4 Tips for a Better Organised and Less Cluttered Kitchen
After the festive season, you are probably wondering what hit your kitchen and we offer a few tips for a better organised and less cluttered kitchen.
If your kitchen is looking like it got hit by a tornado, whether due to the chaos of the festive season or just everyday living, we offer some helpful tips for a more organised and less cluttered kitchen.
1. TAKE STOCK OF YOUR CURRENT LAYOUT
Every kitchen needs some sort of organisation - a space where everything has a place. But it's so easy to fill countertops with stuff that you end up with very little room to prep food for meals. If this is your kitchen, the first thing you need to do is stand back and take stock.
A kitchen that isn't well-organised, especially a kitchen on the small side, can be a nightmare to work in. You are forever moving things around to make space or just feel put off doing anything just because there isn't enough room. Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, keep reading.
Did you know that people who tend to hoard are trying to control anxiety or stress. Take a few deep breathes, relax and throw all that stuff you don't need in the trash!
2. CLEAN OUT AND TOSS OUT
A lack of organisation not only means it's harder to work in a kitchen, but it also means that you probably have too much stuff in too small a space. Over time, cupboards and drawers get filled to overflowing simply because things get tossed inside without much thought. If you have a clear idea of what should go where - make it a plan and implement it. Clean out cupboards and remove everything, and I mean everything, so that you have an empty space to work with.
In an article I wrote earlier this year during the lockdown, I discussed how you can do a decluttering while the cupboards are empty and everything is laid out before you. You just need to be hard on yourself and throw out stuff that doesn't work, is chipped or broken, or that hasn't been used for years. Just by doing that you will be amazed at how much space you will be able to free up in your cupboards and drawers.
3. GET MORE ORGANISED
Consider the layout of your kitchen and the cupboards and drawers around the room. It makes sense that everything should be organised by how often you use it or be easy to find. Drawers close to the prep area should contain cutlery, knives and cooking utensils or items that you use daily. Cupboards should be organised with crockery, cups and glasses or foodstuffs that you use on a regular basis.
There's no firm plan for how a kitchen should be organised because every kitchen is different and no two cooks are the same. I like to have spices close on hand for when I'm cooking, others might prefer to have their spices somewhere else. It's your kitchen so think how to organise it to suit yourself.
In a small kitchen, keep stuff off the countertops so that you have space to work.
Use these kitchen organisation tips to free up more space:
Use cupboards efficiently - Emptying and removing useless or broken items will provide more space for essentials.
Economize of cleaning products - We buy too many cleaning products when a single product might do the work of many.
Invest in stacking systems - Simply by using racks that allow for stacking of items in cupboards, you will free up space.
Use doors - Don't miss out on space when this can be used. Hang pot lids on doors, use the back of pantry doors, etc.
4. CLEAR UP COUNTERTOPS
When there is too much stuff on your countertops you're going to find yourself limited for space or have to move things around all the time. I'm not saying you shouldn't have a few knick-knacks in the kitchen, but it's best to put them on a shelf, windowsill, or out of the way to free up valuable countertop space.
If you have done a clean up and tossed out quite a bit but still find you don't have enough room to move around, adding a couple of shelves can go a long way towards making more room. However, and this is a big however, don't bother to put up shelves if you are a naturally messy cook. It will only result in a messy-looking kitchen and we are aiming for the opposite. There are plenty of other ways to add more storage to a kitchen.