Last time I featured my friend, Sidney from “Need Organizing?”, she showed us how to combat clutter, once and for all. Today we are focusing on the epicenter of the home, the room where everything important takes place: the kitchen. Many of the newer houses are built with an open floor plan, emphasizing the importance of the kitchen as the heart of the house. Keeping it clean, organized and clutter-free becomes vital, as a majority of our family time is spent in the kitchen.
The kitchen is also the home to bulky appliances, gadgets, food and supplies. Use Sidney’s tried and true tips to keep your kitchen organized and reduce food prep and clean up times.
Smart Kitchen Organization Tips:
- Clearing out and organizing one cabinet or drawer at a time is key. The kitchen can be a huge project and can take up an entire day to get done. Start small, but the important part is that you START!
- Begin by purging the no brainers like chipped cups, plates and worn out Rubbermaid storage containers with no lids.
- Make sure to wipe clean all drawers, cabinets and counter space before returning items. When is the next time you will have all your silverware out at once?
- Once a year take stock of what you have in your kitchen. Ask yourself as you go through each item “when did I use this last?” If your answer is “never” or “hardly ever” it’s time to purge. Donate it or toss it if it’s in bad condition.
- Keep items near their place of use. Store pots and pans, cooking utensils, potholders, and spices near the oven or cooktop.
Dishes and silverware should be near the dishwasher or the table, for easy access.
- Hooks can be attached to the inside of a cabinet door to hold items like measuring spoons/ cups and large utensils to help free up some extra space.
- Keep flour, sugar and baking soda on one shelf, cereal containers on another then canned goods and so on. All too often things get placed on shelves with no purpose or reason, you should be able to have anyone come in to your kitchen (even your mother-in-law) and find what they need!
- Spices can take up plenty of space, so make sure to toss old or unused spices they do have a shelf life. Use a cabinet shelf so that they can all be seen clearly.
- Cleaning supplies should be in a place for easy accessibility but away from the children. Keep the extras in another location with other bulk cleaning items.
- Use bins or baskets in your pantry to group items like snacks, dry soup mixes, baby food etc. they will look tidy and give that uncluttered look.
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Read Sidney’s other kitchen organization tips and hacks:
Great kitchen cleaning tips: “Declutter and Spring Clean the Kitchen for Good“