Just joining the Organizing Boot Camp? Here is what you missed:
And you’ll want to make sure you read How To Organize for a reminder in the process.
Your assignment this weekend is to single out some common kitchen problem areas and organize them. We will focus on the areas you use most frequently.
Assignment #4: Organize the plates, cups, silverware, and food prep/leftover containers.
Step 1: Declutter
Target the areas in your kitchen where you keep the plates, cups, silverware, and food prep/leftover containers. Take out everything in those cabinets and drawers, decluttering until you are only left with what you want to keep.
Consider how much of these items you’d need if you washed your dishes daily. If “what if” scenarios haven’t happened in the last 6 months, let the excuses and the items go.
Time saving tip: As you touch each item while pulling it out, immediately put it in your relocate, donate, trash, recycle, or keep pile. Don’t let the process drag out painfully. Practice making quick decisions. Do you really need this thing? Did you stick it in the closet because you don’t know what to do with it and you are postponing getting rid of it?
Step 2: Sort like with like
Are your dishes scattered all over the kitchen and cups here and there. Get all of these items sorted.
Time saving tip: To continue with the time saving tip from Step 1, go ahead and sort like with like as you place things in the keep pile. Don’t get stuck on minute details. Keep up a good pace!
Step 3: Put the stuff back
Put the stuff back in!
Organizing Rule of thumb: Put the things you use more frequently in the easiest to access places. Lesser used items can go in the harder to reach places.
Step 4: Utilize containers or organizing tools
Does your organizer for your silverware drawers doing a good job for you? As you consider containers and tools you use to organize, don’t be afraid to change what isn’t working.
Don’t forget to measure your spaces before you go shopping!
Step 5: Make your kitchen look nice
Honestly, the best way to make these areas in your kitchen look nice is to declutter them well! Seriously, if you don’t like how it looks at this step: declutter more!
Step 6: Make a plan to maintain
To maintain these commonly used kitchen areas, maintain the one in, one out rule. If you get a new mug, choose your least favorite to go.
Otherwise, sprucing it up during the annual 91 Day Declutter should suffice.
So that is Assignment #4!
Your next assignment will come early next week.
Get to it, soldier! Report back and let me know when you finish.
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