It’s Day 6 of the 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tips Challenge. Today we’ll be looking at our kitchen appliances. For some of us, this will be an easy purging day, but for others it will be a tough task. Keep in mind that our goal is to eliminate things we don’t need from our lives and homes so that we can better enjoy life. Well, let’s jump right in and get started.
In my 20+ years of adulthood, I’ve gone through phases of hoarding and purging kitchen appliances. I know I’m not alone in my fascination with appliances that promise to make my kitchen and life so much better and happier. Some of those appliances deliver on their promises and others don’t. Sometimes the appliance is fine, but my needs and priorities change. I once longed after a juicer back in the 90’s. I remember the happy Christmas when I received my glorious juicer. I loved it and used it faithfully until I had my first baby. Then the juicer was out and the baby equipment was in. That juicer sat unappreciated in my cabinet for much too long.
Let’s dig in and find the “juicer” hiding in the back of your kitchen cabinets.
Take Everything Out- Look in the back of your cabinets and on the top shelves of cabinets and your pantry. Pull all your appliances out and place them on a counter or table (or a counter and table). Be sure to include any appliances that are sitting out on your counter already in your pile of appliances to sort through.
Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. Put all coffee makers together, put all grills together and so on.
Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created. How many items do you need in a category? Can you eliminate any duplicates. Now look at each individual item. Are there any broken or damaged? They need to go. Are there any you don’t use any more? They need to go. Are there any you haven’t used in over a year? They need to go. There’s one exception – if it’s a unique appliance that you use once a year (like the pizzelle maker I only use at Christmas), then you can keep it, but only if you love it and really use it on those special occasions.
Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags. Pass appliances to friends and family that will appreciate them. Donate appliances that are in good condition. Throw away broken appliances.
Now take a few minutes and find the manuals for those appliance that you’re purging. Let’s clear out those unneeded manuals, too.
Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away. Stand back and appreciate those open spaces you’ve created in your kitchen.
With my experience of moving into more than 25 homes, I’ve learned a few tricks about how to set up a kitchen and make it work for you.
Planning how to layout your kitchen is the key to organizing and enjoying your kitchen.
You may find these tips on how to organize your kitchen layout helpful, too.
Another day of purging down. Day Six is done. Enjoy that extra space in your kitchen and drop back by tomorrow for Day 7 in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge.