Who hasn’t had a cupboard full of Tupperware come crashing down on their head? And don’t we all have a drawer in our kitchen that holds every scrap of paper and useless knickknack we have ever owned? While kitchen clutter may be a universal truth, it can also make using your kitchen a time consuming and frustrating task. Though de-cluttering your kitchen may seem like an equally unpleasant job, a few simple tricks can get it organized and keep it that way.
Clear Off The Countertops
While some appliances, such as the coffeemaker and toaster, have a home on a countertop, usually appliances that we rarely if ever use also end up there. Find a cupboard in which to keep all the small appliances you don’t use often, and be sure to put them back after using them. Also, while fruit bowls and flowers can make a kitchen a more inviting space, too many decorative items can create clutter and reduce the usable counter space in your kitchen.
Are your dishes and glasses miles from the dishwasher? Storing the kitchen items you use in drawers and cupboards closest to where you actually use those items makes good sense. And more importantly, it also makes putting them back easier. This is also a good opportunity to get rid of all the things you don’t use!
Invest In Organization
Purchasing a few useful gadgets for the kitchen can make organization easier. A lazy Susan for a bottom cupboard can make getting to your pots and pans easier. Also, drawer trays to separate utensils and Tupperware that stacks can make using your kitchen a more pleasant experience.
Eliminate The Junk Drawer
While it may be hard to let go of that convenient place to put all the things that don’t have a home, in most cases what ends up in the junk drawer is just that—JUNK. If you haven’t used it in the last few months, odds are you never will!
Create A Kitchen Office Space
Whether it is just a notepad to write the grocery list, takeout menus, or a complete home office, we all have some paper that ends up in the kitchen. Organizing your bills, receipts, and menus all in one space and not in piles will make for a more functional and a neater kitchen.
These few simple tips can make your kitchen a more inviting and functional room, and by creating purpose for the space, and purchasing a few tools to do that, you can keep your kitchen clutter free!
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