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Friday, October 25, 2013

Day 25: Small Appliances {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering small appliances.  Do you have cupboards full of appliances you rarely use?  Or maybe even never use?  Maybe they are things you think you should use, but in real life you don't actually use them. 

These small appliances take up valuable space in our kitchens and contribute to the overwhelming feeling of a cluttered home.  If you remove some of the appliances from your kitchen, you could spread out some other items and end up feeling less cluttered when you open your cabinets.  You could even move things off your counters and into cabinets so there's less visual clutter when you walk into the kitchen.

If less clutter sounds good to you, consider which of your small appliances you can declutter today!

Easy Decluttering Steps


Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}



Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!


Purging Tips for Small Appliances


Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your small appliances:

  • Gather all the small appliances from around your home (don't forget those you're storing in the basement, garage, attic, etc.)
  • Throw away any that don't work or are missing important parts
  • Donate, give away or sell any that you have not used in the past year {you'll be able to tell them by the layer of dust on them :) }
  • Declutter duplicate items {e.g. a grilled cheese sandwich maker and a panini press}
  • Consider keeping appliances that perform multiple functions and purge the ones that are redundant {this is especially important for those of you who spend a lot of time cooking and baking - you probably use most of your small appliances regularly and may not feel you have any to declutter, but maybe some can still be purged if you have others that can perform the same functions}
  • Donate, give away or sell any appliances that you don't use very often and that you can borrow from someone when you do need it

It's completely your choice what you keep and what you purge.  These guidelines may sound harsh, but living a less cluttered life means choosing to live in the present rather than in the past.  It means being realistic about who we are now and not who we think we want to be or feel we should be.

If you don't enjoy baking bread, why keep a breadmaker?  If you don't use your electric carving knife because you don't cook turkey or roast beef (or you just use a regular knife), why let it take up space in your cabinets?

You may be saying, "but I paid a lot of money for that!" or "it was a wedding gift!".  That may be true, but it doesn't change the fact that you're not using it.  You won't get that money back by keeping it (you may even make a bit of money if you're able to sell it).  So let it go.  The person who gave you that appliance gave it to you as a gift.  Not an anchor to weigh you down.  Set it free.  You'll be glad you did.

So take 10-15 minutes today deciding what small appliances you can part with.  And then enjoy the peace of less cluttered cabinets.

Pictures and Links to Inspire You


Here are some more tips on decluttering small appliances and storing the ones you keep.

  • Great decluttering tips in this article as well as tips for storing the small appliances you keep
About.com

  • Hers'a a creative way one woman took to decide if she should declutter her small appliances

Moving Mavins

  • For those appliances you do keep and use regularly, you can keep them on your counters but still out of sight by installing appliance garages.  Here are a couple of examples:
Kitchen Building

BHG


*Please pin from the original source if you choose to pin these pictures.  If you want to pin this post please use the button at the top.


If You're On A Roll...


You can reorganize the small appliances you've decided to keep to get more of them off your counters.  Or reorganize some of your kitchen cabinets now that you've created more room. 

Or you can take on decluttering another area of your kitchen. 


Visit my Kitchen Organizing board for more ideas on organizing your kitchens to combat the clutter.




You can find more decluttering tips and lots of motivation and inspiration for decluttering on my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board.




For DIY organizing ideas, take a peek at my DIY Organizers board




For cleaning tips, you'll find a bunch on my Cleaning & Cleaning Supplies board




Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

Update:  I haven't been seeing many photos shared lately so I'm wondering if there's enough interest to have a link party.  Please comment on whether you have posts you'll link up or start sharing your pictures so I can decide. If there's not enough interest I will share some of the pictures I've seen so far on the last day instead.

How many small appliances did you declutter today?  How do you organize your kitchen to help keep it clutter free? 


Happy organizing decluttering!



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