When I teach people to declutter their home, I always recommend they start in the kitchen.
The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. We go there at least twice a day. And if you have kids, admit it, they’re in there all the time! In the fridge… In the food cabinet… Wanting to cook with you… Or just standing there (talking incessantly) while they watch you work… It’s the heart of the home.
If your kitchen counters are clear and your sink is empty, the kitchen becomes an inviting place to be; the thought of preparing food is no longer daunting.
It will also be easier to keep up with a routine for efficient daily maintenance. Last but not least, when your kitchen is in order it sets the tone for the rest of the house. Once you get your kitchen pared down to just what you need, it will feel so good and you will have the motivation to do the same thing in your entire home.
The first step to take before you can really let go of the majority of the clutter, you need to come face-to-face with your fantasy self:
Many times we collect things and own things because we have a life we want to portray. I call it a fantasy life. For example: Someone may not be good at cooking, entertaining or decorating, but at the same time that person really wants to be like Martha Stewart. So they have fancy dinner party décor… even though they never host a dinner party. Their cupboards contain a variety of tart pans and a full cake decorating kit… but it never gets used. Their fantasy life and real life don’t line up. Let’s be real, accept who we are, what our talents are and let go of the fantasy life we think we’re supposed to have.
Different people have different talents, which makes our world a wonderful place. Embrace yours and let go of the desire to be someone different than you are. Doing so will help you release all the items that you felt you should have, but don’t actually compliment who you are.
Setting yourself up for successful decluttering can be easy. One small focused action every day creates a ripple effect, which will eventually lead to a complete change in you entire home. From clutter on all the counters to open clear surfaces in every room. It is possible, and you can accomplish it!
Which is why I recently published a full kitchen workbook on Amazon: 30 Days To A Clean And Organized Kitchen. Inside 30 Days To A Clean And Organized Kitchen I walk you through shifting your mindset, changing the little voice inside your head, understanding how the past has affected your home, setting up goals and finding motivation to see you through the 30 days of action.
Each day, you only need to focus on one area.
The idea isn’t just to take a weekend and knock all the tasks out so you have a gleaming beautiful kitchen. It’s building a rhythm of routines and decluttering, which is what is going to carry you through your entire home. Taking it slow and steady, implementing morning and evening routines (fully outlined with checklists) is what is going to bring you decluttering success.
Aside from taking time to sort through the mental barriers that tend to hold us back when decluttering, 30 Days To A Clean And Organized Kitchen will walk you through decluttering each area of your kitchen in easy daily tasks:
Day 1: Trash
Day 2: Dishes
Day 3: Papers
Day 4: Kitchen Sink
Day 5: Windows
Day 6: Counters
Day 7: Junk Drawer
Day 8: Under the Sink
Day 9: Pots & Pans
Day 10: Baking Sheets/Oven Cookware
Day 11: Food Storage Containers
Day 12: Dishes & Silverware
Day 13: Kitchen Floor
Day 14: Spices
Day 15: Large Kitchen Equipment
Day 16: Pantry
Day 17: Mixing & Measuring Tools
Day 18: Linens
Day 19: Gadgets & Utensils
Day 20: Serving Dishes
Day 21: Cleaning Supplies
Day 22: Kitchen Décor
Day 23: Drinking Glasses
Day 24: Coffee Mugs & Tea Cups
Day 25: Good China
Day 26: Cookbooks
Day 27: Fridge
Day 28: Freezer
Day 29: Cabinets & Cupboards
Day 30: Table Décor