Easy Ideas to Declutter Your Kitchen
With all the time we spend in the kitchen, it’s easy to understand why it can quickly become a cluttered mess. Whether it’s purses and backpacks strewn about or piles of mail and scattered kitchen tools, a cluttered kitchen can provide undue stress. But there’s good news! With a few simple tricks and careful thought, you can give your kitchen a quick facelift, and restore the space to its rightful status as a calming family environment.
Drawer Organizers Simplify Sorting
A lot of kitchens have a junk drawer, but there is no space to spare for that in a small kitchen. Take a few moments to declutter and organize your drawers and free up some much-needed space.
Dividing your drawer with organizers can bring order to an unruly pile of assorted items. Since utensil trays are often too big for narrow drawers, you need something that has more flexibility, and individual dividers help with that.
Declutter Kitchen Counter Decorations
Relocate items that are purely decorative to the living room or dining room. Try to avoid using your valuable countertop space for items that are not functional or useful.
Having too many decorative knick-knacks out is a surefire way to make your kitchen counters look cluttered.
Sort Out Stray Office Supplies
We all have that one draw in the kitchen we throw miscellaneous office supplies into. Before you know it, that draw is overwhelmed with clutter. Organize your kitchen drawers and bring your office supplies to life with table top organizers to maximize your draw space.
You’ll probably realize you have more office supplies than you thought!
Organize Your Condiments/Utensils
We all love take out, but do we all love the inevitable clutter of sauce packets left behind? An easy way to quickly free up space in your kitchen is by organizing your condiments. Avoid the clutter and make it easy to grab your favorite sauces when you’re on the go. Looking for the right sauce packet will be a thing of the past. This also presents a good opportunity to organize tooth picks and other food accessories.
Store appliances out of sight
Store small appliances in a cabinet or pantry. You'll be amazed at the transformation that occurs—your kitchen will seem much bigger! If you're planning on renovating in the future, add a cabinet with slide-out drawers just for this purpose! Locate frequently used appliances, like a blender or toaster, so that they are easy to lift out. Place larger, infrequently used appliances in the back of the cabinet or at the back of a deep shelf.
Use Tiered Shelves for Easy Access
Kitchenware can come in all shapes and sizes, making it one of the most difficult items in your kitchen to organize. Declutter your kitchen by utilizing all the area space in your cupboards.
Freeing up space in your cupboards with shelving allows you to always grab the perfect dish right away. You’ll never want to go back to frantically moving items around to find what you want.
Questions Consider When You’re Decluttering Your Kitchen
As you’re sifting through your items, try to work quickly and not put off making decisions about what you want to keep and what you will donate. If you’re feeling a bit stuck, try asking yourself these questions…
- Do I use this?You shouldn’t really have to think long about this. You either use it or you don’t. Be sure to understand that the question is NOT “Will I possibly use this one day?”.
- Is this item extra?How many wooden spoons do you really need? Assess what you need and use on a regular basis. Remember that you can always borrow items from friends or family for those “one time” events. Choose your favorite and donate the extras! You’ll feel better for it.
- Would I buy this same item today? This is a really helpful questions when looking at decorative items. Ask yourself if you still love it and if it is still your style. Is it adding beauty or function to the space or is it just adding to the clutter?
- Does this help to make my life easier?There may be some items that you don’t really need, but you do use regularly and they help to simplify things. You can definitely splurge on some items – just make sure they are useful to you!
As one of the most used rooms in the house, the kitchen takes the brunt of our clutter. It’s natural to walk in the door and go straight to drop our stuff on the kitchen counters.
So, be sure to treat yourself after a long day of organizing, it will encourage you in your tasks and make the day go faster! The tips above will not make magically make your space larger, but hopefully they will give you some ideas, and make the process a little easier to manage! And remember, you do not have to do it all in one day!