Kitchen Purge 2019: Are You Ready?

Kitchen Purge 2019: Are You Ready?

December 29, 2018 Off By practicalperfection

Let’s start 2019 by getting your kitchen cleaned out and organized!

If you’re anything like me, you spend a large number of your waking hours in the kitchen. It’s a busy room. It’s a room that is constantly in process, things are being washed, dried, cooked, microwaved, thawed, etc. For this reason, I would argue that good organization in your kitchen is important; it is very frustrating to be trying to cook a meal and not have the utensils you need, or to not have available counter space.

First, we’ll purge. We won’t even bother organizing until you’re done cleaning out. With that in mind, let’s talk about some general guidelines and supplies you’ll need

WHAT YOU NEED: Before you start your purge, you should have a couple things on hand. You need a donation container of some sort. I usually just use grocery or garbage bags, but you’ll probably also want a box of some sort since you’ll probably be getting rid of some breakable things. You’ll also want to have some newspaper, tissue paper, or grocery bags to lightly wrap breakable things so you don’t end up with a mess in your box.

SET A REPLACEMENT LIMIT: Right now, before you’re sitting on the fence, struggling to make a decision about a specific item, you should set a replacement limit, an amount of money you don’t mind spending to replace an item you regret donating. This is a guideline that should help you make a difficult decision. This saves you a lot of time and frustration. For example, you might be trying to decide if you are going to use the dried beans you haven’t used in two years. If you went with a $10 replacement limit, then you can safely ditch the beans. Some people choose a $5 limit, others choose $50. I would like to point out that only once, with all that I’ve gotten rid of, have I regretted donating a specific item. I once donated a large, old quilt, forgetting that we used it for picnics and lining the car trunk if we were carrying something dirty. Other than that, I have forgotten the items I donated.

KNOW YOURSELF:  If you are someone who will clean out 20 items, then put 10 back, you’re not going to get anywhere. Not only will you spend a lot of time cleaning out things you’ve cleaned out in the past, but you’re also building the habit of constantly second-guessing your decisions. There are a couple ways you could handle this. Ask a spouse, friend, etc. if they would come and pick up your donations for you. Explain that you really need some accountability. You could also move each item straight to your car’s trunk as you clean out.

PACE YOURSELF: When you start a new project it’s really easy to jump right in, spend 8 hours on it the first day, burn yourself out, and quit. I have divided this kitchen purge into days, although you might also choose to complete the week in one or two sessions, depending on your schedule. I would caution you not to start organizing until you have finished cleaning out. Just put everything back where you had it for now. It’s very frustrating and time-consuming to organize around things that you’re not going to keep.

IF YOU REALLY GET STUCK… Contact me! I’d love to help. Email at or call me at 928-699-6482.

Ready to Purge? Week 1:

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