Week #4 of the De-Clutter Your Home challenge is upon us.
This week it’s time to de-clutter a cabinet in our home. Any cabinet is fine!
Here are some cabinets you may wish to de-clutter this week:
- Medicine Cabinet
- Spice Cabinet
- Under The Kitchen Sink
- Under The Bathroom Sink
- Pots & Pans
Think about one cabinet in your home that needs to be de-cluttered the most and start with that. The reason I suggest this is because it is much easier to start de-cluttering other cabinets in your home when the absolute worst one is already finished.
Step 1: Remove and clean.
Have separate piles or boxes for the following categories: donate/sell, move elsewhere and keep. You may also need a trash can handy.
When everything has been removed from the cabinet, give the area a thorough cleaning. Wipe the walls, the cabinet door(s) and handle(s), the shelves. Don’t forget to wipe the top and bottom of the cabinet as well, if possible.
Step 2: Create a plan.
If you just shove everything back inside, thinking “I’ll organize it later”, odds are that you won’t remember or have the time to do it later. You have the time NOW, so do it now.
When you de-clutter and organize areas in your home, it’s best to get things completed as soon as possible so that the process doesn’t drag on and on and completely exhaust you.
Some questions you may want to ask yourself when you are creating your plan:
Under The Bathroom Sink: Do I want baskets? If so, how many and what size? Do I need to keep towels in here or can I keep them in the linen closet? Should my medicines stay here, or would they be better kept in one of the kitchen cabinets?
Pots & Pans: Do I want to invest in a hanging pot rack to save space in here? Where would I put it? Can I keep my baking sheets and muffin tins in the stove drawer instead of in here?
Step 3: Purchase needed supplies.
If you are purchasing baskets, dividers or other organizing supplies, be sure to measure the cabinet before you go shopping.
Don’t purchase anything until you have measured the space, otherwise you may end up buying an item that does not fit (resulting in frustration and another trip to the store).
If you don’t need to purchase any organizing supplies, you can move on to step #4.
Step 4: Put your plan into action.
Start putting everything back inside the cabinet, according to the plan that you laid out in step #2.
If you have created a very detailed plan, this process should not take you very long.
When you have finished de-cluttering your cabinet, remember to keep it up. Take an extra second or two to put things back where they belong when you are returning them after use.
show other family members the new, organized space and encourage them to keep it up as well.
Having an organized and clutter free cabinet will make the items inside so much easier to find when you are looking for them.
Next week I am going to show everyone how I did with de-cluttering one of the cabinets in our home, and will post the next de-cluttering challenge.
If you de-clutter a cabinet this week, please post in the comments and let everyone know which cabinet you chose and how you did!
More from this series:
- De-Clutter Your Toys (Challenge Complete)
- De-Clutter Your Books (Challenge Complete)
- De-Clutter Your Recipes (Challenge Complete)
- De-Clutter A Cabinet (Challenge Complete)
- De-Clutter Your Coupons (Challenge Complete)
- De-Clutter Your Email