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4 Things In Your Kitchen You Need To Get Rid Of Today

Throw these away before clutter starts to build up!

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The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of the home—it's where we prep meals, get ready for parties, and even leave messages for other members of the family. Sometimes, since we often go in and out of our cooking corners, we tend to take it for granted and delay the task of decluttering it regularly. Take the task of tidying one of the most important rooms of the house head on by getting rid of these key items first: 

1. Really old and barely-used cookbooks 

If you've owned it for over a year but haven't made a single recipe out of it or if the spine is about to give way, it's time to consider donating these copies to someone who can use them.

RL Tip: Do you have a few treasured pages you can't seem to part with? Consider copying them and having them bound together. That way, you'll only have one book filled with recipes you already know by heart.

2. Ratty kitchen towels 

Aside from sponges, towels are the most contaminated items in the kitchen. Ideally, we have separate pieces for different things (i.e., washing and drying dishes, prepping ingredients)—especially if you are fond of preparing meals with chicken and meat, as these contain a lot of live bacteria. If you have been using a common towel to do all the chores, it's time to toss it in the bin for brand new pieces. 

3. Novelty coffee mugs 

Whether we admit it or not, mugs are our go-to gift when we don't know what to get someone, so it is inevitable that we receive a lot of it as well. Avoid getting sentimental over quirky sayings and set aside everything that needs to be given away. 

4. Spare knives 

A lot of homeowners are guilty of keeping spare cutlery, planning to have them sharpened sooner or later. However, most of us never get to it, so we end up with more things to find storage for. Chances are, you rarely use more than a paring knife, a serrated knife, and a chef's knife so it's best to stick to the basics and let go of everything else. 

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