Kitchens are often one of the first rooms to become cluttered. A lot of life happens in the kitchen which makes it easy to let it get messy and cluttered regardless of how hard you try to keep it clean. Here are some small ways you can make sure your kitchen gets and stays clutter free!
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Put food in containers
One of the easiest ways to declutter your home is to put things like sugar, cereal, etc in pretty containers. This gets rid of unwanted containers and makes it easier to get to the items.
Get soap containers
Same idea for soaps. Get reusable containers that match the style of your kitchen. The plastic containers with labels are not doing your counter any favors.
Don’t let dishes build up – wipe down the counter
Letting the dishes build up makes the whole space feel dirty and cluttered. When you are done with the kitchen for the night, make sure everything is taken care of and that there is no paper, etc on the counter. Doing this every day will help keep the kitchen clean for longer and seem less cluttered overall.
Make sure everything has a comfy home
Everything in your kitchen should have a home. A dedicated place with room to breathe. When your space is overflowing with stuff with no where to put it, things will start to get messy.
Put small appliances away in cupboards
When you are done using your small appliances and they have cooled down, put them away. Leaving the toaster, the coffee maker, the blender, etc, out all the time can make the countertops feel full. Give these beauties a home in the cabinets to open up counter space.
Get rid of what you don’t need and old things
It is easy to let things build up and before you know it you have more than you need. It is nice to have a few spatulas but there is such a thing as too many. Take inventory of what you have extras of or what is old and start getting rid of these things. If you have a peeler, a can opener or a set of knives you do not really use, just get rid of them. Since you do not use them anyway, you will not miss them!
Clean out your junk drawer and properly use the space
I am not sure if this is just a Midwestern thing, but we have what is called a ‘junk drawer’. (let me know below if you know or don’t know what this is!) Basically, this kitchen drawer holds anything from batteries to pencils to unused key chains and a lot in between. If you have one of these drawers, take the time to clean it out. Apply the last rule to it and organize the drawers. I will always love the idea of a junk drawer but every once in a while you need to tame the wild beast and get it together. It is for sure a source of clutter in the kitchen.
Reorganize and rethink your storage
Now that you have gotten rid of the old and the things you do not use, take some time and reorganize your cabinets. Thing strategically so everything has a proper place.
Get matching small appliances, containers, and utensils
One last small thing you can do to declutter your home is to make sure that everything that is sitting out is cohesive. If you have a lot of mismatch things sitting out it can feel cluttered. No, not everything needs to be matchy-matchy but try to keep everything within a certain range. Thinking about utensils, if you have patterned, steel, neon plastic, old, and new all in a vintage container it might start to seem cluttered just because there is so much contrast. Just mindfully think about what items you are picking out when shopping for new items or getting rid of some of your stuff.
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