5 Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Uncluttered
We store, cook and eat in the kitchen, so it should be the cleanest room in the house, but with all the activity the kitchen sees, keeping it neat is no small feat. Here are 5 tips to keep your kitchen uncluttered.
Sift And Sort
Start with your cabinets. Go through every container, dish and towel and decide if it's something you use enough to warrant the space to storage it. If you can't remember the last time you used it, you can probably get rid of it. If a container doesn't have a lid, throw it in the recycling bin and replace it with new, matching containers that fit together and take up less space. If a towel is tattered and torn, toss it in the rag bag. This one chore will free up space you can use for more important and frequently used items.
Purge Your Pantry
We're all guilty of keeping non-perishable items just a little too long. While our logic tells us we may need that can of cream of celery soup someday, the reality is that there are some items that we will never use. Go through every item in your pantry one-by-one. If you've had it for a year, it's time to donate it to a food pantry so it can go to use. If there's kitten food your cat can't eat, there are shelters who will gladly take it off your hands. Apply the same process to your freezer. If you froze a casserole last winter, you're probably not going to eat it this winter. It's time to get rid of it.
Because the kitchen is a place to do more than cook and eat, it tends to be a dumping ground for anything and everything. Do a clean sweep of every spot in your kitchen to remove things that don't belong there. Homework should go in the kids' bedrooms, books go on the bookshelf, bills go in the home office. There should be a home for every item in your house. If you come across something that doesn't have a home, now is a good time to find one.
Your counters are a work space and, just like at the office, it's hard to get things done when you have to wade through piles of clutter every time you have a project to complete. The culture of your kitchen should be centered around food and supporting a safe environment for preparing it. In addition to making it easier to work in your kitchen, clean counters also look nice.
Keeping the kitchen clean is creating new habits. It takes a little bit of work and a few reminders, but it will all be worth it to have a clutter-free kitchen.