Welcome back to day 4 of “The Clutter Free Kitchen’ mini course.
Today let’s have a look at some of the reasons we find ourselves in a situation where decluttering is necessary.
There is a ton of misinformation out there about decluttering! As you have been searching the internet or speaking with friends and family about kitchen clutter, you have probably come across a lot of it.
Let’s take a look at some of these myths and misconceptions and debunk them once and for all.
Myth #1: I don’t have time to declutter
So far in this course have I asked you to do anything that has taken longer than 15-20 minutes? No, not really. Sometimes you may have had to break a task up into a couple of smaller steps, for example if your counter tops were a disaster area or your plastics actually filled up three cupboards. But the idea that you have to spend a whole day or even a number of hours decluttering your kitchen all in one go is completely untrue.
All you need is to find 15 minutes per day to get you started.
Often it’s not really that we are time poor, it’s that we can’t find the motivation to begin. You can make it an enjoyable experience by grabbing a glass of wine or putting on some of your favourite music. You may find you have such a good time you don’t want to stop.
Myth #2: I don’t have the money to make over my kitchen
Don’t let anyone tell you that you need to spend money to declutter and organise your kitchen. Of course you can if you choose to but it’s not necessary at all. Decluttering the kitchen and giving it a complete make-over are two very different things.
We are making our kitchen company ready whether the cabinets are old or the layout is less than perfect. We are not trying to create a new kitchen, simply make the best use of the one we happen to have. All it will cost is a little bit of your time. Get yourself a timer, set it to 15 minutes and get stuck into the next zone that needs decluttering.
Myth #3: There’s no point in tidying up because someone will just mess it up again
I completely understand this frustration. I have a house full of teenagers who are constantly going to the fridge or pantry looking for something to eat and subsequently leaving a mess behind them. Don’t think of this as a problem, think of it as a learning opportunity. Here is a chance to teach them some responsibility and what it means to be a contributing member of the family.
You don’t need to complain or argue, simply state what you expect them to do and ask them to come and do it. This will be significantly easier to do if the only mess is clearly the one they have just created. If you have your own messes lying around, then trying to get them to clean up theirs will be an argument waiting to happen. Lead by example and the changes will occur. They may be slow but they will happen.
Remember that you need to be part of the solution, not someone who is contributing to the problem. Just begin and see how far the momentum takes you.
Myth # 4: My kitchen is too old, it will never look nice
It’s very easy to be frustrated about the things we don’t have. Just because your kitchen might be old doesn’t mean it can’t be neat and tidy.
We are so very good at delaying gratification in our lives: We think “I will be happy when I’m on vacation, I’ll make time for myself when the children are older, I’ll declutter my kitchen when we can afford new cabinets”. No, there is no reason to delay any of these things. Work with what you have and make your life enjoyable now, not some time in the future.
Think of it as a little gift to yourself. Give yourself a clean and tidy kitchen whether it is tired and weary or sparkling new and feel the difference for yourself.
Myth #5: My husband/wife won’t help me
Yes, this is a very real frustration for many. Often something one person feels very strongly about will hardly even be a blip on the other person’s radar. However, that is no reason not to do it. Who are you really decluttering your kitchen for? Your husband? Your wife? The visitors? If you are completely honest it’s for none of these people. You are decluttering it for yourself.
You are decluttering it because having the clutter there makes you feel stressed, embarrassed, overwhelmed. Take this opportunity to do something for yourself. Once you begin, your enthusiasm might just rub off and they could become your strongest advocate. You will never know until you try.
Day Four Action Task:
Now’s the time to have a good think and identify which of these myth has been holding you back from achieving that neat and tidy kitchen you want so much.
a) Favourite glass of wine?
b) Favourite music?
c) Race against the timer challenge?
d) Something else entirely?
Find the motivation that works for you, then go ahead and get stuck right in. You will feel so much better once you do.
2) Put items back where they belong straight away.
3) Complete the 5 second scan each night before you go to bed.
Be sure to check back tomorrow to receive the next lesson in “The Clutter Free Kitchen’ mini course: Hacking the dishes and bonus section: Beating procrastination: What to do when you don’t feel like doing any of it.
Catch you tomorrow.