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15 Minute Guided Kitchen Declutter (Simplify to cook more & keep clean!)

Jun 08, 2021
When I grew up in our high school weight room, it said on the wall that if it were easy, everyone would do it and I'm convinced that if it were easy to tidy up our

kitchen

, everyone would do it because it feels so good to work in a

kitchen

that is totally

clean

, but it's not easy, how do I know if I'm going to need these things or not? How do I know if it is safe to get rid of them? How much

more

difficult? Where do I need? And let's talk about it today. Tackles all the toughest things when it comes to

declutter

ing your kitchen.
15 minute guided kitchen declutter simplify to cook more keep clean
I'm going to share my favorite tips and questions and we'll do a lot of things in the next 15

minute

s. Well hello, I'm Dawn from Minimal Mom and I love it. talking about everything related to

simplify

ing your house and sharing my favorite tips and tricks because I know it's not easy but I know what a big difference it is to live in a simplified house, it's calm and when it comes to the kitchen it's especially important because When our kitchen is

clean

, streamlined and organized, I don't like the word organized, but when it's organized and clean and I know where everything is, I

cook

more

, we eat less and it feels like the whole house is under control, and that's it.
15 minute guided kitchen declutter simplify to cook more keep clean

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15 minute guided kitchen declutter simplify to cook more keep clean...

What I want to help you

simplify

your kitchen today because it will make a big difference in your home, so let's start right, so question number one is am I overvaluing the items in my kitchen? So kitchens can be difficult because there are so many Sometimes there are things that take up a lot of space but that we've spent a lot of money on, so a Vitamix blender, for example, costs about three hundred and fifty dollars. I saved up Amazon credit for over a year so we could buy it so I can make smoothies at home, so let's say it's been taking up space in your cupboard and you haven't used it in the last year or two, so the first question we get we will do is what would I change?
15 minute guided kitchen declutter simplify to cook more keep clean
In the next year, I'll be more likely to use this and it won't continue to take up space in my cabinet. Is there something coming up where I will have more time to use it or are my kids getting old enough? that they can use it or it's very likely that because we are creatures of habit and we do the same things every day, this will still be sitting there and taking up space, but here's the other thing and where I think that way I sometimes overrated these items, so I paid 350 dollars for this, that's a lot of money, so in my head this is a 350 dollar appliance, so for me to try to sell it on the Facebook marketplace or even donate it seems ridiculous, because I spent three. one hundred and fifty dollars and I'm giving away three hundred and fifty dollars, but here's the problem: it's not really a $350 appliance if I don't use it, the value of this item if it's just sitting in my cabinet taking up space, unused is $0 or if you want to be extremist it's actually costing me money because I'm storing it, I'm heating it up and cooling it down and you know, I

keep

it in a climate controlled storage location and in very valuable storage space in my kitchen because I don't have a lot of space in kitchen cabinets or additional storage space, so I'm not giving space here for anything right, so it's actually costing me money and it's costing me valuable space, so this is not an asset, this one already It's not a $350 asset in my life, no, it's an expense to me and it's taking up space, so what's its real value?
15 minute guided kitchen declutter simplify to cook more keep clean
Well, I'd probably have to go to the Facebook marketplace and see what people are getting. these right now and that's its value, if it's no longer in my house then it has value because then I could exchange someone's money for this item and have money back in my pocket and then it's actually adding some value, but right now this thing just taking up space in my kitchen cupboard has zero value to me, if not negative value, if I were to really be tough on it and charge it for storage space, so I know these types of items are the harder to part with if we have spent a lot of money on them, maybe they were given to us as a gift, but many times these things are also the biggest source of guilt.
Every time we look at them we think, oh, I bought that and I'm not going to use it. Better to cut our losses now, part ways with him now, and get that valuable closet space back. Well, next, a very common question: how much chopper, where and our food storage containers do we need? Probably a lot less than you think. I don't know for some. This is why we all like to accumulate storage containers, probably because I know how they get lost sometimes, we think we need a lot of variety, we need all sizes, but let me show you what we have and it has worked wonders for us, so I have these containers that you probably recognize are deli containers, we don't heat things in them, so we just put things in the refrigerator and they're great because if someone loses them, I don't care.
I got them for free so we kept them and then we also have these meal prep containers so I'll use them to prep lunches ahead of time or to portion things out for, you know, going out for quick meals, but I also use them just to store food . and they work great and I really like how they stack so well and don't take up much space and last but not least I have three Pyrex bowls in three different sizes with rubber lids that go on them so this is it all. This is all we have and we used to have those, you know, little Tupperware containers, a little bigger and a little bigger, but what I didn't like about them is that I would always lose them in the refrigerator and forget I had them . food in them and it was going bad, they would push them back and you know how that goes, so I really like that all of our food, even if we just have a little leftovers, I still put it in one of these big containers or in one of these containers because then you're less likely to use them, so the best thing you can do with the Tupperware stuff if you don't know if you're going to need it or not is to quarantine it to put it in a box to

