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Tips for organising your kitchen and getting rid of clutter

by emily

in Lifestyle

We’ve all scanned through Pinterest and looked at all the beautiful, tidy kitchens. One thing they have in common is that they’re clean and organised. Your kitchen should be one of the tidiest rooms in the house. Not only is it the place where your guests visit regularly, but having a cluttered kitchen space will make it hard for you to cook and clean up effectively. When you’ve got things all over the place, with your countertops and cupboards packed to the brim, you’re missing out on a clutter-free, organised space.

Here are a few things to consider:

Storage, storage, storage

A great way to organise your kitchen is by organising your things into baskets and storing them behind closed doors. Often people think that by neatening up your counters, you’ll be able to make things look better. You’re not. This is supposed to be your cooking and entertaining space, so get rid of any documents, stationery or unnecessary gadgets that are lingering around in your kitchen, and resist the urge to drop dirty plates and glasses on the counters until you wash them. These items are making your kitchen space look dirty and cluttered. If you only have open shelving in your kitchen, then you really need to get stuck in and get rid of all the things you don’t need. Only display what you want your guests to see.

  • Use the right storage solutions for the right food

Knowing which foods, drinks and condiments to keep in the fridge or in the pantry will free up your fridge packing space and give you more space to work with. You’ll be surprised at how a clean and decluttered fridge will make you feel about cooking. You will also waste less food and save more on electricity.

  • Move your linen out of the kitchen

If you’re not entertaining guests weekly then move your kitchen linen out of the kitchen so that you can free up some more space for storage. From placemats to tablecloths and runners, these items are only taking up more space, and they’re actually in a position where they could get dirty and dusty faster.

Another thing with linen is to try to hang up your dishcloths and aprons on hooks in your kitchen. While you might want to pack it away, because it looks neater, you’re just taking up more storage space.

  • Only keep what you use close to you

When it comes to spices, crockery and your stainless steel cookware, place these items closer to you and pack the rest away. On that note, follow the process that if something new gets added to your list of convenience items, then something else has to go. If you don’t, you’ll quickly build up an overflowing drawer or cabinet again. This way you can maintain a healthy balance. This also goes hand-in-hand with your appliance selection. Only keep the appliances that you use on a regular basis.

  • Don’t use the fridge as a photo gallery

As much as you’d love to keep that baby photo of your niece on your fridge door, get rid of it. Make sure that you take everything off of your fridge as these things are adding so much clutter to your kitchen space. Although it might be the last thing you thought of, it’s so simple and it makes a big difference. Just let the fridge be. You won’t believe how much neater it will make your kitchen look.

  • Always leave the kitchen better than you found it

One of the biggest rules about your kitchen should be to leave it better than when you arrived. Cooking can get messy, and you might end up using all the pots and serving ware in your bottom drawer, but try to tidy up after you’re done. When you leave it, you tend to leave most of it as it is which then starts to pile up.  If you want to clean your kitchen, it is advised that you do one chore a day to ensure that it really gets done. Often people want to spring clean their kitchen, and halfway through they lose interest. When you do one thing a day, be it in the morning or in the evening, you’re working towards an end goal.

Final words

Naturally, kitchens are a magnet for clutter, which can be extremely frustrating for anyone trying to prepare food. Having a clean and organised kitchen will help you find where things are, and it will make you feel better about inviting people over into your environment. In general, when you get rid of clutter, your entire mindset towards a specific thing will change. Imagine what it could do for your kitchen. 

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