Clutter in the kitchen is no fun. We use our kitchens daily, so keeping them tidy is a constant battle, and it’s so easy to accumulate things you don’t need. Sometimes you just have to get rid of some things to make your kitchen appear cleaner, and make it more efficient for you when prepping meals, serving them, and cleaning up afterwards. Have no fear, we’re here to help! Here are some tips for de-cluttering your kitchen:
First you have to decide what to keep, sell or donate, store, or toss? You’ll have to ask yourself – “When have I last used it?”
“Never” – Toss it in the trash, or pile it in the donation pile.
“Within the last year” – Toss or store it, depending on what it is. If it’s something you only use seasonally, then store it in a separate container and mark it (e.g. “Holiday Cooking Tools.”)
“Within the last month” – Keep it, but find a place for it.
“Yesterday” – If you use these everyday, you’ll need to put these clean and within reach so there always ready when you need them.
Next step, is to end the clutter…
Sort – Decide where the item goes – trash, donate pile, storage, or right back in the drawer or kitchen cabinet.
Toss – Everything that’s in the trash pile goes bye-bye! If it has no use, then you need to get rid of it.
Organize – Clean the spaces in your shelves, and fridge. Clear away dirt and crumbs. If items are dirty or dusty toss them in the dishwasher or hand clean so they can be returned to their proper place.
Put Away – Put storage items away, donations go in donate pile, and everything else that’s left should be organized so that it can be easily accessible. This might include reorganizing the dishes a little or your silverware so that the items you need most are in front or are at eye-level.