Kitchens are crammed enough as it is, without pointless things that you have no use for adding to the problem.
A cluttered kitchen can actually have a negative impact on your mental health, according to Life Hacker, ‘physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively.’ So if you want a clear mind and a clear home, it’s time to say your goodbyes and get rid of the useless items in your kitchen, that really have no reason to be there in the first place.
- Expresso Machine/Coffee Maker
You have a kettle, a jar of coffee beans and enough tea bags to last you through till next winter, you definitely do not need a coffee maker or its over-energized cousin. If you just can’t bear the thought of throwing it away then a storage service such as Alligator Storage will keep it safe in one of their facilities, along with all the other items that take up too much space in your kitchen.
Toasters are old fashioned and let’s face it, they’re a bit of an eye sore. Your toaster has probably spent the majority of its long life on the counter, where it is ignored each morning in favour for a steaming hot cup of tea and a fresh cherry scone. You can easily toast your bread in the grill so why not free up some precious counter space?
Dishwashers take up a lot of space, electricity and they can often be very loud, which is annoying when you’re trying to have a conversation with someone but the dishwasher seems to have something more important to say.
A kitchen is for cooking, eating, and the occasional glass of red wine but definitely, under no circumstances, should your kitchen have a television (unless its conjoined with your living room, in that case we can let it slide).
- ‘Special Occasion Cutlery’
There’s the regular plates and cups that you use every day and then there are the sacred special occasion batch that only the Queen is allowed to touch. If you’re never going to use those expensive glasses then why give them so much space?
- Unnecessary ‘Makers’
According to Huffington Post, the most common ‘space hoggers’ in a kitchen tend to be items that have the word ‘maker’ in their title. These include a popcorn maker, doughnut maker, quesadilla maker and pizza maker.
- Pots and Pans
You really don’t need so many pots and pans in your kitchen. Keep one of each size but get rid of the rest. They are big, bulky and they take up way too much room. As soon as they are gone you will immediately feel lifted.
- Countertop Decorations
If you take a moment and glance around the kitchen you may notice a few pieces of décor that you have no or little use for. Ditch them and you just may be able to consider re-homing that old coffee maker.
- Big Table, Little Kitchen
A small kitchen should really have a small table. Putting in a large table with too many chairs will take up additional space that you cannot afford to lose.
- Neglected Food
Cupboards are often packed with food that nobody in the house wants to eat. If it has been in the back of the cupboard for over a year, throw it out. Common finds are tinned pears, spices and the dreaded tub of Marmite.
So get started today, clear out that cutter and make your time in the kitchen a more pleasurable experience.