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If you were to walk past my fridge a few months ago, you might have missed it. You may be thinking “Kati, it’s a fridge. You can’t miss it!” Just hear me out for a second. You see I used to be what you call a paper hoarder.

My fridge was full of coupons from the mail, essential school notices, my meal plan, calendar, invitations, and a scrap piece of paper with nothing on it with the sole purpose of testing pens. This was my fridge. It was so full of papers that you couldn’t even see the color of the fridge!

All of a sudden one day I woke up to find my kitchen covered in paper, not literally but figuratively. It made my kitchen look cluttered, and it was starting to get a little out of hand. This was my wake up call, and why I finally decided to go paper-free in my kitchen. If you want to go paper-free in your kitchen but are feeling a little uneasy, let me show you how I did it.

Why Go Paperless?

I don’t have an entirely paperless kitchen. We still use paper towels and napkins, and we even have a few cookbooks that are not digitized yet. However, by significantly reducing the amount of paper in our kitchen, we have made it easier to clean and made our kitchen more functional. I no longer need to flip through my recipe binder to find what I’m making for dinner, and I don’t have to shuffle through old manuals to get to my blender.

I Took Everything Off The Fridge

The easiest place to start is the fridge! Just removing the papers from this space alone will make your kitchen look less cluttered! First take everything down from your fridge, including the magnets. Once you have everything off of your fridge, start going through the papers. Organize your papers into piles based on type. After you have them organized, it’s time to find a right place to store them.

If you have a wedding invitation put it in your calendar and get rid of the paper (unless you need it for attendance), sign your kid’s permission slip and put it in their bookbag, and throw away those takeout menus. If you need the number for China Dragon, you can look it up on your phone before you call.

Make Your Recipes Digital

Want to know the most frustrating part about having papers in your kitchen? Spilling food on them! I have had the pleasure of throwing out more than half of my recipes because I spilled food on them while cooking. Having your recipes digital will not only free up kitchen space for you, but it will also help keep food off of your recipes!

There are so many ways you can digitize your recipes, but here are two of my favorites. The first is by organizing them on Pinterest. I have a separate board for each of my categories, and when I want to cook something, I look up the recipe. The second is with files on my computer. This helps make it easy to keep recipes organized without having to worry about losing them if a blog shuts down or the link is broken.

Instruction Manuals

I don’t know about you, but after I’ve used an appliance a few times, I discard the instruction manual! There are some instruction manuals we’ve held onto for years, and never looked at. When something breaks, rather than dig out the instruction manual, we usually look it up online!

Round up all of the instruction manuals from your kitchen right now; you may be surprised to learn just how many you have. Now do a quick search on your computer for ____ product instruction manual. For more than half if not all of your instruction manuals, I bet you will be able to find the exact one sitting on your counter. If you want, bookmark that page, so you don’t have to look for it again, and throw out the manual.

It is possible to have a paper-free kitchen without losing your mind! If you follow these tips, you can create a sanctuary in your kitchen, and help keep it clutter free!

YOUR TURN: What’s on your fridge? Is it cluttered? Let me know in the comments below!

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