Oh friends… I cleaned out my shameful cupboard recently. It was bad, really bad. I forgot to take a before photo but here is a photo of the cupboard empty and here is a photo of all the stuff on our dining room table and kitchen bench.
Pretty overwhelming, huh?
Knowing that this cupboard was in a bad state was causing me stress over Christmas, New Year’s and whilst we were away in Mollymook. I wanted to tackle it between Christmas and New Year’s but got sick and didn’t have the energy.
One Saturday night I emptied the cupboard out so that I would have to deal with it on the Sunday. I don’t mind one or two meals away from the table, but I wouldn’t have liked too many more than that so doing this would force me to deal with it.
As with all of us, the end of the year gets hectic. Christmas presents were purchased and placed in here for wrapping. School items were placed in here waiting to be sorted/discarded/filing. Linen was used/washed and chucked in here, not put away properly. The list goes on and on.
Funny story. Whilst we were away my brother and his family were over for a BBQ and a swim. They needed a plastic bag, knew that I stored them in this cupboard, went to grab one and were in shock when they saw the state of the cupboard. Yep, it was bad! Lol!
So, step one: Place like with like. I gathered all the appliances I was storing in this cupboard and placed them together. All our esky’s and food storage together. All linen together. All art supplies together. All party items together etc.
Step two: Now that you have like with like you can see how many items you have within the one category. We had too many esky bags and picnic sets. They’ve seen us from when we were just two and to now that there is four. We decided to get rid of the two person sets, cooler bags that were too small etc. I did this for each category that I store in here.
Step three: Think about what you want the space to do for you. As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a garage or linen closet so all our miscellaneous items get stored in this cupboard. I want to be able to open this cupboard and find exactly what I want, when I need it easily and be able to return the item easily.
Step four: Start putting everything back.
On the floor – I store our table linens, spare cushions for extra seating when we are entertaining a crowd, green bags for the supermarket, some plastic bags and my tools and DIY project items.
Shelf 1: – Party items, Gemma (dog) food/items, spare photo frames, sewing kit and sewing machine.
Shelf 2: Art/craft items and baking supplies, miscellaneous items.
Shelf 3: Wine, water, napkins and surplus toilet paper and paper towel (we buy these two items in bulk from Costco).
Shelf 4: Board games and picnic items.
Shelf 5: An “office in a box” for each kid with an “in”tray for each kid for me to place items for sorting/culling/filing.
On the sides of the cupboard we store our spare shopping bags, herbs/spices, art supplies, gift bags and large lanterns which will go outside when we do up our pool area.
And the final picture:
Look, it’s not perfect but it is decluttered. It is organised. I have maintained it easily over the past month. Everything is easily accessible.
Another item to note.
Since commencing the KonMari method we have let so many items go and as a result of this, these containers are currently not required in our home.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it!
So, do you have a disaster cupboard that needs looking at? Does it cause you stress? Tell me – maybe I can give you some tips!