How many small appliances do you have? One? Two? Ten?
I have a lot:
- Crock pot
- Breadmaker (I actually use it regularly.)
- Breakfast sandwich maker (My husband actually uses it regularly, and it keeps me from making breakfast at the crack of dawn.)
- Coffee and spice grinder
- Stand mixer (with multiple attachments)
- Hand mixer
- Food processor
- Food saver
- Waffle iron
- Ice cream maker
Yes, that’s more than ten. And I donated my toaster oven and chopper before our most recent move!
Frankly, I’ve never felt that bad about how many small appliances I have because my mom has a blender in a box from her wedding in the 1970’s and a breadmaker from the 1990’s that she has used about five times. But I digress.
Fortunately, I have plenty of cabinets in my kitchen to store some of the small appliances I use less often so they aren’t crowding my counters. But given we are likely getting ready to move and Thanksgiving is next week and I’m cleaning out my kitchen, I decided to go through those appliances and get rid of what I could.
Honestly, I found the decluttering liberating. So join me! Declutter, clean, and organize your small appliances!
What To Do
Put all of your small appliances on your dining table or your counter. Go through each, thinking about whether you have actually used the item in the last year.
If you haven’t, consider donating or gifting it to someone else, especially if your storage space is limited.
If you intend to keep it, clean it thoroughly (no lies here–I had to pull out the Brillo pads for a few items including my crock pot!), and find a home for it. (Note: I don’t recommend Brillo pads unless you know the appliance won’t get scratched.)
If you use an appliance every day–a coffeemaker, for example–feel free to store it on your counter to save yourself time and energy. But consider storing items you use less than once a week in a cabinet or pantry. And if you don’t have room for all of the small appliances you still have, consider revisiting whether you should keep them all.
If you have any small appliances that no longer work or have frayed electrical cords, recycle them. Replace them if you use them, obviously.
One more thing: I suggest storing your attachments either with the appliance or in a storage container–or even in the original box–with your other stored small appliances. As an example, since my food processor is in the cabinet, most of my food processor attachments are stored inside its bowl. In contrast, my stand mixer, which is used often, is on my counter, and its attachments (my meat grinder, for example) are in their original boxes in the cabinet.
I donated my fryer and my electric waffle iron. They are both hard to keep clean, and I figured I can use my stock pot and a cast iron waffle iron in their place and that those would be significantly less difficult to clean. (I added the cast iron waffle iron to my Christmas list!) I rarely use either anyway. In fact, I’ve used neither since we moved into this house. Also, I’m likely going to sell my KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment since my Hamilton Beach ice cream maker works so much better than it does.
How ‘Bout You?
What about you? Did you keep all your small appliances, or did you donate some? Let me hear from you in the comments!