keep

a minimum amount out. try to save it as little as possible mark the date and if in three months or six months you haven't gotten anything out of it donate that stuff recycle it get rid of it because your kitchen is I will feel so much better if you no longer have all these random plastic containers and lids everywhere.
Well, let's talk about decoration because I had a lot of fun decorating these open shelves and I told Tom that we were going to use them for practical things, they're not necessarily just for decoration, we have things in here that we use, but it's also been a fun place to decorate , but what I like is that they are things that are on the counters, even these jars. They're not going to stay there, I need to put them away because they're usually on the shelves, but they didn't go with my Christmas stuff, but what I like is that everything is off the counter on these shelves, and so when it comes to decorating of the kitchen, we just want to be strategic about it, it's fun, we want to have some fun things in our kitchen to decorate, but if possible, try to keep the counters clean, whether it's decorations or things that everyone uses. day, if you look at brain science, find out if once you clean your kitchen you look around and there are still things on the counters, our brain still registers that it's not done, the work is incomplete, there's more to do and so So, having our counters are totally empty, even though literally the only thing we have on our counters right now is our coffee maker, toaster, instant stand mixer, it's heavy, like the stand mixer is heavy, but honestly, I use it maybe once a month so I can take it out. when I want to use it, but I would challenge you to try completely cleaning your counters and try it for a week or two to see what it feels like and see what other people in your home think, but I guess once you clean all your counters, you're not going to come back because there's something about it that mentally feels really good and one of my biggest questions for any kind of ordering, but especially in the kitchen, is: do I want to have to drive? this item again, so this is called deferred decision making, so if I take something out of one of my cabinets and say, yeah, I haven't used it in the last year and I don't know if I could use it.
I'm buying it next year, but I'm not sure if my mom gave it to me, so I should probably keep it or you know, I spent $50 on it, so I should probably keep it just in case, if you have that thought process in your mind . head says stop timeout Do I want to have to handle this item again in another six months or another year when I go to simplify or

declutter

my space again? Do I want to encounter this same element again and spend more time on it again or do it? I just want to part ways with it now and never have to deal with it again and even take the risk that I might want to use it again someday, but trusting that I could find it again on the Facebook marketplace, I might find it. again in a thrift store, I could lend it to a friend, a neighbor or a family member, that my house, my kitchen, does not have to be a warehouse for all things, where everything I can use to be able to keep it. simplified and make it feel like a good place to be, even like I said, taking the risk that I may need that thing one day, but honestly, once you donate it, you'll never think about it again.
Okay, now let's talk about pots and pans. We literally keep three pots and pans, so I have this medium size one with a strainer lid, which I really like. This is from Amazon. I'll link it below and then we have this larger pot with a clear lid that can go in as well. the oven like a Dutch oven which I really like, I like the clear lid that I can see through it while it's

