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How To Declutter Utensils, Knives, Measuring Spoons & Cups

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Today's mission is to declutter utensils, knives, measuring spoons, cup, and gadgets from your kitchen.

Kitchen Drawer & Cabinet Organization
This mission is designed to be done while working on organizing the kitchen, as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, during both week #1's Kitchen Organization Challenge and Kitchen Drawer & Cabinet Organization Challenge.

Of course, you can do the mission whenever you want or need in your kitchen.

Whenever you do it though, I promise you're going to really love the results.

This mission is pretty simple, and applies to the following types of items: kitchen utensils, such as wooden spoons and spatulas, small cooking equipment like tongs, peelers and whisks, kitchen knives, measuring cups and spoons, as well as mixing bowls, and small kitchen gadgets of all varieties.

How to #declutter utensils, kitchen knives, measuring cups and spoons and other kitchen gadgets, including lots of before and after photos from readers who've already done this #Declutter365 mission {on Home Storage Solutions 101} #KitchenOrganizationuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
What the mission doesn't include (because these types of items have their own mission days) are the silverware drawer, as well as decluttering small appliances. There's also a days to declutter bakeware, and pots and pans.

I know it can be a bit confusing deciding if something is a "gadget" or an "appliance," and honestly it's not a big deal which day you declutter these things -- it will all happen some time very soon anyway if you continue to work through the Declutter 365 missions. In my brain I've separated the declutter appliance day from the declutter utensil day by deciding electric items
will be decluttered with appliances, and non-electric items will be decluttered today, with the utensils and gadgets.

Easy things to declutter today include anything broken or heat warped, since there is no point in keeping things that don't work.

In addition, you may want to declutter duplicates of items, keeping your favorite or the one that works best and getting rid of the rest.

Further, consider getting rid of utensils or gadgets that only have one function if a multi-functional tool will do the same thing.

As always, also get rid of items you haven't used or needed in over 6 months to a year, or things you don't actually have room to store. That means if you've only got one kitchen drawer for utensils, you've got to keep decluttering the space until everything you keep fits into that space, with the drawer easily opening and closing.

List of essential and useful kitchen appliances, gadgets and utensils
If you'd like some guidance about what are essential or helpful kitchen utensils and gadgets (or at least my opinion about what is essential and helpful) check out this article with my list of essential kitchen appliances and utensils.

Below I've got lots of pictures from readers who've already done this mission to show you how much decluttering these types of items will positively impact your kitchen, and get you excited to tackle this task for yourself!

Top photo courtesy of a reader, Cassie, and before and after photo collage courtesy of a reader, Mei-Li

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Before & After Photos From Readers Who've Done This Mission

Before and after photos, plus instructions for how to #declutter your kitchen utensil drawer {on Home Storage Solutions 101} #Declutter365 #KitchenOrganizationuse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Lots of readers have done this mission and sent in some remarkable before and after photos to show their results.

Above are photos from a reader, Bonita. She did a great job, didn't she?

Decluttered kitchen utensils from a reader, Jane, who did the #Declutter365 mission {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

The photos above are from a reader, Jane, She said, "Got a big bag of donations out of 15 minutes of work, and while I was cleaning the drawers, I washed the fronts and handles also. This is an overwhelming chore I will NEVER do all at one time. So today, three drawer fronts got scrubbed very clean."

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Here's another set of before and after photos, this time from a reader, Samantha.

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Finally, above are two photos sent in by a reader, Mary. She said, "This is my kitchen gadget drawer before," and "wonderfully decluttered after."

It is wonderful Mary! What a great job!

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How To Declutter Kitchen Knives

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One of the types of items to at least consider decluttering today are some of your kitchen knives.

Certainly some knives are essential in your home. At a minimum I suggest you have a chef knife, paring knife and bread knife.

If you have additional knives, and you actually use them frequently and have enough room to store them safely, you can obviously keep them as well.

However, if you have multiple sets of knives, or some are dull or poor quality, seriously consider getting rid of some of these items.

Once you've got quality knives you'll appreciate how well they work while cooking and preparing food, and won't want to use the lesser quality items anyway.

That's exactly what the two readers who sent in these photos above did. The top photo was sent in by Nicole, and the bottom photo was sent in by Lynne.

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Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Kitchen Utensil Clutter?

The kitchen utensils and gadgets that will be decluttered from the kitchen from a 15 minute decluttering session {part of a #Declutter365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101}

Here's one more photo, this one from a reader Sally. She said, "This is the stuff to sell in a garage sale! I am thrilled because it only took 15 minutes."

Remember, once you've decluttered your utensils and gadgets it'll be time to organize what's left. You can get ideas for that in the following articles here on the site:

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

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What I do with duplicates
by: Thisnot

Extras go in our camping tote!

idea for how to know what you actually need and use
by: Fiona

I read somewhere (and fully intend to do it - honest!!) to chuck all kitchen utensils in a box in another room. If you need something, you can 'liberate' it back to the kitchen. Anything still in that box after 3 months is clearly not required and can be de-cluttered

by: Deb

I have several (lots) of items (storage, utensils, linens, serving items) for holidays. Those will never be given away or sold. Use only once or twice a year. But used every year. So think about things that you use yearly. I store mine in the basement pantry.

by: Annpeal

How do you declutter knives in a eco friendly way? I have a set of knives housed in their own set of chopping boards. I don’t think charity shops take knives? I wonder if the recycling centre takes the knives as metal and the boards as hard plastic?

Knives- Donate or Discard?
by: Anonymous

I have tried to donate older, unused knives to places like Goodwill but they wouldn't accept them because were hazardous. I guess I understand that, but what am I to do with them? Wrap well and discard?

by: Anonymous

Regarding Knife disposal: Call ahead to donation places to ask. There are places that rehouse people that would accept them, including churches (churches may also be able to guide you to resources). Put a free pick up ad on Craigslist or on Freecycle and you can put them in a box in your driveway and not even have to have a face to face transaction. Last, knives are metal and are recyclable.

by: Sharon

Done, it was't that bad and I had two empty drawers. With I want to keep that way until I find a better use for them.

Extra Kitchen stuff
by: Anonymous mom

Donate to a local school culinary class.

Dispose of items through Buy Nothing
by: Brenda

Join your local Buy Nothing group, and offer items to the group. Someone always needs what you’re giving away. Better that things get reused than sent to landfills. Google: Buy Nothing. Groups are defined by neighborhoods. It’s great fun to give and receive for free!

by: Anonymous

I once had a friend who had had a house fire and since I had an extra knife block of knives, I gave them to her. She commented that that is one thing people don't think to donate. If a family in your city has had a fire, that may be an option.

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