They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. Although, sometimes it feels more like a headache.
Have you ever thought “If I just hurry, throw it in there and close the cabinet door, no one will notice!” Yeah, I think we can all relate.
If you’ve had enough of the cluttered, overwhelming mess that is your kitchen, don’t worry. We’ve got your back! Here are a few steps you can take to make your kitchen feel a little more calm and a little less crazy.
1. Think Multipurpose When It Comes to Kitchen Gear
To prevent clutter in your kitchen drawers and cabinets, try purchasing only kitchen gear that serves more than one purpose. For example:
- Chef’s knives that work for everything from fruit and veggies to meat and cheese
- A food processor for dicing, chopping and blending
- A stand mixer that can be used to mix, whisk and knead dough
- A toaster oven instead of just a toaster
- Mason jars for drinking glasses, food storage and displaying flowers
2. Optimize Your Pantry Space
It’s so easy to come home from the grocery store, utterly exhausted, and just toss everything you bought into the pantry and forget about it. Unfortunately, if we take this approach, our food gets forgotten and goes bad and we clutter up our beautiful kitchen!
- Store like items one behind the other. Example: if you have multiple boxed cake mixes or spices and seasonings put the newest at the back and stack out toward the front of the shelf
- Sort things by category. Example: put all baking supplies on one shelf, snacks and treats on one shelf, meal components on another and so on.
- Follow some of these tips for more pantry storage!
3. Take Inventory
There is nothing worse than getting halfway through a recipe and realizing you’re completely out of an ingredient you need.
To prevent this from happening, keep a running tab of things you keep stocked in your pantry.
Every time you use something, make a note to pick up more the next time you’re at the market!
If keeping a list of all your food sounds overwhelming, try taking a few hours every month (or every other week, etc.) to see what you need to stock up on.
4. Group Things by Use and Frequency in Your Cabinets
As pretty as that wedding china is, it’s not always practical for Taco Tuesday. Store your dishes and ingredients based on how and how often you use them. Put special occasion serving pieces and dishes on the top shelves or put them on display to give your home a sentimental, beautiful touch, while keeping things that are for everyday use in more accessible places. This keeps those beautiful cabinets neat, tidy and practical!
5. Clear Surfaces and Wash the Dishes Every Night
This is one of those annoying tips that you probably don’t really want to hear. But trust us! The benefits outweigh the costs. It’s so stressful to wake up to a sink full of dishes with food crusted on, leftovers and ingredients piled up on the counters and the soy sauce that spilled out of the pan hardening on the stove top. Taking care of these little messes right after each meal will prevent them from stacking up and becoming overwhelming.
So, put on those decluttering yoga pants, hit play on that motivation playlist and show that kitchen clutter who’s boss! (And when you finish, hop on over to the laundry room and show it who's boss, too!