The kitchen is my sanctuary. And I’m glad because I certainly spend a lot of time in what can only be referred to as a kitchen nook. That’s why kitchen clutter is just not an option in our house. Everything has a purpose and it’s set up in a way that I can easily get to everything. Is your kitchen inviting? Does it make you want to cook a healthy meal? If not, here are some simple steps to declutter and organize your kitchen.
1. Declutter a drawer a day.
Each day choose a drawer or cabinet to declutter. And I mean truly declutter. That is--if you haven’t used it in six months, get rid of it. Additionally, get rid of repeats either from past roommates or a partner. You don’t need more than one of most things beyond basic tableware. Make a bag for Goodwill and one for the trash. And away you go, organizing your kitchen. By doing just a drawer a day, you can organize your kitchen and you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed.
2. Use wall space.
Your wall space isn’t just for pretty pictures, it’s ideal for certain utensils. Consider a rack for skillets. Or hang kitchen strainers and colanders. Get a magnetic strip for knives. You can also hang pots and pans with a ceiling-mounted unit.
3. Declutter the fridge each week.
Take a few moments to go through the refrigerator and make sure everything is in its proper place. Throw away past due foods and leftovers. Freeze those items that are on the verge of going bad. Wipe down the shelves and drawers when you get a few extra moments.
4. Organize spices.
Organized spices make your kitchen look that much more put together. Go through your spices and dump those that are old. Remember, spices lose their zing after about six months to a year. Consider a mounted spice rack or a rack that goes into a cabinet. Organize them by the spices that you use the most so it will stay intact longer.
5. Organize extra bags.
Plastic and paper bags can build up and cause clutter. That’s another reason to use reusable bags whenever you can. Neatly fold paper bags on top of one another and get rid of those that are dirty or ripped. Take one plastic bag and put the rest of the plastic bags inside it. Clean reusable bags and organize them in the mix as well.
Your kitchen can be a sanctuary even if it’s tiny. It’s all about how you use the space you have. Clutter causes anxiety and the more you clear, the better you’ll feel. Especially if you’ve been neglecting this special room in your home. Once you love your kitchen, you’ll be excited to produce nourishing, tasty, and healthy meals in it. Now you just have to fill it with healthy, plant-based, organic eats as well.
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