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How to Declutter and Organize the Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering

This guide to decluttering is sure to help you get your house in order fast! Keep reading!

Organization in the kitchen is important. It’s even more important when your entire home is 400 square feet, like in an RV. But the lessons that I’ve learned from cooking and organizing in an RV kitchen can be used in any kitchen!

Like any area of the house, the first key to organizing the kitchen is to purge any items that you don’t use, don’t work, or have duplicates of. You want only those tools and food staples that you will actually use.

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Since my kitchen is so small, I purge it at least twice a year. During the purging process, I toss expired foods and items I haven’t used since the last purge.

I also constantly look for ways to improve the flow of the kitchen – how do I use it? Would it make sense to store certain items in different locations? For example, the large stock pot is used only occasionally. It doesn’t need to use valuable space in the cabinet over the sink and can be stored further away from the main cooking area.

I prefer to use clear bins for storing items in the pantry or cabinets. It may not look as minimalist as darker or solid bins, but you’ll keep things organized longer – you don’t have to pull out the clear bins to see what is inside them!

With limited storage areas, people organizing an RV kitchen have to get creative. One way is to take advantage of vertical storage – K-cups are light-weight and easy to store on the back of a cabinet door. Spice bottles are another thing that can easily be stored on the back side of a cabinet door, yet remain easily accessible while cooking.

I also look for things that are multi-use, collapsible, or nest. For example, a popular one is a colander/strainer, that collapses for easy storage. Nesting bowls (with lids!) are great and allow for early food prep before a tailgate party. One of my favorite gadgets has been my kitchen scissors that are also a screwdriver and a bottle opener.

In an RV kitchen, we are also concerned about weight (because the miles per gallon is already really bad) and whether it will break. Silicone products have been awesome for these reasons, but also because they are easy to store and don’t rattle while you are driving. You can roll up silicone mats or stuff the muffin tins in places that a metal tin just won’t go.

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Learn how to declutter and organize your house effortlessly!Kimberly from the RV Tailgate Life owns a 37 foot Class A RV, a 2017 Tiffin 34PA. This is her second RV. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and travels all around in her RV, mostly to Georgia Tech football games.

 

 

 


Decluttering In the Bedroom

We had six kids in ten years, and we re-used clothing.  Closets were small, so seasonal clothes had to be stored.  

Out of Size and Out of Season clothing.  Use storage containers – moisture and mouse proof! For storage under beds,  purchase long containers that fit under beds, preferably those with wheels. For storage in an out-building or attic, use hefty containers that can be stacked and easily transported.

Finding What is Stored.  Label containers by numbers or by letters, and not by content. It’s easier for someone to look for Box J than “boys clothing size 6-12 months”. 

Master Key. Make a master key of containers and contents. Using letters is easier than making new labels at each season change or crossing out words on a container and writing the latest content.

Storage Locations. For multiple storage locations, include where containers are stored (i.e., the attic, the garage, under-the-eaves, etc.) It’s better to group them together: A-E in the attic, F-J in the garage, etc.

My kids are grown and gone, but I still use this method for storing seasonal and nostalgic items. 

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Decluttering and Storing Decorations

We own 75 Christmas houses because of hubby. 😉  The bottom of each house and it box is numbered with a bold marker. Numbers 1-20 (blue boxes) go to the living room. Numbers 21-40 (red boxes) go to the dining room. Numbers 41-60 are miscellaneous for bedrooms and hallways. When it’s time to pack up the boxes, we look at numbers instead of pictures of houses on the boxes.

For seasonal decorations, use this method: Valentine containers  labeled #14; Christmas, #25. St. Patrick’s, #17. Income Tax? #15. When I sent my kids to the attic for Christmas decorations, they knew to bring down everything with the number 25 on it (stored in the same section, but this kept boxes from being missed).

The key, of course, is not to lose your Master Key! Store it on your computer; make copies and put one in your files. Post it inside the doors or closets where containers are kept. If you know the costumes you want are in a certain spot, just go to that room and look at the Master Key inside the door.

Storing by numbers or letters is a win-win for everyone!

Learn how to declutter your home from top to bottom with these easy decluttering tips!Gert is a wife, mom of six kids, foster mom, nurse, and writer. She’s had over two dozen foster kids in her home. She loves her husband Dave, cream cheese, and potatoes!.

She blogs about Food, Family, and Faith at My Window Sill.

 

 

 


Decluttering Kid’s Bedrooms

Decluttering kids’ bedrooms can be a real struggle. Kids like to keep EVERYTHING! I can’t begin to tell you how many random rocks, leaves, papers and so on are laying around my son’s room. It seems like all of it means something to him too.

Because kids tend to be packrats, it’s important for them to learn how to declutter their stuff. It would be easy for you to declutter
things but you need to fight the urge to purge without them! Decluttering is a skill they need to learn just like any other. They
will get better with practice.

Here are My Top Decluttering with Kids Techniques:

Gather supplies like trash bags for garbage and boxes to hold donations or items to sale. Have questions ready that will
help your kids decide what they really want to keep.

  • Is the item broken?
  • Does it still fit?
  • Do you have a similar item so you don’t need both?
  • When was the last time you played with it?
  • Is there someone who needs this that would use it more?

Declutter in sections. I like to start the decluttering process with easier items first. Start with all obvious trash. Then I move on to art supplies, clothes, books, and lastly toys. Your kids might need a different order so feel free to change it up.

Kids, like adults, get better at decluttering as they go along so by the time they get to the trickier items they will be better at knowing what should stay and what should go.

