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5 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen Before You Move
It’s easier to declutter and eliminate unnecessary stuff before you make your Minneapolis, MN, household move. That way, you have fewer boxes to unpack and less chaos when you arrive at your new home.
You may feel overwhelmed when packing your kitchen. But, even if you’re moving to a similar-sized kitchen, you can’t guarantee everything will fit.
Here are five ways to downsize your kitchen without removing what you need most.
1. Set Goals for Decluttering
The first thing you want to do is identify some goals for downsizing. You probably have a sense of the things you need to thin out. Making a rough inventory of your kitchen supplies will help.
If space is an issue, focus on restricting the number of small appliances or large cooking tools. On the other hand, if organization is the more significant concern, you should spend more time sorting through your smaller tools.
2. Sort Out Items With Damage
In any downsizing endeavor, starting by eliminating the things you don’t want is more manageable. Items that have significant wear or damage should go first.
It’s all right to keep something you love, even if it doesn’t look new. On the other hand, you don’t have to keep something that doesn’t work very well just because you can cope with it. Discarding or replacing it is better once you know your storage options better.
3. Rank Small Appliances
If you’re like many people, you have a collection of small appliances. Some of them get used all the time. Others sit in the cupboard or take up valuable space on the countertop.
List your small appliances, and rank them from highest to lowest priority. If you’re unsure, write down the last time you used each.
Appliances you use at least once a week should go to your new home. Those that get infrequent use, or none at all, are easier to eliminate.
4. Make a Maybe Pile
When you start progressing with your kitchen sorting, you may accumulate items you don’t know if you want to keep. So making a maybe pile for these tools is a good idea.
If you don’t need them in the immediate future, consider putting them in a box. Label the boxes clearly, so you know what’s in them.
After you move, revisit the items in the box. Then, you might be in a better position to make a final decision.
5. Avoid Packing Pantry Staples
If you have a lot of food in your pantry, trying to bring it with you is tempting. This isn’t practical for several reasons. Movers usually won’t accept food items, and moving your pantry may cost more than replacing it.
Instead of packing up your pantry staples, make a plan to use them. Set aside time for meal planning, and try to use pantry items in every meal.
In the last week or two before the move, throw away anything beyond its expiration date. Everything else could go to a local food bank or Move for Hunger.
Moving Done Right
Downsizing your kitchen is an effective way to create a fresh start in your new home. For more tips on planning your upcoming move, contact us today. We can help with the packing and the moving.