Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen Cupboards

Spring is here!  A great time to get all your closets, storage areas, kitchen and bathrooms decluttered and organized so you can head outside in the nice weather. 

Often this time of year we talk about going through your closets, but this year I am going to talk about the kitchen.  I find it is one room that gets neglected, but is normally the most used room. 

Do you live in fear of something falling on your head

 when you open your cupboards?

 Do you find yourself having to take out half the shelf and stuffing everything back in every single time you need something?

When was the last time you pulled everything out of your kitchen cupboards to see what you really have?


  1. Pull out all your dry goods. Those that expired, throw out; those that are good, but you will never use; take to the food bank.  Spices have different shelf life, if unsure, pale in colour or poor aroma likely means old and should be discarded.
  2. Pull out all your cooking utensils, graters, knives etc, group them according to wood spoons, spatulas, knives etc.   Those items you don’t use, or don’t like to use, move them on to someone that will. 
  3. Small appliances – broken? get rid of. Never use it? move on to donation. Seldom used, but want to keep? Consider storing in a cupboard that is harder to access. Try to keep all the frequently used small appliances together.  A good rule of thumb – counter tops are for preparing food, not storage. 
  4. Lastly, cookware.  Do you need 6 or 7 frying pans?  Do you need multiple sets of pots? Could you narrow it down? Maybe weed out the ones that have loose handles, signs of rust or the non-stick coating is starting to peel. 
  5. Other useful items – small storage bins, drawer organizers, grip liner for drawers, glass or Tupperware to store dry goods. If a cupboard has wasted height space, think about adding another shelf or getting those removable shelf stands. 

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