It's spring cleaning season—time to lose the non-essential items that are cluttering your counter.
It's that time of year again—and while you might groan when you think of "spring cleaning," it's a necessary evil that comes with the changing seasons. When you look at your kitchen, how many items are still in the original box (think: wedding presents)? In the newest episode of "Things Cooks Know," Real Simple executive editor Sarah Humphreys asks RealSimple.com food editor Sarah Karnasiewicz which items she should ditch when assessing kitchen clutter. Here are a few surprising items you don't need anymore:
1. Your toaster: Yes, your toaster. It takes up space and it's entirely possible to make toast in a pan.
2. Multiple knives: While you might love your knife block, and all of the fancy knives, you only need three: a quality medium-sized chef's knife, a paring knife, and a serrated bread knife (which you can use to slice more than just bread).
3. Mixing bowls: That set of 15 nested bowls isn't doing much—especially the teeny-tiny one that's 5-inches wide. Instead, Karnasiewicz suggests investing in one large mixing bowl that will handle all of your cooking and baking needs.
For more ways to de-clutter your kitchen, sneaky items that are incredible multitaskers, and the items both Humphreys and Karnasiewicz couldn't live without, listen to the full episode below, and be sure to subscribe on iTunes.