Life simply works amazingly well when our houses are clean and organized. When we’re organized, we can think more clearly, we’re more efficient, and we can take on projects that have lain dormant for months or even years.
Having a really organized kitchen is incredible. I am not someone who enjoys cooking. It’s fine, but it certainly is not a passion of mine. However, since I committed myself to decluttering my kitchen, I’ve found that I actually enjoy preparing meals for my family. Clean up is a snap, and I find that I’m coming up with smart ways of managing our diets that work with our busy and varied schedules.
But good, lasting organization doesn’t happen overnight. It is crucial to start smart because decluttering takes a lot of effort at the beginning. I strongly recommend getting expert advice in order to see results quickly and avoid getting bogged down in too much “stuff”. You’ll save yourself hours and hours of work if you listen to the right people.
When I started decluttering my kitchen, I followed these simple steps:
#1. Clear Off the Counters – nothing makes a kitchen more functional than having clear counter space upon which to work. Any cooking project is made ten times easier by having the proper place to work. If you have a tiny kitchen, consider putting almost everything in cabinets in order to keep your counter space free. Also, there are ways to mount knife holders, utensil holders, mug holders, and paper towel holders on the walls. These can help a lot. Another trick I use is to have a mat in one of my sinks that I put a drainer on. That way, when I’m doing dishes, I drain the clean dishes in the sink. That way, I don’t have a bulky dish drainer on the counter. It’s less messy and it looks better when I’m done. I use a simple dish drainer set from Target that includes a suction-cup sponge holder for my sink. I love it.
#2. Clear Out Drawers – If you have to struggle to get things out of your drawers, they’re too full. Anything that slows you down in the kitchen decreases efficiency and enjoyment in preparing meals. Also, you’re not going to want to empty the dishwasher if you have to re-organize drawers and cabinets every time you put dishes away. I used to work with a chef who said that I should be able to go into a kitchen and find anything that I needed with my eyes closed. That was some of the best kitchen advice I ever got. I realized that I could do this if I didn’t have a lot of extra stuff just laying around. So, I got went through my drawers and put everything that I used only occasionally into a bin, which I stored in my garage. If I didn’t need it after six months, then, I probably wasn’t going to need it at all. A good rule of thumb is to have your drawers a quarter to one-third full.
#3. Make a Practice of Eating Leftovers – When I do this, I’m naturally decluttering my kitchen by keeping the refrigerator cleared out. This is a valuable tool for keeping the fridge useable.