Day 5 - Baking Equipment {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 5 - Baking Equipment {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Day 5 - Baking Equipment {Net Zero Decluttering Challenge}




Have you ever felt overwhelmed during the month of December with all the stuff that enters your home? The trick I've found helps me is to declutter throughout the month. Will you join me in the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge?

Each day this month I'll share some decluttering tips and ideas so you can end the month with the same number of items in your home (or maybe even less!) than what you started the month with.

Today I'm sharing tips on decluttering your baking equipment.


Today's Suggested Decluttering Task


You've decluttered your baking ingredients and now the next step is to declutter your baking pans, mixing bowls, cookie sheets, baking utensils, etc.

Some of you already tackled this when you did your ingredients so you can go ahead and declutter anything else that you think will help you feel less overwhelmed this month :)

Decluttering your baking tools and equipment will help simplify things when you do all your holiday baking.  No more rummaging through your pots and pans cupboard or utensil drawer to find what you need!

Here are a few tips to help you declutter your baking equipment:

  • Let go of items that you have multiples of.  How many measuring spoons, spatulas or cookie sheets do you really need?
  • Give away anything you haven't used in over a year.  If you haven't used it in that amount of time you probably never will
  • Think about which mixing bowls you use the most and donate the ones you don't use as often
  • Declutter gadgets that only serve one purpose... especially if you can use something else to do something similar


For more tips, check out this post:


And if you'd like to see how I organize my baking equipment, you can see pictures in these posts:



Decluttering My Baking Equipment


I have an overflow area in my basement for kitchen items that we don't use very often.  Keeping them in the basement helps keep my kitchen less cluttered on a day-to-day basis, which is good.  But, I tend to forget about some of the things down there, which is bad.  

Anyway, I just went down to see if I could declutter anything from my overflow cupboard and to refresh my memory of what was down there :)  I decided to let go of a few baking pans:




I have another glass 9x13 pan that has a lid and I use it most of the time when I need a glass baking pan since I can cover it afterwards.

We only used the mini muffin pans a few times and found it too hard to spray the pans well enough to get the muffins out easily.  We make muffin tops a lot of times using a muffin top pan like this instead and we love it!  These mini muffin pans have been in the basement for a few years now so I think it's time to let them go.




I'm also donating these 4 silicone baking pans.  We were given these as gifts and used them a few times but we have other pans we use most of the time and these just never broke their way in.  I do use the silicone loaf pan when I bake bread, but I'm ready to let these 4 go.  {Looks like they need a dusting before I donate them... that should tell me how long it's been since we've used them!}


My Progress in the #NetZeroClutter challenge


I finally got into my Christmas bins and decluttered some of my Christmas decorations today. 



These 12 items are all either duplicates or things we haven't used for a few years.  I also had to recycle a box that my Bath & Body Works candy cane foaming soap was stored in because it leaked :(


So that puts me at -20 items today in the #NetZeroClutter challenge and -30 overall.  Nothing new has entered our home in the last few days, but I'm working ahead since I know we'll be getting a LOT of new stuff coming in for Christmas.


What's Next For You?


Take some time today to declutter your baking equipment. Or anything you'd like to declutter!  Take some pictures and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #NetZeroClutter.  Let me know how you're doing in the challenge so I can cheer you on!

Sign up to receive my blog posts by email so you get each day's post in your email inbox every morning.  You can unsubscribe after the challenge is over if you don't want to continue receiving my blog posts by email.






I'd also love for you to join our 365 Items in 365 Days Facebook group as you do this challenge!  You'll be able to share with others what you're decluttering and feel encouraged and inspired by everyone else who is also decluttering!

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.



So that's the Net Zero Decluttering Challenge!  I'm so excited to do this myself and to have you join me.  I can't wait to hear all the stories of how much more you're enjoying your holidays because you're not overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home!

What baking equipment did you declutter?  How are you doing in the #NetZeroClutter challenge so far?


Happy organizing decluttering!



I link up at these great parties - Check them out!

Here are all the posts in this challenge in case you missed any or want to share some with your friends or family!





8 comments:

  1. Great idea Hilda, we always think about baking supplies this time of year but never the stuff we use to bake them.

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    1. Yes it's good to think about baking from all angles isn't it Jill?!

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  2. These challenges are fun... once you get started, it can motivate you to move throughout the house and do more!

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    1. Exactly Seana! Getting started is always the hardest part though :)

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  3. I love the name of your challenge! I just wrote a blog post, "Give Yourself the Gift of Zero." We are definitely on the same page this holiday, Hilda!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I read your post and actually what your wrote, and what I saw a few places online about a Net Zero weight challenge for December really got me thinking... and inspired me to start this challenge :) Happy clutter-free holiday Sarah!

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  4. Today I'm taking out some cookie sheets and giving them to the grands for painting projects. 2 less pans in the pantry!

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    1. That's a great way to declutter Jeannie! Way to go :)

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