It is more than appliances and sacks of flour; the kitchen is the heart of the home and a gathering spot for the whole family. Give your kitchen a good purging and reorganize it in a way that makes sense. However you use it, your home needs to be functional for you and your family.
Empty All Cabinets (Yes, All)
To save yourself from going mad, start with one cabinet at a time. Take everything out and dust the shelves, spraying them with an all-purpose cleaner and janitorial cleaning rags. Have a donation box on standby for things you no longer want or use, asking yourself as you touch each item:
- Do I use this?
- Is it functional?
- Will I miss it if I get rid of it?
Replace Items in a Sensical Order
- It can be a juggling act if you have a large family and little space when you’re refilling your cabinets. Follow some simple tips for logically fitting things back inside of them:
- Dishes that you use daily should be placed in a central cabinet that is easily accessible. Bonus points if it’s a cabinet that is also close to the sink and/or dishwasher.
- Avoid stacking items on top of other items: For example, don’t place a stack of salad plates on top of dinner plates. It doesn’t make sense to have to move the smaller ones to get to the larger ones every time you set the table
- If you have the wall space, buy some hooks for things like mixing spoons, tongs and whisks. Hanging these items saves room in the drawer and keeps them easily within reach while you’re cooking.
Even though it might never look Pinterest-perfect, your kitchen is one room in the house that needs to have some semblance of organization. Get it back under control to make it work better for everyone!