For most of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home and a place that is warm and welcoming and where family meals and family memories are made. The kitchen should be clean and organized rather than messy and mixed up. Because, let’s face it, if the kitchen is a disorganized mess, it will no longer be the most popular place in the house and mom isn’t going to want to cook dinner. Over the years I have developed some easy ways to keep my kitchen clean and organized (most of the time!) and today I’m sharing with you my tips on How to Keep a Clutter Free Kitchen.
How to Keep a Clutter Free Kitchen
Put It Away
Rule number one for any orderly kitchen is to put everything that is on top of the countertops away. Even if it is something you use everyday, place those items in the cupboards above or the cabinets below. Taking everything off the countertops makes the kitchen look neat and organized, and it also makes it appear larger.
Purge a Little
In order to make your kitchen more efficient, it is necessary to give it a thorough clean-out once in a while. Check to see what you have lurking in the back of your cabinets, and make a list of stuff that you need to replace before the holiday season. Now is a great time to stock up on baking supplies for holiday treats.
Organize by Category
One of the best ways to organize a kitchen is to organize by category. Place all of your canned goods in one area and all of your baking goods in another while your spices are in their own little world. This makes you more efficient when cooking and baking and also makes clean up easier.
Using Space Wisely
A great way to organize your kitchen and make it more efficient is to use baskets. When you clump a set of ingredients for a special meal you love into one basket, all you have to do is pull out the basket, use the ingredients, and store it right back away again. This saves you time and keeps everything nice and organized. I also love to use plastic containers to organize my spices.
Don’t Forget the Walls
Make as much use out of your walls as you possibly can for optimal efficiency. Shelves that can store food processors, blenders, and special kitchen gadgets leave more room on your countertop for the actual preparing of meals. I have an older home and not a lot of storage in my house house so I emptied a nearby closet, added wire shelving and turned that into my pantry.
With a little effort planning your kitchen can look great and function well all the time, making it truly the heart of the home.