Hello Friends and welcome back for another week of decluttering. If you have been joining along for the past few weeks, you know that I have joined a group of talented bloggers (listed below) in this journey of “sparking joy”. We have read through the book by Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. We split the series up into categories and this week were left to choose a category on our own.
Anderson & Grant
Making it in the Mountains
Dwelling in Happiness
Cupcakes & Crinoline
Lost in the Found
The Happy Housie
(These are the “before” pictures prior to decluttering. I was inspired a few years ago to make this baking station cupboard from Everyday Occasions. Over time it has lost the tidyness it started with).
In Kondo’s book, she suggests decluttering in the very same way as recommended with clothes, papers, shoes, accessories, etc… I feel as though I have found the rythym to this type of organizing and it is getting easier. I am drawn to what I want to keep and pull that out. The rest is given away or discarded.
(These are all pictures of “after” decluttering)
For the kitchen I focussed on the utensils, dishes, gadgets, glasses and bakeware. It was wonderful to clear up space and make room. I removed old dishtowels that were taking up too much space, gave away mismatched silverware and donated tools that didn’t work for my needs.
My favorite piece of advice when it came to the kitchen was the thoughts behind using the counters for storage. I am guilty of this and have kept the pepper, olive oil, and more out so that they were in close range when cooking. With new counters I couldn’t find a more appropriate time to stop using them as storage. Each of the listed items found a new place in the cupboards.
Like the other weeks I have participated in this series, I am discovering each week a helpful step in decluttering our home. I plan to continue on the journey and am looking forward to the rewards of a more tidy home. I appreciate you joining along and hope you will check out some of the expereiences shared by my friends below. Have a great week!
It looks amazing! I worked through my kitchen this week too and it’s made SUCH a huge difference to our daily lives! We spend so much time in our kitchen, it feels so nice to not have to dig through messy drawers to find what I need and to have everything looking tidy! You’re kitchen is gorgeous and now you’ll have the chance to really enjoy it!
Kristi thanks so much and isn’t it so true – what a difference to have these spaces organized. I have loved the process! Have a wonderful week~
sharon / tpt says
oh dishclothes! those little buggers! i mean we buy them in the first place only for the color design and materiallove, –so they are hard to with. Slowly they become the dirty worn #2’s, and then after that I only ban them so far as to my rag pile. I might have the chic’est rag pile for miles!
Sharon, I know I have hung onto so many and when I did this I realized there was really no need for it! Ha! Thanks for stopping by~
sharon / tpt says
…dishcloths… …material love… …..hard to part with…
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Collette Osuna says
I love a clean & organized kitchen! I did mine at the start of Summer……what a HUGE difference!
Thanks so much Collette! It is such a great feeling once it is done! Have a great day~
H. Johns says
Hello – Love the simplicity/classic look of your kitchen…. I read the book by Marie Kondo and appreciate the posts on tidying to keep me motivated. Can you tell me about your flatware?… looking to replace the one I’ve had for 23 years and have some in mind but thought I’d ask what you have because it looks similar 😉
Thank you so much! I will see what I can figure out and get back to you soon. They were a wedding gift and have been wonderful for the past 10 plus years!
I believe they are Leroy and Boch – at least that is what I found on the handle! Thanks!
Jamie | anderson + grant says
Oh, wow, I’m inspired! Your cupboards look exactly like I dream of mine looking….The only problem is that I live with my mom and she doesn’t exactly share that vision 🙂
Thank you Jamie! I hope they stay this way after our series =). Hope you had a good week!