Kids don’t have the same attention span as adults so break up decluttering into mini sessions. Don’t feel like you have to do
everything in one day. Pick a category or two a day. I tend to do trash and art supplies on one day because I know a lot of things are being tossed. I do clothes the next day and so on.

It’s ok to keep sentimental items like a favorite shirt, stuffy, or toy. Special items that are no longer needed can go in
a box for storage. Just one box for ever. Not one box every time they declutter. Don’t let kids get carried
away. One box is enough so if the box fills up they’ll need to get rid of something before adding a new item.

Praise as you go. Make sure you are encouraging your child for the decisions they are making. Point out the progress they’ve
made.

Declutter every six months to a year. Get into the habit of decluttering. Don’t wait until the room is out of control. That
will make it seem like an impossible task. Remember, the more your kids declutter, the better they’ll get.

I like to declutter in the summer and again, right before Christmas. The kids are home from school in the summer so it gives you plenty of time to go through things. Kids will be getting new things for Christmas so they need to make room for them. It’s also a great time to teach kids about donating to others who might not have as much as them.

I hope these tips help you teach your child about decluttering so they can learn the process for
themselves.

Wanna know how to declutter your entire house? Check out this ultimate guide to decluttering your home! Kim blogs with her sisters over at We Three Shanes. She loves eating, cooking, and DIY projects. She is currently on a journey to eat a more plant based diet, use more natural products in the home, and get rid of everything that is cluttering her house!

 

 

 


Bathroom Decluttering Tips

The bathroom can easily become one of the worst clutter hot spots in the house. With under the sink storage, a lot of it tends to be hidden away, therefore out of sight and out of mind.

What many of us don’t realize is that most of the items we do have hidden in our bathroom storage areas end up well past their ideal use date. Cosmetics, skincare, hair care products – they all get to a point where they are better off tossed out than kept.

The best way to declutter your bathroom is to start by removing everything from your cupboards and drawers. If you have several different spaces, you may want to do them one at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Once you do this, go through and discard anything old that you no longer use or that may need replacing. As a general rule of thumb, cosmetics such as mascara only have a shelf life of around 6 months, due to regular contact with your eye area. Whereas, foundation will last up to two years.

After discarding and downsizing your bathroom items, clean all the surfaces down while they are empty.

Get some baskets or containers that you can use to organize your bathroom storage areas and put everything you are keeping back in a tidy manner. This way it will stay neat and you will find everything easier too.

Learn how to declutter your entire home from top to bottom!Holly, from Simplify Create Inspire is a mum of two girls, on a journey to simplify her household. She shares ideas, inspiration and processes to help others to simplify, save, create and build a life that they love.

 

 

 


How to Declutter Your Craft Stash

I used to be that craft hoarder (I still am). I love up-cycled crafts. I love seeing the “new in the old”. And because of that, I ended up with a house full of CRAFTY STUFF. And stuff is overwhelming. Stuff serves no purpose, as you lose sight of what you have, and everything that used to be useful, becomes useless.

As you either can’t find it or forget that you have it. My job is to craft, my kids love crafting. And a few years ago, it got to a point, where the stash needed to get under control. Order is important in order to create value. My top tips for organizing and managing your craft stash are as follows and it is something you HAVE To do at least annually.

How to Declutter Containers or Drawers

The first most obvious tip is: containers for every type of craft material – the IKEA cubes are brilliant for this, and I know many crafters organize their crafts in this way. It’s essential that you have one area of your home, with neat containers to organize your materials.

How to Handle the Kids’ Crafts

The kids get their own stash, that they can rummage in whenever they want. However, you’ll ant to limit it to one craft box, you can always top it up. Don’t let them rummage in the other craft materials, as invariably they will get messed up and it becomes harder to find stuff.

How to Decluttered Recycled Materials

Sort through your recycled materials regularly – e.g. if the denim pile is growing, don’t keep adding denim, but donate the extra to local schools or clubs that can use them. If they can’t take, either add it to the fabric up-cycling stash to go to charity OR challenge yourself to use the stash within the month.

If it isn’t used, it goes. That applies to any other up-cycled material you may be hoarding. If it is up-cyclables that you regularly get hold of – e.g. a tin can or a toilet paper roll, never store these. They quickly pile up otherwise and clutter your home.

Have an Annual Clear Out Session

On an annual basis – go through ALL of your materials and reduce them. E.g. do you have 200 pipe cleaners? Keep 50 and give the rest away. Do you have stickers that you haven’t used in two years?

Give them ALL away.. etc. You have to be strict.  Have paints dried up? Are brushes getting old? It may be boring to do this annual, but this is one way to get order into your stash. Summer is a good time, as the days are longer and there is usually more time. The kids can use up any odds and ends that appear and any packs can be created to donate to school.

Make Gift Packs to Reduce Your Supplies

Around birthdays or Christmas, I also like to put together gift packs for the kids’ friends or family. It is another way to reduce what you have, whilst creating value for someone else. If you suddenly notice that you have three balls of red yarn, ask yourself if you need them all?

No? Give one away and make a nice basic gift pack for someone. 

Beware of New Purchases

Avoid them! Don’t impulse buy. Only but craft materials that you KNOW you need. So in our house, I buy one acrylic color at a time, rather than getting carried away with all the pretty colors available. This applies to fabric (buy fabric for specific projects, not in general), paper, kids’ craft materials, stickers, beads etc as well. Only top up when you really need it!

Keeping your craft stash in order, may take a little effort, but it is totally worth it and you will benefit more from you have in this way!

Wondering how to get rid of unnecessary clutter? Check out this post on how to declutter your house from top to bottom! Maggy is the author of Red Ted Art and has written two kids crafts book. You can find them here!

 

 

 

 


 

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