3 Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Clutter-Free, According to the Afrominimalist
Organizing expert Christine Platt has a unique take on living with less. “I live a minimalist lifestyle influenced by the African diaspora,” she says, explaining how racism and oppression can impact buying habits. “Minimalism taught me how to live with intention and authenticity.”
She describes her approach to minimalism as Afrominimalism, and has written a whole book on the subject. “I really wanted people to have a better understanding of the practice of minimalism, the psychology of ownership, and why it’s often so hard for us to let go of things that no longer serve us,” she explains, adding that sometimes the most difficult part is just figuring out where to start.
That’s why we asked Platt to share her best tips for managing clutter in the kitchen. Here’s what she had to say.
1. Curate with intention.
The key to keeping things organized is to curate with intention. “I’m not just decorating my home for this season’s capsule — I am curating items I need, use, and love so much that I’m willing to make space for them in my home,” says Platt.
“Resist the temptation of keeping every takeout container and forgo buying every coordinated piece and accessory for the items you already own,” she advises. “And always, always choose authenticity over aesthetics. You are not trying to mirror someone else’s life — you are curating your own!”
2. Wrangle paper clutter.
Paper clutter can quickly turn into high-rise stacks on kitchen counters and dinner tables, especially if you have children. First samples of a child’s wobbly writing, first homework assignments, and first artistic gems —“Everything seems worthy of saving!” Platt says.
Her solution is to ask herself: “Do I need, use, and love this enough to make space for it to be on display in my life? Because if something is that sentimental and important to you, it should be seen and celebrated!” Platt suggests picking your absolute favorites and framing them to hang around the house. The other items can be scanned or photographed. That way, if for some reason, you want to hold a physical copy again, you can easily print it.
3. Donate thoughtfully.
Once you’ve decided what you’ll keep and what you’ll give away, Platt suggests donating whatever you can. It takes a little bit of research to consider who would benefit most from your treasures, but it’s well worth the effort. “Someone will gladly take these items off your hands — just make sure it’s someone who will actually need, use, and love them!”
How do you manage the clutter in your own kitchen? Tell us your tips in the comments below.