How To Cut The Clutter In Your Kitchen
For some reason, the kitchen is the “catch-all” in every home. Bags, bills, and unusual utensils litter your cabinets and countertops. It can be hard to cook and function in a kitchen that is littered with things you don’t use (or need). Use these techniques to cut the clutter in your kitchen.
Throw out what you don’t need.
Be honest, how many “junk drawers” do you have in your kitchen? You know the drawer I’m talking about. The drawer that collects all the stuff you might need later but never do. An easy way to clean up a cluttered kitchen is to get rid of things you don’t need. That oddly shaped spoon you haven’t used in years, toss it! After throwing out the items you don’t need, you’ll have more storage space for the things you do.
Find a place for your big items.
Big items take up space. Space you might need for things such as meal prep and cooking. Take a look at the big appliances you have on your countertops. Do they NEED to be there? If not, find a space for them in a cabinet, closet, or your pantry. You can bring them out when you need them without sacrificing counter space when you don’t.
Clear the countertops.
Don’t just look at the big items when clearing your countertops. Think about the small items such as knives, spoons, and bowls that have a permanent spot on your counters. You can switch your knife block out for a magnetic strip that goes on the back of your cabinet doors. This will free up space on the counter, and the knives are still easily accessible. Hang baskets from the walls or cabinets for your fruit and vegetables.
Organize the space.
Staying organized is a simple way to cut down on the clutter in your kitchen. Give each item a place in your cabinets, pantry, or counter areas. Make sure they stay in those spaces when not in use. Clutter happens when you toss utensils and appliances in places they don’t belong. Over time, the “stuff” just piles up. Like that junk drawer you can barely open.
Get creative with storage.
Storage in a kitchen can be hard to find. Especially if you have a small kitchen. Get creative with where and how you store your items that aren’t being used. Is there space between your cabinets and the ceiling? If so, put your cookbooks, bowls, and other large items that you rarely use up there. Do you have a small space between your refrigerator and cabinets? Create a mini door and use that to store plastic bags, tinfoil, pans, etc.
Clean it up.
If your kitchen is always dirty, it will still have that cluttered look. Take time each day to put things back where they belong and wipe off the countertops. Don’t let your sink become a pile of dirty dishes. Try to clean things up in the evenings before you go to bed. You’ll wake up to a clean, clutter-free kitchen.
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