Most of us drop everything in our kitchen. It is the hub of most homes, which is why much clutter ends up on the counters and tables, which can take over your room!! If your home is like most, you will often find school books, mail and even kitchen items taking up much needed space and causing clutter.
Only keep out the items you use regularly.If you look at your countertops, do you see any appliances you use only once in a while? Take that item off of your counter and put it into a cabinet or closet. Then, pull it out only when you need it. This will free up space and really make your counters look (and feel) much less cluttered.
Avoid the top of your refrigerator. This seems to be one place where items collect. Try not to put anything on your refrigerator. Instead, think about where that item should live and put it there instead. You might also remove the items from your fridge as that can quickly make a kitchen look cluttered and messy – even it it really isn’t.
Keep the mail and bills together. I shared this tip as part of your entry way de-cluttering ritual, but it actually carries forward to the kitchen too. Don’t toss the mail onto the table when it come in. Instead, open and deal with it right away. Keep all of your bills in one location, so you can find them when it is time to pay them (which can save you headache and stress).
Don’t go to bed with a dirty kitchen. Make sure the dishes are done (or at least in the dishwasher), food is put away and the counters and appliances are wiped down before you go to bed. When you wake, you start your day with a clean kitchen, which can get you started on the right foot for the day!
Use baskets and/or containers. If you keep condiments on your table or pens next to your phone, find a container to put them in. Just by corralling items such as this, you can give your kitchen an instant cleaner, more organized look.
Clean your cabinets out once a year. Make a date with yourself to clean out your cabinets. You can get rid of those items which are broken. If you haven’t used the item in the past year, there is a good chance you can get rid of it (of course, there are items you use only every few years, so those don’t count here). You can get rid of those plastic containers which are stained or cracked — or missing it’s lid. You will want to check out our Spring Cleaning Checklists to get you on track.
Organize your pantry. You can invest in wire holders for your canned goods and shelves to maximize your pantry space. Make sure that when you put items in your pantry, you group them together. Place your canned goods together. Keep your boxes of cereal next to one another. By doing this, your pantry will instantly be less cluttered – and you can find the items you need! Read this post: How to Organize Your Pantry for more great ideas.
Clean with a purpose. When you clean your kitchen, pick something up and decide where it goes. Does it go into the trash? Should it go upstaris to your bedroom? Is it a bill you need to pay? Can this item be donated? Always just put these items where they need to go right away and you’ll be less tempted to accumulate a pile of items “to put away later.”
We actually keep a basket at the bottom of our steps which we use to toss in all items which need to go upstairs. At the end of each night, we carry it up, put the items away (well, usually have our kids put their things away). It helps ensure that the items not only get where they belong, but the house doesn’t get cluttered with piles of toys or books. Pick up some baskets and label them so you can sort the items when you clean and have a quick way to make sure they go where they belong?
Get your family to help. It isn’t jut one person who makes the mess. Work together to ensure that items go where they belong rather than dropping onto the counter. It will require some re-training to get to this, but after some time, you’ll all be in the routine together and your kitchen will be less cluttered.
Do you have any tips to add to our list? We’d love to hear from you!!!