The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. But if your cabinets are full of crumbs, the drawers are sticky, or you can’t find room for your everyday necessities because every cabinet is filled to the brim, opening those cabinets and drawers can be a frustrating experience. It’s time for a kitchen intervention!
Here are five tips to help declutter, clean and organize the kitchen:
1. Remove or Relocate
Open each cabinet and drawer. Are any of them (or all of them) overflowing with things you don’t need? Consider what items are actually used on a regular basis. Next, see if there are any items you use less frequently that could be relocated to another space or which items you could do without entirely.
When was the last time you used your food processor or bread maker? Do you have dishes you haven’t used in a year cluttering up prime cabinet space? Do you have expired spices or plastic containers without lids that take up unnecessary space?
Chances are, there are many items in your kitchen that could be removed or relocated to provide you with more organized storage, a clearer workspace, and a more enjoyable cooking environment. See how much you could remove from the kitchen to make more room for what you actually use.
2. Clean & Polish
Before you put everything back to organize your cabinets and drawers, wipe out drawers and surfaces, and polish the hardware so everything feels fresh and clean. Run any dishes or utensils that feel dirty or sticky through a dishwasher or wash in the sink.
3. Consider Your Zones
Divide your kitchen into several efficient work zones, according to how your space needs to function. Are your most frequently used cooking utensils, pots and pans located conveniently near the stove? Are your baking supplies organized in a drawer or cabinet near your mixer? Do you have coffee supplies handy to grab near your coffeemaker? What do you store under your sink and could it be more effectively organized?
Choosing appropriate locations to store your kitchen items according to designated zones will make all the difference in your organization and efficiency while working in your kitchen.
4. Employ Effective Storage
When organizing the kitchen, it’s important to consider if your available storage is being used effectively. Are there some easy to install organizers or dividers that would make better use of the space? Consider adding solutions like a Lazy Susan for a hard to reach cabinet, hooks on the wall for aprons or dish towels, a tiered shelf riser for an underutilized cabinet, over-the-door organizers for cleaning supplies, and drawer dividers for utensils. Your kitchen’s storage should exist to make your life easier and help you to be more efficient in your daily tasks.
5. Organize the Pantry
Whether your pantry is in a kitchen cabinet, a small freestanding shelf, a space under the stairs, or even if you are lucky enough to have a large walk-in butler’s pantry, organization of the pantry area will be key for an inspiring kitchen. Create organizational solutions with baskets to corral items and clear jars with labels for easy identification of bulk pantry goods. Keep items used less often on the top shelves, and move your everyday or regularly used items within reach.
Is your kitchen clean, decluttered and organized? Perhaps this would be a great weekend project, or tackle a little bit every evening over the next week!