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Declutter Small Appliances {15 Minute Mission}

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Today's mission is to declutter small appliances that you use in the kitchen.


This mission is designed to be done in conjunction with either the Kitchen Countertop Organization Challenge or the Kitchen Cabinet & Drawer Organization Challenge, depending on where you currently store these appliances.

How to #declutter small appliances in your kitchen, with criteria and things to consider for what to keep versus to get rid of {a #Declutter365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101} #KitchenOrganizationuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
I think just about all of us have at least one or two appliances, meaning things like blenders, mixers, toaster ovens, crockpots, and more, that we don't use.

Maybe we got them as a wedding gift, or we really thought we'd use it and splurged to get it, but now it is just collecting dust and wasting precious space in our kitchen.

Today's the day you're going to take a good hard look at all of your appliances and make some decisions about what should stay and what should go.

First start by looking at my list of essential and useful kitchen appliances and gadgets to see what I think are the most important appliances to keep in your kitchen.

I will say, however, I will not be offended in the slightest if you don't use my suggestions and decide something completely different for yourself about what is and is not essential. That's because what is essential equipment for you is so tied to the way you cook, and what you enjoy using, so you will be making some very personal decisions when doing this mission.

However, to make your very personal decision about what to declutter, here are criteria you should consider:
  • How often do
    you use the appliance? If you haven't used it in a year, seriously consider getting rid of it. Even if you've used it more frequently you may want to declutter it, see the further questions below.

  • Do you have duplicates (including in places beside the kitchen, like an extra in the basement, garage, etc.)? If so, consider keeping on the best one, and decluttering the rest.

  • Does it work, or does it need a major repair? Is it missing parts?

  • Even if you've used it somewhat recently, would something else you already have and use in your kitchen actually perform the same task? If so, do you really need a specialty item, or would something that performs multiple tasks make better sense to keep?
List of essential and useful kitchen appliances, gadgets and utensils
Evaluate each small appliance using these criteria and then you'll be able to decide what to keep versus to get rid of.

Once you've decided what to get rid of you can decide whether to donate or try to sell the appliances you no longer want (or if they should be discarded if they are broken beyond repair). I'd love to hear what you do with these small appliances in the comments below, to give everyone ideas for what to do with them.

In addition, below you'll see pictures from readers who've already done this mission, to show you the big impact it can have in your kitchen to get rid of some of these items. They really do take up a lot of space!

Top photo courtesy of LadyDragonflyCC - >;<

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Since "Small" Appliances Aren't Really That Small Decluttering Makes A Huge Difference

Here's a before and after photo from a reader, Anne, who decluttered her appliance pantry. As you can see from the photos you can see how decluttering can make such a dramatic difference in the space.

It looks awesome Anne!

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Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Small Kitchen Appliance Clutter?

Here's another before and after photo from a reader, Brandy, who explained that she first decluttered some appliances in her kitchen cabinets during some of the previous missions.

Then, she continued, "besides the ones that were already gone through out of the kitchen cabinets I only had one stand left to do. The bottom toaster oven still works, it just won't stay closed. My husband has said for over a year (maybe 2?) that he will fix it. I'm waiting, and until he does it is now with his things and out of the kitchen!"

Yay, she did a great job too, didn't she?

Now, it is your turn. Are you ready to take on this mission? I hope so. And when you do this mission make sure to send in your photos here and I'll add the best ones to the site!

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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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Comments for Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Small Kitchen Appliance Clutter?

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Things I Don't Own
by: Anonymous

I do not own a food processor, waffle iron, or big stand mixer.

That said, I use the blender nearly every day, and my small portable mixer is fine for the few tasks I need it for. BTW, I have had it for over 40 years and it has had no repairs.

where I donate
by: Joanne

I give all my donations to amvets (American veterans). They call me about every 4-6 weeks and pick up clothing and small household items right at your front door. Can't be easier.

what I kept
by: Karen

6 months ago we downsized from a 1400 sf house to a 1000sf apartment. Hubby didn't have anything to do so we bought a 1680 sf house!! I was very happy downsizing. I'd bought small appliances for the apartment and now after Christmas have full sized appliances again, some with multiple purposes, like slow cooker and new hot pot/pressure cooker and a stovetop griddle and large electric fry pan. Just gonna keep pressure cooker and electric skillet.

Griller and other things
by: Dona

I was going to get rid of my 15-year old griller because it was getting pretty hard to clean. I bought a George Forman grill just before Christmas when it was on sale and I love it but it is just too small to cook my veggies and meat together. So I am going to have to take it out of the car (was going to give it to charity) and use it for the veggies and cook the meat on the GF grill!
I tried using the GF for making toasted sandwiches so I could get rid of my jaffle/sandwich maker, but the sandwiches aren't the same! We have two toasters and I would love to get rid of the old smaller one and just use the bigger one that was given to me, but my hubby won't have a bar of it! The smaller one is his go to toaster.

