Over time, we tend to accumulate too many things in the kitchen. Many items we keep are never used. When cookware becomes soiled with age, it is sometimes best to part ways. Especially when the poor quality affects your cooking. If you have unusable items like old, dented square cake pans and burnt cookie sheets lying around, you may be overdue for a cleaning.
The first thing to go are old pots and pans. Many of these items are just too inferior to the standards of today. Many older pots were made very thin. Unless you go camping a lot, you might as well let go of those thin sauce pans. Also, lose those too thin round cake pans. There are much better bake ware products available.
Old Teflon should be thrown into the trash with force! There is no reason to keep these damaged, food burning eyesores. Cooking with old, surface chipped Teflon will ruin any meal. You might as well throw away any thing that is rusty or burnt. This include utensils and bake ware.
Another tip to eliminate kitchen clutter is to dump anything made from old plastic. Plastic is not the most durable material, and as time passes, plastic can deteriorate. Often, plastic can become hard and brittle before it eventually breaks apart. Certain plastics can transfer off incredibly bad odors to your cooking. It can easily ruin an otherwise good meal. This can especially happen when you are cooking over a stove top.
Hold on a second! Just because you are organizing the kitchen does not mean you need to throw everything away! Did you know that those old pyrex nesting bowls could fetch you a nice price? Put those aside. You can use the money to put towards that new loft bed you want. Other vintage items like cookie cutters should go in the same pile.
This does not mean you need to keep those chipped coffee cups. Those mugs must visit the trash unless you need tiny planters for houseplants. You can also throw in those scratched and faded tumblers. Do you really drink from them? As for the various water glasses that do not match, and the cheap souvenir glasses from that once-upon-a-time cruise you had, they can go to the good will. Get rid of those electronic gadgets that do not work.
And stop with the jar and can collecting. You probably have more than you need. Take the things you do not use out of the kitchen and store them in a closet or attic if you want to keep them.