I recently went through my kitchen with a fine-tooth comb, reorganizing it on-camera for our kitchen organizing workshop. I became reacquainted with all sorts of kitchen gadgets that I had collected over the years, like a pasta-measuring device (so I’m sure to cook just the right amount of spaghetti,) and an egg-yolk-separating device. If you’re like me and you enjoy cooking (and gadget collecting), then you may find yourself with a utensil drawer or gadget cupboard that’s bulging at the seams. If so, then it’s time to incubate and date!
Kitchen gadgets have a way of multiplying when we’re not looking, and often those items we simply had to have (the pineapple slicer, for example) rarely see the light of day, let alone regular kitchen use. In the heat of organizing, though, it can be hard to recognize what is truly useful and what is clutter. Instead of trying to decide on the fly, set up an incubation bin—a place to hold all the nifty-yet-rarely-used gadgets taking up valuable kitchen space. Be sure to date the bin, and set a reminder to reevaluate its contents in one month.
Place the bin in an out of the way spot such as in your basement, garage or a storage closet. If you find yourself needing something from your incubator over the next month, it’s only a few steps away. Retrieve the item, and place it back in your kitchen after you use it. (It’s just proven its worth to you!) The items still in the incubator after one month can now go straight to charity. No more fretting, just quick and simple decluttering!
Aby Garvey is the founder and co-owner of simplify 101. Her passion is helping people create real and lasting change in their lives by getting more organized. Aby believes organizing is a fun and enjoyable process, which is why she developed a whole new way to get organized—simplify 101’s online workshops. Get a taste of simplify 101—and the organized life—with their FREE, simple-to-follow guide How to Create a Command Central Binder. You’ll put together a home reference binder that will help you get organized, save time, and minimize paper clutter and the stress that comes along with it!
Simplify 101 is offering a free spot in their upcoming Organize Your Kitchen: A Quick + Simple VIDEO Workshop. You won’t just learn how to organize your kitchen—you’ll see the process in action as Aby invites you into her own kitchen organizing project. Here are the ways to enter this giveaway (up to 3 chances to win!):
- Leave a comment on this post telling us why you need help organizing your kitchen.
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Only one lucky reader will win a spot in this workshop, but everyone can take advantage of this 15% discount! Simply enter the coupon code EMEALS during checkout. This coupon is good through April 5, 2012 and may not be combined with any other offers.