cook

ing and then a pan down there and they all fit very easily in this bottom drawer which I especially love and then in the basement.
I also have a big pot that I keep, but I rarely use it, and then we have a real Dutch oven that I keep in this cabinet, but also that's like I don't have a saucepan anymore, I just use this one. skillet and it works great, but I literally never found an occasion where I needed more pots and pans. Also, we only have three burners on our stove that work, so that could be part of it, but again, the season I'm in is cooking right now, efficiency is fast, cooking the same things over and over. again, which is fine and we're all fine with that and I actually really like it since we've simplified our meal planning.
I cook at home more, it doesn't require brainpower. I really found that trying new recipes all the time was really stressful, so I have a whole video on meal planning, but instead we have been able to decrease our grocery inventory in our kitchen. by cooking the same meals all the time, but it also means that I can keep our pots and pans really simplified and not feel like I'm missing anything, I need something, but the best part is that I don't have piles and piles of pots, pans, frying pans and dirty dishes next to the sink because we only have three and if you dirty the pan and you want to fry something else, you have to wash it, like there's no way around it and That's amazing and I love it, but probably the most important question I want to ask you is How do you want your kitchen to feel?
What season of life are you in? Are you in a season where you are doing many different types of cooking and trying different recipes all the time or are you in a season where you need an efficient kitchen where you are mostly cooking the same foods day after day? day and, by having your kitchen very simplified, you know that we like to take advantage of the holidays. home example or if you have only the things you need and nothing else, when you open the cabinets and drawers to half, 1/3 of their capacity, that would feel really good and you would be more likely to cook more at home if many times you worked in that kind of kitchen, these things come into our kitchen, we buy them because we think we need them, we use them once or never and then they settle permanently in our house and So I had said this before, but it really surprised me a day when he said that when the kitchen is clean I feel like things are under control and I thought wow, as I was thinking about that I thought, yeah, you're right. when the kitchens are cleaned it's like everything is fine and then you want to pick up the rest of the house quickly and it does, it's the center of our house and not only for me but for my whole family, everyone really likes it. when the kitchen is clean, then what do I have to do to get to that point where I can keep my kitchen clean on a regular basis to say we're in a busy season right now so we're going to simplify our house A LOT.
We are going to create a holiday kitchen, an efficient kitchen so that we are more likely to cook in it and it will be a much nicer place to be, so if this sounds like something you would like, then we have to be tougher. the things in our kitchen and talking about not havingtons of dishes piled up next to the sink, earlier this year we also simplified our everyday dishes, our plates are bowls, our cups to have one setup per person in our family and I started it as just nice. In one experiment, the kids were getting old enough to be able to wash their own dishes, so I wanted them to start taking responsibility for that and I was so tired of having so many dishes stacked next to the sink at the end of the day.
We came up with a place for each person and then everyone has been watching them, you can wash it and place it on the dish drainer next to the sink to dry or put it in the dishwasher at the end of the day, but it's amazing, it's marked a big difference in not having so many plates stacked next to the sink and again it's the same principle as in the past, if someone soils a plate and then wanted another plate, what do they do, take out another one and, especially with six people in our family, there are many dishes throughout the day, it is physically impossible. having stacks and stacks of dishes attached to our sink now because we don't have as many dishes and it has made a huge difference in how our kitchen feels, but also so that I don't feel overwhelmed at the end of the day because it's so quick Clean our kitchen now and I will say this.
I love it. Tom, right? Tom doesn't like it at all. Many times I still keep all our Mill Mac dishes in the basement, in a box, and there have been times like that. where I'm gone for a few days or a week and he brings out the extra dishes and I'm like it's totally fine if you're in charge of the dishes then you can choose what works best for you but most of the time I'm still a I take charge of the cooking and the dishes and that's what works best for me, so he said, Okay, I'll let you do it, that's fine and of course it depends on other members of your household and if that works. for you, but if there is any possible way for it to work.
I've heard from many other friends too that it has been a game changer and made a huge difference in how good their kitchens feel. There you have it all from me. questions about decluttering when it comes to simplifying your kitchen, but the most important thing I can tell you is that you have permission to get rid of things, whether you've spent money on them, they've been a gift, we need our kitchen to work great Yes We will use it well, otherwise I know how it works, it becomes a mess, it's a mess, we don't want to cook there, we end up eating out, so it's really important to simplify this room and make it work well, our whole family does it. will do.
Benefit from it, so I'd love to know what things you're struggling with in your kitchen, what your favorite questions are when it comes to simplifying the kitchen, or if you've simplified your kitchen, how do you like it? Tell us below and get excited. others because there are so many friends that read the comments and get more ideas and encouragement from there too, so thank you for leaving your comments too, but a thumbs up is that I always appreciate it, especially if you want to see more videos like this. I hope you subscribe because we will make many more guides for cutters together.
It's more fun if we do it together. I definitely hope to visit again soon.

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