anything stained, ripped, or generally gross went into the trash. I folded everything else and put it in its own drawer, a much better system than having everything mixed together."
Possible Storage Solution: Hang Your Potholders Or Oven Mitts
One possible way to store your oven mitts and potholders, beside in a drawer, especially if you only decide to keep one or two of them after doing this decluttering mission, is to hang them on a hook.
You could choose to hang them where they're visible, like a reader, Stephanie, did. She explained that she only have 2 oven mitts in her house, so this storage and organization method works well for her.
You could also hang them up, but inside a cabinet door for example, so they're not always visible.
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!