But in my defense, I have given away a cafe press that was given to me, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, tea cups, side plates and saucers, platters, serving trays, and my daughter is getting all of my chocolate moulds. Although not a kitchen item I am giving away a DVD player and small flat screen tv.

So far, this has been easy
by: pengie

Except for the kitchen counters, this has been an easy task for me. Two years ago, we did a major declutter because we were remodeling the kitchen and had to empty everything and tear the cabinets off the walls. I guess this is a decluttering extreme. When everything went back in, we took out things that didn't have lids, things we don't use, and things that were just not in good condition. Our task now is to keep what's already done in tip-top condition. Ready to dig deeper.

I'm giving some to my kids
by: Laura

Two of my children will be living off campus next year so I am giving them the duplicate small appliances they want and the rest will go to our community consignment/donation center.

Gadgets
by: Anonymous

I love cooking gadgets. Many I do not use but intended to. I will never get rid of them. I really do not think I have to much stuff, but too small a house for it all. My house is very old 50 something. Back then people must have had just what they needed and no more.I will let my kids part with the wonderful items many of which are never used. I wish my home had an enormous walk in pantry like my daughter in laws! She only has a nice beautiful kitchen because it came with the house!

Please don't donate them to your church
by: Joy

Often the church kitchen becomes a dumping ground for other people's cast offs. Unless there is a specific request for an item, please don't add your old mixer or other appliances to the church kitchen clutter--clutter which is already substantial because people accidentally leave containers and serving plates after potlucks.

give to friends or family
by: Hershy

Before deciding garage sale or donate, I check if any family members or friends children are off to college or a first apartment. If so I put together a kit of things they may need but probably don't have.

Good on this front
by: Sharon

I don't have many appliances as I was never a lover of gadgets for the kitchen. But I am going through the drawers to get rid of my extra tools.

Donations and re-purposing
by: Meg

While going through my appliances I found a vintage punch bowl and cookie gun of my grandmother that I’ve never used. My mom is actually going to take them, which means I’ll get to re-inherit these items sometime in the future lol. But the coolest was finding my stainless steel canister set which wasn’t being used and will be perfect for holding the thousands of Legos, cars, and little action figures of my son. Talk about a win-win - using my clutter to organize other clutter!

Kitchen Appliances
by: Anonymous

I used to do a lot of moving when I was younger. Most often I would just box things up and sort and get rid of things when I unpacked. Unfortunately with a full and part time jobs and two kids to raise, one of which was mentally challenged, I accumulated a lot of boxes to go through. Now that I have the time I am slowly going through things and have found a total of 6 toasters that I bought as I couldn't find them previously. This is definitely not a good way to move but unfortunately I had no choice at the time. I don't have that many boxes left to go through, mostly paperwork that is exhausting to get through. I decided to take your 365 day challenge to encourage me and remind me further of things that could be let go of. Thank you for this challenge. I'm looking forward to doing this challenge and slowly but surely getting everything in order.

Baking cabinet
by: Korbyn

My KitchenAid mixer took up SO much space on my counter but now I have created a Baking cabinet which houses the KitchenAid and some of my specific baking pans that I only use when the mixer is pulled out. :) I'm loving the new space I've got to plate meals, cook meals, prep meals and even just see nothing cluttering up the counters!

15 minutes works
by: Mamacita

My son was moving out (in his 30s). I gathered all my corningware and placed everything on the extended dining room table. Some items have more than 2 or 3. I sorted out what I use with lids; created a second set with lids for my son. Now I am putting boxes of corningware together to be divided between my grandchildren. They are getting out of high school this year and next and these will be a great gift for their apartment. Same goes with plate sets and utensils. No money out of pocket setting up housekeeping.

Kitchen tools
by: Peggy

Well, I have all the tools and kitchen equipment that you listed - plus a few more. I will be looking at my kitchen tools very carefully. My husband and I recently moved in with my aging folks and I have now become the main cook and bottle washer~ :) I am combining our kitchens - my mom has been a good help in releasing some of her things and I have been removing some of my tools. too.

I love this blog. I love what you have created. I am finding that it is helping immensely in getting our household set up and running efficiently. I can't wait to see what our home looks like at the end of the year ~~~

I will be inheriting my folks' home someday. My mom wants be to make it my own - even though they still live here. Was not easy giving in to their wishes.

Thank you for all your hard work it is much appreciated.

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