Declutter your kitchen today! Sorting out any room is tricky, but the kitchen might be the hardest because of how often you use it, and what's it's used for. Don't despair, I've put together four easy steps to help you tackle this task.
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1. Declutter cupboards & drawers
As Elsa says in Frozen, 'Let it go, let it go!', however, in reality, this can be very tough to do. It's not easy looking at everything in your kitchen and working out exactly what you do and don't want. Here are a few helpful tips on removing all that clutter:
Write a list
Grab your pen and start writing a big list of all the items you use most frequently. Take your time with the list, if it helps, see what you use during the week or the month and don't rush writing it. The more you know, the more thorough you'll be. This list will help you truly understand your clutter and get rid of those items that you just don't need anymore - or ever needed!
Be honest with yourself, how often have you used that bread machine? It might be hard, especially if it's a present and it's tough to say goodbye to expensive items - but if you don't ever use them, they're taking up valuable space in your kitchen. If it's not on the list, get rid of it. You can either give the unwanted appliance to charity, a family or friend or sell it on e-bay another website.
This is an easy job to do - just go through all your food cupboards, drawers and fridge to get rid of everything that is completely out of date. Don't forget to check through your baking supplies, you might find lots of decorations you brought for making a cake a few years ago, and never got rid of! Just to warn you, there may be a chance you are horrified when you start looking closely at your spice rack...
Declutter pots & pans
Much like the appliances, getting rid of some of your pots and pans is a difficult job. You may have sentimental reasons while you're keeping hold of certain pans, but the best thing to do is be honest with yourself - if you don't use it, get rid of it. Check out 35 things you really don't need & should get rid of NOW for more inspiration.
Declutter broken crockery, glasses & unwanted cutlery
You'll breathe a sigh of relief after this one. Start getting rid of all that old crockery with chips and all those glasses with the small cracks.
Get rid of unnecessary repeats
This is an easy task - make sure you don't have multiple of an item. This includes items like mixing bowls, (do you really need so many), graters (you just need one) and baking trays (you really don't need so many different styles!).
2. Hide & organise your clutter
Now it's time for the fun part - hiding all the stuff you want to keep and organising them in a better way.
You can use baskets to put all your odds and ends in - organised chaos! Carefully label your baskets, for example, 'Teabags' and 'Spices', depending on what's inside.
Say goodbye to magnets / ugly souvenirs
If you've been given a gift for the kitchen that's taking up valuable space and you don't use it or want it, say goodbye. The same goes for magnets on the fridge - they leave your kitchen looking cluttered and untidy, so remove them.
Be clever with pan lids
They're annoying, but you need them. Luckily for you, I've written Storage Cheats: 10 ways to store your pan lids for some inspiration. My favourite storage idea is to use command hooks on the inside of cupboard doors - try it!
Keep appliances in one space
Do you have big appliances like a coffee machine, blender or toaster that you use sometimes, but not all the time? It's time to find them a home that isn't on the counter. Find a cupboard and if you can, change the design to suit the appliance. For example, a retractable shelf for a toaster might be perfect, if you don't use it much!
3. Be precious with space
Now it's time to make sure that all your space is being used in the best way it can. It's your chance to make your kitchen work for you and reap rewards (in the form of uncluttered space) after all your hard work.
Counter / kitchen table
This is premium space that should only be reserved for items that you use regularly, such as oils, kitchen tools like spatulas, wooden spoons and your kettle.
Those kitchen drawers need to be organised properly and there are lots of dividers you can buy to help you separate everything. The more organised you are, the more time you'll save.
Hang pots & pans
If your kitchen allows you to do this, consider hanging up your pots and pans. This is a great way for you to save precious cupboard space.
Put all those everyday items in a place you can easily access. Place teabags and sugar near the kettle, plates near to the oven and dishwasher.
Place the items that you don't really use that often, such as blenders or baking equipment, out of the way in those hard-to-reach spaces.
Out of the kitchen
If you have items that you use once a year, like ice cream machines or Christmas plates, just take them out of the kitchen completely. You don't need them!
4. Keep the clutter under control
Now for the important part. It's time to learn how to keep all that clutter under control, or you'll be back where you started within a fortnight! Make sure everyone in the household is on board with your clutter-free plan.
Get a 'Clutter Basket'
This tip was taken from Anushka's Declutter your home: 7 stress-free ways to do it now. If you have a designated basket where all those bits and pieces go that don't belong in the kitchen, they can be taken away and emptied every evening.
Clear away any washing up away or empty the dishwasher
You'll thank yourself in the morning for this one! Every night, make sure you've either emptied the dishwasher or cleared away any washing up. You'll be able to keep the draining board clean and tidy, rather than playing a game of Buckaroo every time you go to place something there.
Clean as you go
It's easier to do little jobs as you go, rather than one big boring clean up. While you're waiting for the kettle to boil, give the surfaces a quick wipe, or when you're waiting for the rice to cook, empty the fridge of out-of-date food.
Consider what you use the most
The use for something may change depending on the season, so keep an eye on the items you keep on the counter. I keep butter, salt, pepper and a few cooking oils on the surface as I use these every day. If you don't tend to use oil, then put it away in the cupboard. Don't have much space? Check out these 21 organisation hacks for your tiny kitchen.
Good luck folks. If you have any tips on how to declutter your kitchen, I'd love to hear them!