Spring Clean Your Cabinets
Does it look like a hurricane blew threw your kitchen cabinets and had its way with your canned goods? If so, take heart. Spices strewn about, open boxes of crackers shoved in dark corners and multiple pots piled high can all be things of the past.
To give your kitchen cabinets a new lease on life, try these tips from those who know -- they're adapted from the de-cluttering experts at 1-800-Got-Junk.
Tell the truth
Denial is not just a river in Egypt. Just how bad is your kitchen cabinet situation? Ask yourself the following questions. The more times you answer yes, the more you need a kitchen cabinet cleanse.
Admit it, you feel better now that you've told the truth, don't you?
Make a promise
Once you've realized that you really do need a kitchen cabinet overhaul and have committed yourself to the goal, set a specific date for completion.
Instead of bearing the burden of cleaning every cabinet in one fell swoop, however, try tackling one or two cabinets a day. To keep yourself accountable, create reminders like a note on the refrigerator or an alarm in your email calendar to keep you on task.
See it to believe it
You may not realize just how much old, expired, unused items you have until you take everything out of the cabinet for a good once-over. By grouping similar items into a pile, it's easy to see where you have duplicates or outdated items. Once your stuff has seen the light of day, follow these tips:
Begin at the beginning
Begin by clearing out a high-traffic cupboard you use every day that has become a hotbed of clutter and junk. By getting this high-priority problem out of the way first, you'll generate the momentum needed to move through the rest at a lightning pace.
Create space for clutter
"You need to accept that a certain amount of chaos and clutter is normal," says Nicolas Soergel, author of the book Happy About an Extra Hour Every Day. To create some space for kitchen clutter but keep it from creeping out of control, Soergel says:
Once you have your kitchen cabinets under control, you never know -- maybe you'll finally be ready to organize the bathroom cabinets!