The Kitchen is the heart of a home. It is a place where you cook delicious meals for your loved ones, a place where family and friends tend to enjoy light-hearted conversations. Whether small or large, a kitchen is considered as the busiest room in the house. Thus, it is also one of the difficult places in the home to keep uncluttered.
Kitchen clutter is the bane of many modern homes today. Getting your kitchen in the proper state can be taxing and tedious. So, we have put together simple tips and guidelines that you can follow to keep the clutter at bay and your kitchen fully functional. Read on, you can thank us later.
1 Say ‘goodbye’:
The first step in organising your kitchen is to do away with all the things that you do not use or are unlikely to use. Get rid of utensils that have started to rust and baking trays that never made it to the oven. Decluttering the kitchen also entails getting rid of things such as spices and ingredients that have past their expiry date. Keeping expired food products will add to the clutter in your kitchen. Moreover, unknowingly you may end up using these expired food items.
2 Have a cabinet for your appliances:
No matter how much you try to keep your kitchen clutter-free, appliances take up a lot of space. Instead of keeping appliances like Microwave, mixer, grinder, toaster etc. on the kitchen counter, you can put them in a large cabinet under the counter. This will clear up counter clutter and will offer you more space to work.
3 Ugly ingredients, pretty jars:
The herbs that go into your food may enhance its flavour, but they are not always a pretty sight. Storing raw herbs in their own plastic packaging will make your kitchen look amateurish, not to mention untidy too. Here’s a good thumb rule: always store these spices in attractive containers. This helps in two ways – first, you will easily be able to use spices & herbs when you need them and the pretty containers complement the overall décor of the kitchen. Put basic supplies of flour, salt, and sugar in attractive glass jars and set them on a revolving tray so you can reach for them easily.
4 Spice rack for Spice Jars:
Spice jars on the kitchen counter will add to the clutter. Get a spice rack that holds all the bottles and jars. You can place the rack on the counter or pin it to the wall so that it looks neat and organized.
5 Have a coloured partition for the refuse area:
Your kitchen probably has a refuse area just off the main cooking space. It’s a storage space, and it should not be visible to anyone unless you open the door to it. Put away all the extra items that the storage can hold, and cordon off the area with a pretty curtain or a slide-down partition in a bold colour.
6 Overhead cabinets are best:
The kitchen, as a room, has many items stored in it. Some of which are a potential mess unless you organize them on a daily basis. Utensils such as cooking pots, pans, and spoons stay proper if they stored in under-the-counter kitchen cabinets. Everything else such as food items, jars holding raw ingredients, extra dinner sets, glasses, etc. can go in overhead kitchen cabinets. Not only do overhead
Kitchen cabinets look attractive, they also make for a great storage option that reduces clutter significantly.
7 Don’t buy what you don’t need:
Add this tip right on the top of your list. Another way and perhaps the most efficient one to declutter the kitchen mess is to not buy things that you don’t need. Too many pots and pans, spices, exotic condiments, recipe books, even new appliances, creates a whole world of clutter and caused a hindrance to the day-to-day functioning of the kitchen. Make it a point to only buy the things that you absolutely need.
Above mentioned tips and tricks will definitely help you in the struggle of maintaining a clutter-free kitchen.