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10 Steps To Help Declutter Your Kitchen

Posted by Erica Rivera on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 at 9:10pm

10 Steps To Help Declutter Your Kitchen

Happy 2020! As we begin the new year, we all would like to start fresh; from fitness resolutions to organizational resolutions. I thought it would be appropriate to begin 2020's blog with one we all could take advantage of, so here we go!

We are all thankful for the many drawers and cabinets in kitchens today, but they make it easy for us to hide our clutter instead of getting rid of it. If you have reached to the point where you can no longer open a door in your kitchen without having something fall out, it is time to declutter your kitchen. Follow these steps, and you can begin a new year, clutter-free life, starting with your kitchen! 

1. Sort through your utensil drawer. Toss out any broken or unused utensils.

2. Open your pantry and get ride of anything that is expired. Take the time to organize your shelves by food type. Have a shelf for canned items, a shelf for boxed items, and so on.

3. Throw away any old or expired spices in your spice cabinet/rack. 

4. Organize your plastic container cabinet. If you're like most people, this is probably the most disorganized area of your kitchen. Toss out any broken containers, and any lone containers or lids. If the majority of your plastic containers fit those categories, toss it all, and start fresh. Many containers on the market today have stackable/attached lids to help you stay organized. 

5. Work your way from the outside to the inside of your refrigerator. Remove any old papers, coupons, or notes from the outside of your fridge. If it is something you don't want to part with, like a card or invitations, place those in a box for safekeeping. Now that the outside is clean, declutter the inside as you did your pantry, Pull everything out and get rid of any expired food, condiments, and drinks. Wipe down your shelves and replace the items you're keeping, organizing them by type as well. 

6. Clean off your sink and counter area.. It is so easy to use the counter as a place to collect clutter, so take the time to go through each item and decide if it stays or goes. Consider buying an organizational tray for your cleaners and soaps, but find a home for everything else. Counters are much more beautiful without clutter. 

7. If you have a medicine drawer or cabinet in your kitchen, clean it out. Throw away empty boxes and appropriately discard any expired medications. 

8. Find your dish towels and designate a drawer or shelf to keep them in. Sort out the ones you  no longer use and toss them or keep them as cleaning rags. 

9. Get rid of cups you no longer use. We are all guilty of hanging on to collectible cups that remain untouched for years after we bring them home. If you don't use them, donate them to a local shelter in need, or toss them. 

10. Whether we like to admit it or not, most of us have a junk drawer at home - very often in the kitchen. Empty it and only replace the items you need and use. The sauce packets that have been there since you moved in are not going to be used now if they haven't been used yet. Try only to keep the items you often use, like batteries or small tools. 

Remember this, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it's important to make it work well for you and your family. If you kitchen functions properly and makes you happy to be in it more, your health and well-being are positively affected. Make the kitchen a happy and functional space and your days will be brighter! 

Do you have other ideas to keep your kitchen clean, organized and decluttered? If so, feel free to share your ideas below! Thank you for visiting my page! 

Erica Rivera, Realtor®

 

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