Five steps to keep your kitchen uncluttered

Since the kitchen is one of the most used spaces in many homes (that’s certainly true for mine), it can get chaotic quickly. Still, keeping it organized can be a relatively easy thing to do. It’s likely to be the one room that has the most cabinets and drawers for storing often used items. As a result, it will be easier for you to designate specific cabinets for specific purposes (e.g. baking, cutting boards, spices). That’s not to say that your kitchen will look pristine every day, but you can create a plan to maintain your space that will help you keep it looking neat and uncluttered on a regular basis. The following five steps will help you to get started.

Put things away immediately

You’ve probably heard that you should put things away instead of putting them down. This rule of thumb works well in the kitchen, particularly when you cook often. Putting your kitchen gadgets back where they belong straight away means that you’ll find them easily and quickly the next time you need to use them. Be sure that you designate a drawer (or section of the kitchen) for those items that you tend to reach for frequently. Even if the items are not similar to each other (they don’t all perform similar functions), but you use them in sequence with each other, keeping them together means that you won’t have to search or dig through drawers looking for them.

Organize and clean as you go

There’s no need to wait for a special day to clean and organize your kitchen (though it is helpful to have a day of the week to specifically focus on the kitchen). Use a small block of time or even walk-by moments to remove things that don’t belong or to put away items that didn’t make it back to their storage spot. And, if you have broken items or things that no longer function as intended, remove them immediately. (Are you really going to repair it and will it still work the way you need it to after it’s fixed?)

Keep your utility drawer organized

Your utility drawer can be a functional space that houses things you need (though not necessarily every day) without becoming a junk drawer. And, while it can be tempting to put things in the drawer that you don’t know what to do with, doing that consistently will fill the drawer with potentially useless items. Carve out some time to sort through papers and non-kitchen items instead of filling up your utility drawer with clutter.

Use easy-to-store gadgets

Storing your stuff shouldn’t be like trying to complete a puzzle. Make it easy to do by purchasing collapsible gadgets and tools, like colanders and graters. You’ll get the same function from those items and not have to worry so much about how or where to store them.

The website Quirky.com has created a set of compact collapsible tools that fold and store flat. They’re still in the production phase but you can find similar products at your local housewares store or online.

Image credits: Quirky

Keep your most used appliances accessible

If there’s a small appliance that you’re not using on the counter, consider moving it to a lower cabinet and put those that you use all the times in an accessible location. You might also want to keep those appliances close to the area that you’ll use them. For instance, it would be helpful to keep your stand mixer near the cabinet with your baking supplies.

9 Comments for “Five steps to keep your kitchen uncluttered”

  1. posted by Linda on

    I’m sure you could do a week long series on refrigerator organization, but I stole an idea from Peter Walsh that’s been a huge help; I found plastic boxes that fit on the shelves of my old (ca. 1972)’fridge and use them as bins for specific items such as cheese/snacks, lunch meat, etc.

  2. posted by Patty@homemakersdaily.com on

    All of those points are SO true!

    I don’t have a lot on my counters but I did just move 2 items off. One was my mini George Foreman. However, I might put that back. I use it most mornings to make a grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast. I think that was a mistake.

    I also have a Cuisinart food processor that I only use occasionally. I liked having it handy for when I needed it but I finally realized it was taking up valuable space. So I put it away. The counters look a lot better and I haven’t even used it since I put it away. The fewer things on the counter the better!

  3. posted by dandylyons@telus.net on

    I finally got rid of my knife block and put a magnetic strip up. My counters already look less cluttered.

  4. posted by Viv on

    When my kids were young and we were doing school lunches, I had a basket in the fridge with ingredients for sandwiches and a drawer with containers, bags, etc.

  5. posted by Christy King on

    And get rid of all the crazy gadgets that seemed cool at the time but never get used!

  6. posted by Richard on

    We installed a rack over the stove that holds all of our pots, pans, a colander, grater, whisks, cutting boards. Solves a lot of storage issues.

  7. posted by Sandy on

    I’d never heard of collapsible kitchen gadgets. What a great idea. My biggest problem, though, is having room to store pans. I do what my mother did: keep some of them in the oven.

  8. posted by Gypsy Packer on

    Collapsibles which are BPA-free anddon’t cost a fortune would be nice.
    Nesting pots and pans are available online.

  9. posted by Tiredofclutter on

    I just cleaned out my fridge and put labels on all the shelves specifying what goes where. This is much more nitpicky than I usually am, but I think it will be a big help. When my spouse puts away groceries, I often have trouble finding them and forget what I bought until I clean out the fridge months later. I plan to do the same with the food pantry, where food often disappears due to our different sorting ideas or just due to being in a hurry and cramming things in any available space. I hope this will help us cut down on buying several jars of the same sauce just because we can’t easily see that we already have plenty.

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