The kitchen is the nerve center of the home, and having a tidy and streamlined kitchen brings peace of mind. Keeping the kitchen clutter-free is not an easy task. Family members congregate there. Leftover food items, half empty water bottles, unpaid bills, and kids’ homework papers can all pile up, leaving your kitchen looking and feeling chaotic and unkempt.
If you’re trying to make your kitchen leaner and meaner in 2018, here are a few tips for de-cluttering:
- Designate a proper place for everything – You may have spent hours searching for some piece of mail that arrived days ago. Or perhaps you just can’t find that can of tomato soup that you remember purchasing. You can end these maddening rituals if you assign everything a home. Use bins and labelled shelves to declare exactly what goes where. Make sure you stick to your organizational system. It will pay off with less time wasted in searching for “lost items.”
- Keep small kitchen appliances out of sight – Counters are often cluttered with small kitchen appliances. Items such as coffee makers, toasters, teapots, can openers, and more dominate counter space. Rather than leaving these items out, make a habit of putting them away after each use. It is better to have a full cabinet than to have counter clutter that takes over your food-preparation spaces and looks unsightly.
- Streamline daily – The kitchen can easily become the repository for all of your home’s odds and ends. Keep your kitchen clutter-free by taking a few minutes to tidy up at the end of each day. Remove anything that does not belong in the kitchen, and toss items that have outlived their usefulness.
- Finish what you start – One source of kitchen clutter is unfinished projects. If you start a project, finish it—that includes tidying up your mess.
- Only touch things once – This is a helpful edict when it comes to kitchen cleanliness. When you pick up a piece of mail, either pay it (if it’s a bill), pass it on to the appropriate family member, throw it away, or pin it to the bulletin for future use. Apply this rule liberally. It’s far better than saying you’ll deal with it later—over and over again. That’s how kitchen piles get started.
Change can start in the kitchen. Begin de-cluttering there, then transfer the positive changes to the rest of your home and to other aspects of your life.