The kitchen is one of the most used areas of the household. With cooking, dishes, and table-setting, there’s lots to do and keep organized. Pots and pans get stuffed under a drawer, you can’t find that one measuring cup you need, and you’re walking all over the kitchen just to set the table. Read our tips, or watch the video below, on how to declutter your kitchen so you can save time and always be able to find your favorite spatula!
Setting Up Your Dining Area
Start by setting up your dining area. To make things easy for yourself, store all the items you’ll need to set the table close to your dining space. In a nearby cabinet, store your glasses, dishes, and silverware so that it’s right within reach of the table. You might think to store your silverware close to the dishwasher, but keeping it by the table will make it easier and more convenient when it’s time to set the table.
Keeping Your Prep Area Organized
Your kitchen prep area is your cooking battle station, but that doesn’t mean it has to get out of hand. Keep your prep area organized by storing your knives and other prepping utensils and instruments nearby. You can keep a knife block by your cutting board, or save your blades in a drawer underneath. Drawer organizers help keep your prep items sorted so you’ll always be able to find the right measuring spoon. And remember whenever you set your knife down, place the blade facing away from you.
Pots and Pans
Pots and pans are often one of the more disorganized areas of the kitchen, as they are typically stored out of sight. When items are stored horizontally, they can become hidden from view, stacked inside one of another; whereas, items stored vertically are more visible. One way to keep your pots and pans organized is by using a counter-top vertical organizer. These organizers keep them looking neat, tidy, and easily accessible.
The Cooking Area
When you’re ready to cook, you don’t want to have to spend time finding things with the stove on! Keep your cookware near the stove so that you can easily find it when cooking. A drawer nearby is perfect for spatulas, stirring spoons, and other cooking necessities. If your drawers don’t have built-in organizers, you can buy caddies to help keep things sorted.
If you’re a coffee drinker, make your morning coffee routine a breeze by creating a coffee station. Wherever you have your Keurig or coffee maker, keep your coffee or coffee pods, mugs, straws, sweeteners, sugar, and honey in a cupboard nearby. Now when you go to make your morning coffee, everything is within arm’s reach.
Organizing Your Junk Drawer
Your junk drawer accumulates all sorts of random items over the years. To declutter your drawer, start by taking out all the things in the drawer. Next, sort and purge the items in the drawer. You’ll find some things are old, expired, have missing parts, or are no longer needed and the others you can begin sorting into like piles. As you are sorting, you may find you have multiples of many items. Using a drawer organizer, decide on a slot for each item type, and if it exceeds the boundaries or is overflowing, then get rid of the excess.
If you’re looking for help to declutter your kitchen and stay organized, call Professional Organizer, Bridges at 480-297-7355 or contact us for a free consultation.