It’s always the right time to get your kitchen in order, but we know it can be easier said than done. The good news is you don’t have to get it all done at once, and there are genius and beautiful organizational tools that make decluttering something to get excited about. To make this take manageable, set aside time to dedicate to various areas in the kitchen and your space will be transformed before you know it. Once complete, your clean cookery might even inspire you to chef up more meals each week—just make sure to put back everything where it belongs afterwards!
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Sift through your collection of containers to put all the matches together. Any loose, stained, or cracked items should be tossed. Spare pieces in good condition that you’re willing to part with that could be donated. Go through Tupperware twice a year and invest in an organizer that will keep pieces from going astray.
Keep the counters cleared, it makes all the difference. A cluttered countertop will make the entire room look messy, while a neat one will lend a clean look to the kitchen. If you have a habit of throwing mail, keys, and other odds and ends onto the surface, get a letter organizer or decorative dish to contain items. Maintain this area daily to keep it from getting out of hand.
Pots and Pans
Make use of free, vertical space with hanging pots and pans. This will free a massive amount of open space inside cabinets. Suspend a hanging rod over the sink or an island, or create a DIY this wall rack. If you spot any pieces with broken handles or impossible stains, it’s time to discard.
Empty your fridge and freezer and give it a thorough wipe-down every month. Check each item’s expiration date and quality, and toss anything that is stale or freezer-burned. An investment in refrigerator organization will be a serious game-changer.
Rid your cabinets of neglected appliances. If you have a juicer or food processor that never sees the light of day, it’s time to let it go. Donate any items that haven’t been used in the last year or two. Appliances that get a few uses throughout the year should be kept elsewhere, such as a storage closet or the attic.
Extra dishes take up way too much space, especially considering how often they’re used. Ideally, you only need enough plates and bowls for those who live under the same roof plus a few spares for visitors or in case any break. Donate the leftovers and consider recyclable dishware when hosting an event.
Some kitchens just don’t have all the needed space, even after a thorough declutter session. If cabinets and drawers are limited, consider bringing in a kitchen cart. These portable islands give you more work space and double as a buffet when entertaining.
Make sure to go through every last thing in your drawers, cabinets, and shelves. Particularly: old cook books, worn utensils, dingy dishtowels, expired vitamins or medicine, and extra coffee mugs.