Throw Away These Kitchen Accessories Right Now!
If you’re thinking it’s a good time to deep clean your kitchen, it’s also a good time to reassess your kitchen accessories. Time to throw away the items that you no longer use, are worn, and outdated and merely saturate the heart of your home.
We can pretty much guarantee that when you follow this process, you’ll discover accessories that you long forgot you had. This is even more proof that you don’t need them and it’s time to get rid.
Our advice applies to all kitchens, especially small ones where we need to optimize every inch of space!
The kitchen accessories you should throw away now
From The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo we learned the importance of getting rid of what we no longer need. Of course, it’s also important to remember that we don’t need to contribute to landfill! Recycling, donating, or giving things away is good practice and quite liberating.
When you own something that you know you’re not going to use, let it go. Practice gratitude for the joy that the item gave you and banish it from your life. It sounds crazy, but try it and see!
Ready to discover the items you should immediately throw away? Let’s get started!
1. Say goodbye to old (and especially lidless) food containers
Surely there’s a world where all the lids to our plastic containers go! They seem to simply disappear and leave us with redundant containers. Unless you have another use for these lidless food containers, throw them away. Take them to your local recycling center and free up space.
You’ll have to organize surviving containers in the most functional way possible. We advise stacking them according to their size, one inside the other. Alternatively, you can buy a large chest or storage box to keep them neat and close to hand.
2. Check your cutlery
As with plastic food containers, cutlery often disappears without explanation too! This is the reason why we end up buying more and more, and out of nowhere we suddenly find we’ve accumulated lots of spoons, knives, and forks with different designs.
You may even have disposable cutlery, expensive cutlery, or special cutlery for certain occasions. Either way, you should separate them into categories and store them away for when you need them.
3. Throw away worn pots and pans
Over time, pots and pans naturally wear out, so don’t be afraid to throw them away when their time has come. Get into the habit of checking these items when you clean your kitchen.
Equally, pots and pans that are damaged, broken, or in poor condition should also be thrown.
4. Throw away burnt or damaged cloths and mitts
We all have plenty of cloths, towels, and oven-proof mitts lying around. Equally, we’re all guilty of not throwing away burnt, old or damaged cloths and mitts. It’s time to get rid! These things generate noise, and visual clutter and take up space.
We all go to the store and end up buying certain foods or food products with every intention of using them, but never getting around to it.
Moreover, we also collect food gifts that others have given to us at Christmas or on a special occasion. Regardless of how they arrived in your cupboard, these items quickly expire.
If you have foodstuff that’s expired, throw it straight in the trash!
6. Glass jars
Glass jars are useful for organizing the pantry.There are so many ways we can recycle glass jars and the crafts we read about often motivate us to save them. However, if you don’t have time to do these crafts and you have a bunch of glass jars, throw them away.
Another option is using them to store grains, nuts, jams, or dried fruits. Of course, before you do this, make sure your glass jars are in good condition, with airtight lids, and discard any that are stained or chipped.
What kitchen accessories will you throw away?
We’ve uncovered kitchen accessories that no longer serve any purpose and that you should throw away. But we think you’ll have more! Thoroughly clear out your cupboards and don’t be afraid to throw out what you don’t need and won’t use.
At the end of the process, the room will feel lighter, brighter, and far more organized. You’ll also have room to enjoy your kitchen to its full potential.