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There are two huge downsides to being a cook-from-scratch kinda girl. Number one, downsizing is hard because you want to keep everything. Number two, keeping everything makes functioning in your kitchen way more difficult. Well, let me tell you, that minimalist diet is no joke. Once you start downsizing one area of your life, the other areas that used to trouble you tend to follow suit.
You guys have already been introduced to my kitchen pantry in my post Whole 30 No Processed Food Pantry but today I’m going to break it down even more. I’ve got the best kitchen declutter and storage solution ideas for you. They will help keep your kitchen clutter free and easy to work in.
The best way to improve the function of your kitchen and your life is to get intentionally organized. So many people think organization is all about the right containers or storage systems, when in reality the thing that is going to give you the biggest home makeover is to declutter and then organize. So here’s how to get started:
When it comes to downsizing your kitchen, the easiest place to start is with all your doubles. We tend to hang on to things that we already have multiples of. Sometimes it’s easier because then we don’t have to wash dishes as often. Sometimes we live with the irrational fear that all of a sudden, all of our belongings will magically disappear like socks in the dryer. So let’s get real; most things you only require one of. It just might take a little getting used to.
I don’t know about you guys but I had like 30 of the same pans before starting the downsize process. I had to get honest with myself. Now I have 3 pots: 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large. Frying pans are the same. I use them almost every day and yet have been super surprised to find just how functional having fewer really is. Owning more really just meant more dishes that piled in the sink. No thank you to that, my friend.
Let’s not get into the debate about what exactly a spatula is, just take a moment to ask yourself if you need 3 of them? Earlier this year I purchased a nice set of bamboo cooking utensils, hung onto one plastic spatula (for flipping pancakes) and said “goodbye” to the rest. The few odds and ends utensils we have like can openers, soup ladles and measuring cups now nicely fit into one small drawer. The bamboo ones get left out, right next to the stove for easy access and because they are way cuter than the old plastic ones we had before. It’s all about the cute, right/ Plus, avoiding plastic in cooking is a better option for your health and for the environment.
Tupperware can become like a mortal enemy, especially when the lids just don’t match the bottoms anymore. Just trust me here, there will not be some giant Tupperware apocalypse. Do away with the unused, the extra pieces and all things useless in the plastic storage department. I recently went through our tupperware cupboard, cleared away the old, stacked what was left and found myself with spaced out, easier access tupperware storage.
Now that you’ve squared things away, it’s time to decide what you want each cupboard space to be for. After downsizing my pots and pans I was bale to fit them into the relatively small cupboards right next to the oven. It’s absolutely perfect having all my cooking goodies right next to the stove top, oven and microwave. It makes for a really high functioning kitchen.
If you have bulkier items that you don’t want cluttering your counter tops, hopefully you cleared up some cupboard space! Now you can hide these unsightly things in their own little nook. Personally we stash our microwave oven and my trusty blender.
When stocking your pantry or food cupboards, avoid hiding food behind other foods. Doing this, you can avoid losing site of expired foods, plus it will make your pantry look much neater and clutter free.
My favorite way to do this is through tons of handy storage solutions. Most of which you can find at your local dollar store! As soon as I get home from grocery shopping I organize all our foods into their separate containers. It makes for finding foods easily and a clean looking pantry.
Take a peek below to see some of our storage solutions.
Once you have everything in place, work on implementing a system to keep it all organized. Get your family involved so they are aware of the changes you are making. This is best for you an them. Hopefully they start to figure out the new flow so they aren’t totally lost in their own kitchen.
If you saw something you liked, I shared some of the stuff and some of the foods found in my post, so you can do some prepping for yourself!
Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.