I was pondering what topic to touch on for our last blog of 2017. There are so many habits, tips, and tricks that I became overwhelmed by which one to choose. Being overwhelmed actually ended up inspiring me. What if we start the New Year by eliminating things that overwhelm us and inject energy and motivation into our lives? Doesn’t that sound intriguing? If so, keep reading I have a simple challenge to start off 2018 that will brighten up your kitchen and energize your motivation.
Whether we admit it to ourselves or not we know that having a cluttered kitchen, fridge, drawers, and extras on the counter, clutter our minds and clogs our motivation. It makes the kitchen a place we don’t want to go. Our kitchen becomes a subconscious reminder of just one more thing to add to the to-do list. One day I’ll clean out that fridge, freezer or drawer. If you want to be energized and motivated for your New Year, let’s start by freeing up our space to allow new energy to flow in. Clean the clutter and find yourself loving your kitchen. What a great way to attack 2018.
Here is what to do. You need 30 days and the commitment to let go. Are you ready?
- Day 1: Get rid of one thing. It could be an old bottle in the fridge that you haven’t used in 2 years.
- Day 2: Get rid of two things. Open your pantry and pick two items that are out of date or can’s you know you’re never going to open.
- Day 3: Get rid of three things. Open that junk drawer and find 3 things you’ve thrown in there never to retrieve again.
- Day 4: Get rid of four things.
- Repeat until you hit day 30!
- Bonus if you grab a buddy. Everything is more fun with a friend. You can add fun banter about all the things you’re getting rid of and keep each other on track. (no trading things)
Now it starts to get tricky as the days pile up. Don’t feel stressed about making it the entire 30 days, even a week will free up some space in your kitchen. But I’d like you to challenge yourself to go 2 days longer then you want to. Imagine an open, clean, clutter-free kitchen. One that invites you in each morning. Drawers that only contain the things you use and cupboards that close easily with a little extra space. Now that’s a kitchen you want to walk into and start your morning or weekend prep in.
When stuck, ask yourself do I use this? Does it make my life easier? Have I used it in the last 6 months or year? Or is it taking up valuable space and weighing me down?
Have fun with this little challenge. I recommend you do it with a friend and document it for fun. Let us know how it goes. If you are like my husband and me who just moved into a new house and don’t have that many things to get rid of in the kitchen, expand it to your entire house. My husband and I have decided to both do it over the next 30 days, that’s almost 1000 items that will be removed in the next 30 days. 2018 we’re ready for you!