It feels like I’ve been battling clutter for most of my life. Being a writer, notebooks and tons of slips of paper with ideas pretty much cover my entire world. At one point, I thought I just about had a handle on it. Then Ayva started preschool. Let me tell y’all, there is no clutter like preschool art clutter! I’ve given up. The papers and notebooks and pictures and paintings, they all get stuffed into files and boxes. I’m using my energy to make sure the clutter doesn’t extend to the rest of our house, especially the kitchen.
I love baking almost as much as I love writing. Creating delicious treats that my family enjoys is
a big ego boost great for my soul. Not only that, but I get to be in charge of the ingredients. You know what that means. Yup, I say yes to less! But this post isn’t about what I put into my yummy baked goods. It’s about how I prevent my kitchen from the same fate that has fallen upon my office. And bedroom. And that closet in the hallway. I’ve kept my kitchen clutter-free by adopting 3 simple rules:
1. Need it? Prove it.
It’s no secret that I love shopping, and kitchen items are the most tempting things for me to buy outside of clothes for Ayva. Those cute little cookie dough scoops? A new mini loaf pan? Yes and yes. Before I purchase an item, though, I have to make a version of whatever baked good the product I’m considering purchasing is going to simplify. For example, I wanted to buy a candy mold, but I had lollipop sticks that hadn’t been used, yet. Well, now that I used them, I’m free to purchase the candy molds. It’s kind of like a prize!
2. No multiples allowed. Okay, some multiples allowed.
As much as I’d like to purchase a new set of measuring cups every time I go shopping, I don’t. As I walk through the store, I take a mental inventory of the things that I already own. If I already have one or two of an item, I leave it there. There’s only so many cookie dough scoops (yes, those again) that one could have. Regardless of how many dozens of cookies they make in a week!
3. Use it or lose it.
This one is simple. Whenever I bring a new baking tool into the house, I take a look at what I currently have in my cabinets. If there are things that I haven’t used in a long time, and have no plans to use it soon, it goes. Don’t get me wrong, some things may leniency, but eventually, if it hasn’t been used, it doesn’t get to stay in the house.
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How do you keep your kitchen clutter free? I’m still learning, so I’d love to hear your tips!