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The Ultimate Kitchen Cabinet Decluttering Checklist


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Kitchens tend to look neater when belongings are kept behind closed cabinet doors rather than stored in the open. The key is trying to keep the belongings behind the closed cabinet doors as neat and tidy as possible. Use this checklist the next time you want declutter your kitchen cabinets.

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The Ultimate Kitchen Cabinet Decluttering Checklist

  1. 1. FIND OUT WHAT’S IN THERE oo Clear countertops so you have room to sort items from your cabinets. oo Consider marking areas of the counter, table or floor with category names for sorting purposes. oo Place three bins nearby — one each for items you will purge, sell or donate. oo Take notes about things that must be replaced, or things you need but don’t have. oo Empty everything out of your cabinets. THE ULTIMATE KITCHEN CABINET DECLUTTERING ChecklistKitchens look much neater when items are stored behind closed cabinet doors. Here are steps to follow to declutter your kitchen cabinets. ✔ DETERMINE ‘WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL OF THIS?’ oo For each item removed from a cabinet, determine whether you want to keep it. oo If you’re not sure, ask whether you’ve used the item in the last year. If not, it should probably go. oo If you want to get rid of it, determine whether you want to trash it, sell it or donate it. oo Place the items that you’re keeping in groups, based on where they are most often used in the kitchen. oo Dispose of food items that are stale, look suspect, or are past their expiration date. TAKE STEPS TO AVOID THE NEXT DECLUTTER oo Stack items whenever possible. oo Store smaller items inside of larger ones — nest bowls, pots and pans. oo Store lids separately from pots or containers whenever possible. oo Use shelf dividers, hanging racks and Lazy Susans, as they create more space by keeping certain items out of the way and making them easier to access. DECIDE WHERE EVERYTHING SHOULD GO oo Define “work zones” based on which areas of your kitchen are used for specific tasks. oo Plan to store appropriate items in cabinets closest to these work zones (e.g., pots and pans closest to the stove, dishes and glasses closest to the dishwasher). oo Organize pantry shelves like the supermarket does, with rows of similar items, the oldest items in the front, and labels all facing out for easy identification. STORE EVERYTHING WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO oo Keep items used most frequently on the bottom shelves of upper cabinets or the upper shelves of bottom cabinets (to minimize stretching and crouching). oo Conversely, keep items less frequently used on higher shelves within upper cabinets, and lower shelves in lower cabinets. oo Store rarely used items, such as roasting pans, in the most difficult-to-reach storage areas. oo In each cabinet, place the most frequently used items in front of items you use less frequently. oo Create a “junk drawer” for items that defy categorization; use a divider or another drawer organizer to arrange them.