When you open your kitchen cabinets and an oatmeal packet falls on your head, you know it’s time to do some organizing. The kitchen is probably the most used room in your home, so a little cleaning and organization can have a big impact on your daily life. If you’re not sure where to start, follow this simple, professional advice that will keep your kitchen space organized and make cooking less stressful.
Recently featured in our ridiculously thorough declutter guide, Davonne Parks (aka The Tidy Mom) is an organizational decluttering junkie from the hills of North Eastern Kentucky, and she has some smart advice about decluttering your kitchen.
“Many of us have waffle irons, crock pots, egg slicers, choppers, food processors, and so many more small appliances and gadgets that take up space. And yet, rather than pulling out and dirtying the chopper with a dozen parts to clean, we grab our simple knife when we need to cut up an onion. Consider getting rid of many of the “convenience” items that you rarely use as you streamline your kitchen.”
— Davonne Parks, author of Chaos to Clutter-Free: 16 Realistic Steps to an Organized Home and www.davonneparks.com
Follow These Simple Steps to Declutter Your Kitchen
1. Walk Around With a Small Bin
To begin, put everything that doesn’t belong in your kitchen in a bin. There’s a good chance miscellaneous items that don’t belong in your kitchen ended up on your counters.
2. Put Everything Back In Place
Once you have items in the bin, put them in their correct storage places. Then take a look at your counters, kitchen table and the island to put everything back into place. Is there an item that is constantly put into the wrong spot? Find a more convenient storage space for it!
3. Divide the Kitchen into Zones
It’s a good idea to divide your kitchen into zones so you can avoid a potentially bigger mess. By assigning zones it can improve your organization. It doesn’t matter if you start with your refrigerator or your pantry, just stick to the zones!
4. Remove and Rehome
As you’re decluttering your kitchen, consider donating or throwing away items that you haven’t used in a while. If you do decide to keep an item you don’t frequently use, consider storing it in another room in your house. Take a look at your pots and pans. Do you have any duplicates? If you do, and it serves a special purpose, then keep it. If not, it’s a good idea to donate any pots and pans you no longer need. Plastic storage containers are notorious for taking up space in drawers. An easy way to organize is to start with the lids. Match up every lid with a bottom. If you have any left over, pitch them. Consider taking extra containers and placing them somewhere outside the kitchen in case you need them for special occasions.
Rehome any items that are not stored in the most convenient place. For example, your knives should be kept close to where you chop and prepare food. Oven mitts and potholders should be stored near the stove. It may take a little getting used to if you’ve been living with your current kitchen arrangement for many years, but if you rehome items to sensible places the adjustment should be minimal and your new setup should feel more natural.
Trying to declutter any room can be difficult especially if it’s a high-traffic space like the kitchen. But taking the time to organize the space will make you enjoy cooking more and become less stressful.