Today kicks off the Let It Go October challenge. If you want to join to participate in the giveaways and see daily motivation follow the Instagram page @mindfulmissmason. You can also print the calendar to stay focused and know what is coming ahead. For the month of October I will be sending out the weekly newsletter on Monday. This will feature tips and tricks for each section we will be decluttering. Be sure to sign up to receive the weekly email. Forward this email to a friend that may be interested in participating in the Let It Go challenge!
When I decided to really dive into owning less and living simple, I started in the kitchen and here are my reasons why:
1. In the kitchen, it is easy to know what you use and don't because you cook so frequently (or infrequently).
2. It is easy to count what you have and what you need based on the last few months of entertaining.
3. Having a decluttered kitchen helps you make healthier eating choices.
4. Learning the thought process regarding what to keep and not seemed less emotional and difficult with appliances/utensils/food than with clothing and personal items. (Note: If you are a chef starting in the kitchen may be more difficult for you. Or if you have sentimental dishes this may be harder, but not impossible...stick with it. See the paragraph below the photo to help ask yourself some questions.)
5. I found useful places to donate items and it felt good to know it was going to someone who really needed it rather than sitting in my cupboard, which then motivated me for other areas in my home.
6. A clean, cluttered free kitchen benefits the entire family and helps to get them on board for future areas you want to clean out.
Here is the plan of attack for the kitchen area this week:
Day 1: mugs, cups, glasses
Thoughts to consider: How many people are in my home to use these compared to how many I actually own? Which ones are our favorite? How many will I need when I entertain? Why do I have plastic cups? When did I last use these? Are these useful to my family or shoved into the cupboard? Is the last one in the back collecting dust or is it ever used?
Day 2: plates, bowls, dishes
How many people are in my home to use these compared to how many I actually own? How many people need these when I entertain? How frequently do I use the extras? Would another material other than plastic be better for my family? Could I keep an "entertaining" amount in another area or cupboard? Would I need to keep some sizes for my growing family?
Day 3: cooking utensils, pots & pans
What is broken, chipped or needs to be replaced? What utensils are rarely used....could another more frequently used one do the same job? What pots are flaking off their coating? How many pots do I actually use? How many baking pans do I actually use? How many variety of sizes do I need for each?
Day 4: the pantry
Why do I need extra of something? When will this get eaten? Why does having extra food feel comforting? Will I cook or eat this in 2018? Could I use containers to help with keeping bags from falling over? How could I make this space more user friendly and clean? Is there an area of food designated for "entertaining" so I always have it on hand?
Day 5: the fridge & freezer
Why do I need extra of something? When will this get eaten? Why does having extra food feel comforting? Will I cook or eat this in 2018? How could I make this space more user friendly and clean? Does anything have a past expiration date?
Day 6: catch up day
Take time today to finish up any section you did not complete earlier in the week. Make notes if there are any items that need to be replaced. Check out the Salvation Army or Goodwill if you need a "new to you" item. I have found many great dishes there rather than using plastic for my kids. And because they were less than $1, it was ok if they broke. You could create a Christmas or wish list for items that you deemed for the trash (fancy spatula or new cookies sheets). If you were able to stay on track and have momentum to keep going...declutter your silverware drawer!
Stay tuned next week for tackling the kids clothes! If you don't have kids, no worries, you can still participate; simply use the list to do your own clothes by sections.
Thanks for participating in the Let It Go challenge! I can't wait to see photos, comments and ideas from you all on Instagram.
Mindful Miss Mason