Use the One In, One Out Rule for Kitchen Gadgets

Use the One In, One Out Rule for Kitchen Gadgets

If you are like me, you have probably experienced kitchen gadget overload at some point.  With so many timesaving gadgets and accessories, it is all too easy to get more than we can store or manage.  The utensil drawer is a great example.  You really don’t need half a dozen stirring spoons – you don’t have that many hands!  A great way to avoid kitchen gadget buildup is to use a one in, one out rule.

For each new kitchen item you bring into your home, donate or otherwise get rid of another.  This is usually pretty easy to do, because there always seems to be one or two items in the drawer that do not get used.

For example, if you purchase a new food processor, get rid of that sandwich griller you used once or twice and let sit.  If you don’t use it more than a couple of times per year, chances are good that you can do without it completely.

Even though many modern kitchen gadgets and appliances can save us time in making food, they often do not amount to a great overall savings.  Consider the time spent washing, maintaining and storing that item.  Unless you get a lot of use out of it, you are probably devoting too much kitchen and head space in taking care of it.

Getting rid of one item for every new item you get will keep your kitchen organized and easy to use, and that is the ultimate time saver.