Decluttering the Kitchen

Hi everyone!
The recent trip I took to our trailer gave me the time to really declutter! We haven’t spent a lot of time at the trailer in years and when we did get a chance to go up, it was only a few days at a time. So things like going through the cabinets and purging was the last thing I really wanted to do in those few says. But, getting the chance to be there for 3 weeks, I actually enjoyed taking my time and getting my home away from home more organized.
Over the years, things just kind of got shoved here and there. It was time to tackle it!
july 4th 2015
Holy cow! The plates and bowls cabinet!
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And large bowl area.
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I can’t believe I am showing y’all this mess!
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Everything came out of those 3 cabinets!
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I completely scrubbed down the insides of all the cabinets.
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Let the purging begin! A couple of bags go straight to the trash.
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Lots of things to be taken to donation.
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Phew! All cleaned out, organized and easier to deal with.
I have to admit, while I was alone tackling this job, I felt my mind purging stuff as well. sounds weird huh? But this task made me feel a sense of accomplishment which in turn made me feel more positive.
And what was a total surprise was when I got home, this feeling carried over into my house! I decided to tackle my kitchen cabinets at home. Woohoo!
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This baking cabinet was so crammed full, I didn’t even bother trying to get things out from the back.
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I was so shocked at how many muffin pans I had! Why so many? I forgot they were in there! I couldn’t see them so, I would pick up a new one! Talk about waste and non-thrifty!!
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Just like the trailer, everything came out and the cabinet got a complete scrubbing!
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Wow! Would you look at that! I can actually see everything in this cabinet now! What a great concept! LOL
I ended up throwing away several pans and donating a lot.
The simple act of purging these cabinets both at home and at the trailer has been very therapeutic for me. It just feels like I have lightened up and can breathe easier. Do you ever get that kind of feeling from accomplishing a project like this?
When was the last time you went through and purged your kitchen cabinets?
Thank you for stopping by and have a happy day!

10 comments :

  1. Great job Diann! I do feel so much better when I clean and purge! I did my kitchen cabinets not that long ago and got rid of mugs, glasses I didn't use and kept only the dishes I want to currently use. FELT good. I still need to clean the drawer beneath the oven and figure out what baking pans to keep. I took a huge load of glasses and other items to the thrift last weekend and it felt marvelous! Always more to purge but I keep at it and someday I'll be done???

    hugs,
    Linda

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  2. I LOVE this post! I'm right there with you on the cabinet clutter. My kitchen is tiny with little storage so it doesn't take long for it to get out of hand! Looks great and YES I do always feel better once it's done!

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  3. So proud of you! I think I have to be in the mood and I rarely am! But I do know that once you start, it's contagious! I had good intentions of purging my kitchen cupboards over the winter as I was repainting them. I got a few done :-(

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  4. That is so funny because just today I did the same thing. On a much smaller scale than you but I cleaned out my bakers rack and through a bit away and set some stuff aside for donation also. Next weekend I hope to tackle another project.

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  5. I went thru my cabinets last year before Audrey went to Australia. Donated bunches of stuff!! I kinda feel like I need to do it again!!

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  6. I just did that not long ago. It really does make you feel so much better.

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  7. Yeah, I gotta get at that! I have difficulty getting rid of gifts, and things I MIGHT use someday.
    Deb

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  8. De-cluttering or purging is fabulous! It is a wonderful sense of accomplishment and even though you're not actively aware of what's hidden in cupboards you deal with the frustration of having to look at them on a regular basis. Once they're cleaned up your brain can release that frustration. I read about the phenomenon years ago; they called it 'freeing up attention units'.
    I recently read this book 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing'. I strongly recommend this book. Don't be put off by the title, the only thing that seems to be 'Japanese' is the author. From her descriptions, her clients (in Japan) have just as many issues with clutter & disorganization as anyone else.
    Happy decluttering, organizing and/or down-sizing to all!

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  9. Miss Jane, funny timing. I was just reading about that book last night! It looks interesting!

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  10. Wow, good job! It does feel good. We're in the middle of a whole house purge right now. Monday we tackle the craft closet (a 7'x10' pantry closet full of shelves and drawers and God knows what). Wish us luck and safe return ;)

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