A good declutter is good for the soul, but when the mess gets a little out of control, we tend to take a step back and dig our heels in and ignore the mounting piles of clutter until we are forced to tackle it.
The kitchen is the hub of most homes. We spend more time here than you may imagine, and it’s not always with the kid’s nose in the fridge! Keeping this space tidy and organised makes it not only a usable space but an enjoyable space. To stay ahead of the clutter, check out these tips to declutter your kitchen like a pro.
Bin The Junk Drawer
We all have one. Some of us two! The junk drawer is that space we allow to become a dumping ground. In go the takeaway menus, the toothpicks, the ketchup sachets, the million medicine dispenser syringes, random mail and every small unnecessary item. Over time, the drawer is pointless because you can’t find anything. Make it a point to avoid a junk drawer. Bin anything that is not used or needed, and regain the drawer to be used more appropriately.
Keep A Tidy Pantry
I love and loathe my pantry. The space it gives me to see and grab our most used foods makes dinner prep a lot easier. However, it can quickly get out of hand if not kept in order. I recently reorganised the pantry so that I can keep it ordered. Extra storage boxes keep sauces together, spices are neatly coordinated by use, and shelf risers add storage height and space. Keep your pantry tidy by regularly straightening it up.
Ditch The Mugs
Well, not all of them! If you’re like me, you may be a bit of a mug collector and have far too many piling high in your cupboards. Excess anything creates disorder which may lead to a mug or two tumbling down, and god forbid it’s your favourite one that chips, cracks, or breaks. So, ditch the rarely used cups and create space for those you love.
Get Rid Of Duplicates
Even though your Aunt Rita gave you those salad spoons twenty years ago, it doesn’t mean you have to keep them. Duplicates are another cause of clutter and mess. If you don’t use something, there is no reason to keep it. You don’t need two garlic presses or graters, after all.
Declutter Your Counter Space
Eggs, a bread bin, utensils, cereals, and rarely used small appliances can make your counter space very cluttered and leave little room for food prep. The ultimate way to declutter and create a stress-free kitchen is to keep your counter space clear. Find space in presses for foods that do not need to be on display and only leave out appliances if you use them daily.