Keeping your kitchen clean is no easy task! Every time you head in there to whip up a meal or to pig out on a midnight snack, you’re creating some kind of a mess. But, it’s not just little crumbs, bits of food and stains that make a kitchen look dirty… There’s also all of the clutter that we accumulate in there!
Most of use grew up with the value of “waste not, want not” instilled in us. While this is definitely a wise value to hold to, it can create some real problems when it comes to keeping a kitchen neat and tidy. That’s why we thought it would be good to take a look at kitchen clutter, highlighting 20 things that you can throw away in your kitchen right now.
To be sure, you might not have all of these things in your kitchen. But your certain to have some of them… And there’s absolutely no reason for them to be in there! So, grab a trash bag, open it up, sit down, and the read through this list. Here are 20 things you can throw away in your kitchen today!
1. Takeout Menus
You have a smartphone upon which you can pull up any menu at a moments notice, right? Then why are you hanging onto those printed-out menus?
2. The Cereal Dregs
Take a look at your collection of cereal. How many of those boxes contain just a bit of cereal at the bottom of the bag… Are you going to eat that?
3. Plastic Bags
If you’re like many, you’ve probably got a plethora of plastic bags hanging out underneath the sink. Do you really need them?
4. Old Spices
Overtime, spices cease to have much flavor. Give your spice rack a taste test, and get rid of the ones that are past their prime.
5. Old Staples
Do the same for stables like salt, sugar, flour and the like. Anything that’s past its expiration date belongs in the trash.
6. That Dirty Kitchen Sponge
Sponges aren’t meant to see weeks and weeks of use. Get in the habit of changing your sponge out every week.
7. Worn Out Pots, Pans and Trays
Somewhere in the back of your cabinets is a pot, pan or tray that hasn’t been used in years because it looks terrible. Time to say goodbye!
8. Condiment Packages
Do you have a drawer in which you shove all the condiment packages that come with your delivery orders? Are you really ever going to use them?
9. Delivery Napkins
If you’ve got a drawer of condiment packages, then you’ve got a cache of restaurant napkins lying around too. Time for them to go!
10. Plastic Cutlery
Oh, and while you’re at it, why not rid yourself of all those little bags of plastic cutlery too…
11. Back of the Refrigerator Leftovers
What strange no-man’s land lies in the back of your refrigerator? Get back there and get rid of that stuff!
12. Old Salsa
You buy the salsa, use about half of the container, and then put the rest in the refrigerator. Months later, that now expired salsa is still there.
13. Old Oils
Take all of your oils and set them on the counter. Check the expiration dates. Get rid of whatever is past its prime.
14. Coffee Mugs
How many coffee mugs do you really need? Pick the ones that you can’t live without and donate the rest to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
15. Souvenir Cups
It was fun to get these while you were on vacation, but how often are you using them nowadays? Almost never is probably the answer.
16. Lidless Tupperware
A piece of Tupperware without a lid is entirely useless, as is a lid for which there’s no Tupperware.
17. Junk Flatware
Check your flatware organizer and check for forks, spoons and knives that don’t belong…
18. Frozen Food Bonanza
Open your freezer, and take a look at what’s inside. How long have you had that bag of frozen spinach? How about those frozen berries?
19. Gadgets and Gizmos
Got some kitchen gadgets and gizmos that you never ever use? Maybe it’s time to donate those to Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
20. Expired Coupons
There’s probably a drawer in your kitchen that has coupons in it. Most of those coupons are probably expired. Throw them away!