The kitchen is the heart of your home; it’s where family gathers, friends unite, mouths are fed, and memories are made. Because of its central, popular location, however, your kitchen is also a prime landing pad for clutter. But by following these 5 organizational tips, you can keep your kitchen neat, tidy, and ready for any occasion.
Make The Most Of Cabinet Space
Are you tired of having to dig through cabinet clutter just to find one simple item? Here are some fun ways to make the most of cabinet space by utilizing vertical space as well as horizontal space:
- Organize mugs by placing small hooks underneath cabinet shelves.
- Install a stemware holder to hang wine glasses.
- Apply stick-on hooks inside cabinet or pantry doors to hang clutter-prone items like measuring cups, pot holder, oven mitts, dish towels, etc.
- Hang a circular rack from your ceiling for pots and pans and stick a plastic adhesive dispenser underneath your sink to store old grocery bags.
The key is to get creative with ways to free up shelving space inside your cabinets, so you can reduce clutter and achieve optimum organization.
Love Your Lazy Susan
Contrary to popular belief, lazy susans aren’t just for the dinner table. In fact, rotating trays are the ideal organizational tool for just about anything. Install a few smaller models to hold things like oils and vinegar, spices and baking ingredients, vitamins and medications, or syrups, honey, and other condiments. Lazy susans are also a perfect solution for preventing refrigerated items from getting hidden and going bad. Put a couple on top and bottom shelves to hold jams, pickles, olives, dressings and other small, cluttery food items.
Tackle Your Messy Tupperware
Tupperware has a funny way of creating clutter – fast. First and foremost, throw away or recycle any containers that don’t have lids, have grungy buildup, or aren’t frequently used. Then create a “file cabinet” for your remaining plastic containers by installing dividers inside your drawer. Group like-sizes in designated sections and store the lids together for easy access and ideal organization.
Designate Cleaning Days
One of the best ways to ward off kitchen clutter is to develop a cleaning schedule. Pick one day a month to sort through your refrigerator and discard any expired items. Every four months, choose a day where you completely empty your cabinets and go through each item, discarding or donating the things that you don’t use frequently, have duplicates of, are broken, or are expired. The key is to not hold back and keep only the things you use: be diligent about your cleaning and try to avoid the “what if I might need it” scenario.
Consider marking these important dates on your calendar so you stick to a cleaning schedule.
Clear Your Counters
Perhaps the biggest enemy of kitchen clutter is disorganized counter space. With everything from to-do lists and homework to cookbooks and mail, counters are often subject to extreme buildup. Designate wall space by your pantry or refrigerator and mount a wooden or metal magazine holder for things like mail, newspapers, and homework.
Hang another specifically for cookbooks, and use an adhesive whiteboard or chalkboard to write to-do lists, shopping lists, phone messages, and other notes. Again, by getting creative with your use of vertical space, you can avoid common clutter build-up and maintain a tidy, organized kitchen.