Almost immediately after the wonder and beauty of Christmas is wearing off….
many homemakers start to think about de-cluttering….
As the New Year approaches, we start to think; Out with the old, in with the new!
And what other time could be better than NOW?
It hasn’t always been this way for me ~ but this year, I just happen to have the time. So, I decided to start in the kitchen….
Recalling the words of my 17 year old grandson, Miles….”Mom, why do you have so many wooden spoons?” I decided to start there.
(Crock in the back, reduced to one. ) Taller appliance put next to wall.
Now, when I am helping a friend, or a client with decluttering, I try to get them to practice ……”Mindfullness”…..
In mindfullness, decluttering becomes a journey rather than a task.
When you declutter with mindfullness, it’s best to have no distractions.
It’s also a good idea to have a bag or a box for donations, as you will be letting go of what no longer serves you.
It would also be a good idea to have a place to set aside things that you cannot make a decision on right away.
As you look around to assess the room you have chosen – think about how well it serves you, and about what you can do to improve the function of the space.
(Maybe some extra storage at the end of the counter will help.)
For me; I like to have certain appliances on the counter that I use every day. I also like to have my cooking utensils near the stove, at-the-ready.
I did not need to have my wooden salad servers there, so I eliminated one set to the donation pile and put the other two in a drawer, freeing up and eliminating one of the extra crocks that was taking up counter space.
I also switched places with the coffee maker and electric tea kettle because the coffee maker was taller and looked better against the wall.
(Some colorful containers to hold the tea!)
Being mindful is to clear it off, wipe it down, and give some thought to each item. This is important: Give some thought to each item as you wipe it down.
I don’t want to bore you with all the details of how I cleaned my tiny kitchen, but I want you to know that in the process, I was able to “GET” that I really don’t need as much as I thought I did.
” A place for everything and everything in it’s place” is a good mantra to use while decluttering.
And if something doesn’t “have a place”, then maybe someone else could find a good use for it, and you won’t even miss it.
Who cares if you paid a gazillion dollars for it, or maybe it’s worth something…..If you let it go ~ I promise you….You won’t even miss it!
And don’t forget to bring something into the space that brings you joy.
Like some artisan dishsoap or new hand towels, or even a new appliance!
Tell me, what’s your biggest challenge?
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