In your home, your kitchen can either be your favorite or your least favorite place. As a homeowner, keeping your kitchen clean and organized is supposed to be on top of your priority. But even an incredibly clean kitchen can leave you feeling anxious sometimes, especially if immediately you open your cupboards, and it’s all messed up.
… A disorganized kitchen is quite frustrating and tiring for everyone that makes use of it. Not only does it make it pretty hard to locate things in the kitchen, but it can be absolutely dangerous and harmful when those piles of pans come crashing down on you. And old food? I’m sure no one desires to have a sight of that.
My mum will always tell us that:
“The best way to keep your kitchen clear of clutter is by having everything in its place and having a place for everything.”
Isn’t that worth saying again?
For a lot of people, though, an organized and clean kitchen is a dream to be attained someday, maybe after retirement when the kids have all grown and moved out, and life is less stressful. Regrettably, reversing years of poor kitchen organization habits seems like too difficult a task to ever really combat.
But the good thing is that you can take reclaim your kitchen without wasting time on boring house cleaning projects. It’s, therefore, time to stop procrastinating, be candid about what you truly need – take back the space you use to cook those delicious meals – and enjoy time with friends and family.
Here are the 5 proven tips for cleaning and organizing your kitchen:
# 1. Make the Most of Your Storage
While organizing your kitchen, resist the urge to buy extra storage. Rather than making more space to hold things you don’t necessarily need, focus on downsizing. You want to figure out which common kitchen stuff are cluttering your drawers and cabinets, and device better ways of storing them.
For instance, spices can eat up a bunch of shelf space and be daunting to access. Now, try transferring them to a drawer with the labels facing onto a shelf over the stove. It’s also good to dedicate one cabinet to your core kitchen items. Additionally, transfer boxed or bagged foods into airtight containers built to stack neatly or stand next to each other.
#2. Make an Occasional Storage Plan
You don’t really need that cookie jar you usually use just for one month on Christmas occupying space in your in-home storage space all through the year. Take it away from the kitchen as well as those fancy serving platters and holiday dish towels – and into a self-storage unit. You also need to watch out for other holiday-specific stuff, such as candy moulds or cookie presses and store them in some other place until you eventually need them.
When the holidays come around, get the things you need out of the storage boxes and wash them meticulously. Find an excellent temporary space for them in the kitchen, and put them back into the storage units once you no longer need them. This is because leaving seasonal items out for long can consequently restart the cycle of clutter, and you don’t want that.
#3. Take a Cue from Minimalist
Your first step toward achieving “kitchen freedom” is to assess the whole space thoroughly. Don’t attach any sentiment to those items you’ve kept all these years, and seriously think about the things you actually use regularly.
Emulate minimalists, those that always do their best to not buy more than they need and to discard anything that lacks a clear purpose.
- Apply these tactics to your kitchen today by:
- Identifying duplicated kitchen items
- Setting aside your regularly-used appliances and tools
- Getting rid of broken, rusty, old, or utterly dirty items
- Figuring out which single-function appliances can be replaced or disposed
All this will give you a starting point to focus on as you create a plan of attack to properly organize your kitchen space.
#4. Categorize Kitchen Cabinets for Better Organization
Maintaining the “like goes with like” rule, move from the cabinets to the drawers. Select logical spaces for glasses, plates, and mugs, and place every similar item together. Basically, organizing in this way will reveal some things you’ve not seen in years. And if you eventually discover something you have no memory of using, ponder on the following questions:
- Will, you ever use “kiddie” cups and dishes again?
- Do you really need promotional items from companies you seldom do business with?
- Which items can be given away to create more cabinet space?
- Is there any reason for keeping lids with no matching pots?
This will give you the minimalist mindset and let you dispose of items you have no reason for keeping without the unsettling feeling that you might need them at some unanticipated time in the future.
#5. Create a Cleaning Routine
It’s necessary to create a daily routine for cleaning and organizing your kitchen. Ignoring those little messes only result in bigger messes, and more overpowering cleaning tasks later on.
A few simple changes as a habit can make a significant difference:
- Empty the dishwasher immediately the cycle finishes
- Clean out the sink once you’re done using it to avoid food debris piling up
- Check your mail immediately instead of tossing it on the kitchen table
- Wipe down every surface after preparing snacks or meals
- Put duplicate ingredients in one container
Finally, the refrigerator can be a very creepy place to clean if you haven’t been giving it the needed attention. Don’t let the fridge in your home to be like the shared fridge at the office that is often filled with nameless spills and expired food.
You want to set aside time every 2-weeks to properly clean your refrigerator, including the shelves and drawers. Get rid of old food, repackage leaky thing, and always try to reorganize items as you put them back after cleaning.