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Cooking this summer can leave your kitchen cluttered and unorganized. In this guide, we compiled our top four rules that you should follow to help keep your kitchen and its appliances clean and organized in your home. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get organizing!
Rule 1: Determine Which Appliances You Need to Keep
When you first start decluttering your home, you should group your appliances into three main groups:
- rarely used,
- commonly used,
- never used.
Especially if you have limited space in your kitchen, it can help you free up more room for more necessary items. Focus on appliances that have multiple uses. For example, a rice cooker is not really necessary when you can cook rice perfectly in a regular stock pot. However, if you eat rice frequently, a rice cooker might have a place in your kitchen. Unless you use a single-use appliance very often, you should get rid of it.
Rule 2: Try to Repair Any Broken Appliances
Do you have any broken appliances taking up space in your kitchen? Before you head straight to the garbage, try fixing up these appliances first, especially if you know you used them a lot. There are a few ways that you can go about repairing your appliances. You can either try to fix them yourself, hire a professional, or speak to the manufacturer.
For example, if your ice maker is not working, first you should check the instruction manual or look up troubleshooting tips for ice machines. This way, you can try to fix the appliance yourself. If you cannot, consider contacting the manufacturer. They may be able to help you determine the root of the problem and send you any parts that you may need. Any warranty or guarantee on your appliance may come in handy as well. If none of this works and you still want to keep your appliance, think about hiring a professional to fix your appliance for you.
By focusing on salvaging and repairing what you can, you can cut down on waste and prevent any unnecessary costs.
Rule 3: Determine Which Appliances Need to Go
This is perhaps the easiest decluttering step. If you do not use an appliance, do not need it, or were unable to repair it, it has no place in your kitchen. It does not matter how much you would like to use it. If you are not currently using it, get rid of it. Consider all of the appliances you were gifted for housewarming parties or weddings that you have never used or even taken out of the box. These are the appliances that you should ditch.
If you are having trouble parting with your appliances, consider keeping them for a short amount of time. Try making a commitment to keep and use them for a month. If you change your lifestyle and use the appliance frequently, then keep it. If you still do not use it, get rid of it.
So, what should you do with appliances once you decide to get rid of them?
· Recycle, Donate, or Sell Them
If you have unused or lightly used appliances, you can easily donate them, give them to a friend, or sell them online. Any appliance that is broken beyond repair should be recycled. Check with your city to determine the correct way to recycle electrical appliances.
· Put Them into Storage
If there are any appliances you cannot bring yourself to part with or you use them infrequently, consider putting them in storage. Put them in your basement or consider renting a storage unit. This method is ideal for any appliances that you use three or four times a year. This could be your food processor, slow cooker, ice maker, or other appliances.
Rule 4: Organize the Appliances You Still Have
Although there is no one way to organize and store your appliances, the best way to do this is to develop an organization plan that you can stick to every day. This plan can depend on what you cook, where you want your appliances to be located, and ideally, the size of your kitchen in general.
Now that you have your organization plan to help regulate the appliances you still have, pay attention to these three rules of thumb to keep your kitchen organized:
- Place your most commonly used appliances on your lower shelves for easier access
- Place appliances you rarely use on your higher shelves
- Keep your pantry, fridge, and appliances as functional as possible
Living in a cluttered home, primarily a cluttered kitchen, can affect your daily life. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you could better improve the organization of your kitchen and it’s appliances. After all, a clean home is a healthy home after all.