One of the most asked questions I receive is, “Where do I begin?”, “I want to declutter, but I’m not sure how to start.” Want to know a secret? It’s not hard, you probably already have a good idea of what you use on a daily or weekly basis, so just start somewhere. Anywhere!
I chose to start in the kitchen. I knew it would be easy because there would be nothing sentimental to deal with, and I could recognize what items were used regularly vs. what was simply cluttering our cabinet space.
I knew the cabinets were full, but I really had no idea how MUCH had accumulated in a short span of time (four years). I donated or sold over 600 kitchen items, keeping only what we used on a regular basis. No “what if I need this…”, or “I spent x amount on this, I can’t get rid of it.”. In the process of cleaning out our unused or unwanted items, I realized I could release the guilt I had over certain things. That I didn’t have to keep something because I spent a lot on it or because it was a gift. If it didn’t get used, it wasn’t serving its purpose anyway. In donating/selling those items, they were given the opportunity to bring joy to others!
Now that the kitchen has been fully decluttered, it is so much easier to keep clean and tidy. I love spending time in there preparing meals or enjoying a cup (or three) of coffee! The picture below was actually taken about 10 minutes after a breakfast play date with three other moms and their toddlers. See? The amazing benefits of minimizing and decluttering!
Whether a counter top, junk basket, or catch all drawer, where are you going to begin?