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Day 17 Purging Tips – Kitchen Utensils

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Welcome to Day 17 of the 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tips Challenge.   Now is the perfect time to sort through that drawer (or drawers) of kitchen utensils. Let’s see what we want to keep and what needs to be purged. Our goal is to clear the clutter that we don’t need from our lives and kitchen so that we can better enjoy life.

Purging kitchen utensils can be challenging. You look at an item and think, “What if I ever ne-eeed it?” or “What if I’m throwing a party and need five of those soup ladles?” You come up with a thousand and one reasons to keep everyone of those kitchen utensils, even all the ones you don’t need. No excuses this time. Be honest and only keep the utensils that are really useful and necessary. 

Clearing Clutter – Purging Kitchen Utensils

Grab the 6  purging bags you created earlier and your free printable Purging Clutter Checklist.  Now, let’s head to the kitchen and start purging.

Take Everything Out- Keep in mind we’re doing this in 10 minutes. Depending on how much you have, that may mean you can only tackle one drawer today. That’s okay.  You can come back to the other items another time. Lay the items you take out on a counter or table. Now take a moment. If you have similar items in other drawers or locations, go get them and add them to the pile. 

Group Like Items Together – Quickly group like items together. As you’re sorting the items think about whether you have other similar items somewhere else in your kitchen. If you do, get them add them to the group so you have all ladles together, all spatulas together and so on. 

Evaluate – Look at each group you’ve created. Any broken items need to go. Start a list of items you need to replace, but do not keep broken items. Are there any categories you don’t need? If you no longer have the espresso machine, then you don’t need all the accessories. Are there any items you haven’t used in the past year? Just because it’s an expensive brand doesn’t mean that you should keep the item. If you’re not using it, pass it along to someone else and free up that space in your life for things you do use. 

Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags. Throw away broken items, but donate or pass along items that can be used. Just commit to getting them out of your house this week.

Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away. Take a few minutes to organize the items as you put them away so you can enjoy a freshly organized kitchen

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We’ve done it. Another day or purging down. Woo hoo! I hope you join me tomorrow for Day Eighteen in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. Let’s purge some more so you can enjoy life more.

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  1. Ah yes, the utensil drawer. Which manufacturers never make deep enough… especially to hold nested measuring cups! Great decluttering exercise, and not too difficult.

    1. You’re right about the size of the drawers, Seana. You’d think that the manufacturers would have fixed that by now.

  2. This can be tough when you downsize and go from having 5 drawers to having only one. It’s always better to have fewer utensils that you need to wash now and then than to have a drawer you can’t open because it is so stuffed.

    1. Downsizing is a big challenge (I wish I photos of some of the teensy tiny kitchens we’ve had thanks to the military). šŸ™‚

  3. For some reason, I have a hard time getting rid of my kitchen utensils. I did some of them from the container on the counter to another drawer, so the counter isn’t so cluttered; but I didn’t totally get rid of them.

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