Tackling Your Kitchen Clutter

Anyone who has a home knows that keeping your kitchen clean is a chore. It serves as the heart of the home where most family members spend most of their time. Chances are it’s used for more than eating purposes, so to keep it under control fro backpacks, books, mail, etc. these three simple steps should help you manage the monster.

Countertops

The biggest surface in the house is the countertops, and they serve as the best drop zone for everyone. When you go to cook you often have to maneuver around things, and reorganize your countertops. So a good way to eliminate this hassle is to establish a “clutter free” zone. This is a place reserved for food prep only.

You can always have another spot as the clutter zone, but you should clear it once-a-week. The key to being clutter free isn’t what you put up on the counter; it’s how often you clear it off.

Take notice of which kitchen tools and utensils you use regularly, and irregularly. Find another spot for the items you use irregularly, these items could be vases, decorative dishes, or coffee makers. Keep the items you use frequently close and accessible; if possible try to get them off the counter. A good spot, and decorative if done right, is to hang them on the wall. Knives, pots, pans can all be out of the way, hanging on the wall while looking nice.

Pantry

Pantries can be a dream come true, or a nightmare depending on your management of it. Take care of this room as it’s often the holder of your delicious food. Use the storage space to your advantage, and start to manage this room properly.

You first want to pull everything out of it. Wipe down the shelves and give the empty pantry a good cleaning. Next look at expiration dates and pitch accordingly. If items are nearing their expiration date, repackage them and put those back in last so you know to use it first. Group all the similar items together in one corner, and reload everything back into the pantry.

Over-the-door shelves can be a great tool for organization, and space saving. It helps when these are clear so you can see right through them.

Cabinets

The two most important aspects of kitchen cabinets are accessibility and visibility. Typically we overcrowd them without pairing similar objects together. Group kitchen items by purpose and think where they should go. Pots and pans (if not hung) should go next to the stove. Baking items should sit near the oven.

One of the best solutions to your kitchen clutter is to establish a method for items that just appear or reproduce. Find a spot in your house where you can store them temporarily and donate them or pitch them at a later date.

Staying on top of your kitchen isn’t that hard if you have a plan of attack. Make sure your house members know this plan so they don’t unknowingly sabotage you. Make new habits and have a clean kitchen!

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