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The kitchen is one of the most important parts of a home. A place of activity and centre of a family’s warmth. It’s important to keep them in check because they can easily devolve into a cluttered mess. This is why we made this guide for you. Mind that how and where you store your belongings depends on your personal style and how you use the kitchen, but we’ve broken down the process in a few general steps to make it easier on you.
Step 1: Declutter the cabinets
Empty all your kitchen cabinets and comb through the contents. Sort them by throwing out every broken or duplicate item you don’t need. Sometimes you’ll be surprised how much unneeded stuff you keep. Just go through all the cabinets and put everything in it on the floor so you can see it well and sort it out easily. Leave enough room to store the items into two or three piles. The goal with this is to keep only the items you regularly use or really feel are special to you.
Step 2: Devise a system
Now that everything is on the floor, think about how to group these items. This will improve the cohesiveness of your system. For example – Group all the items you need for baking in one place, cutlery in another, plates in a third, and so on. With the plates and dishes, consider having an additional group for those which are for special occasions and thus rarely used.
Step 3: Implement the system
Everything is sorted out. Now it needs a place to be stored in. Your baking and cooking pieces should be near to the spot you prepare food at. The same goes for utensils. Glassware would be best as near as possible to your dining area or the sink. A great idea is to make yourself a beverage corner that includes everything you need to make coffee, tea, or any other drink that you regularly consume. To make it even more handy place it near the water source. This will speed up your morning routine and make it more convenient.
Step 4: Containers are your friends
Containers will help prevent your cabinets from turning into a cluttered mess. Use them to group together things such as ingredients, sauce mixes, hot cocoa envelopes, gelating, etc. It will save you a lot of time and the cabinets won’t require decluttering as often. Drawer dividers can also serve this purpose well, especially for smaller packets. There is a lot of variety with them so it would e easy to find the exact one you need.
Step 5: Use vertical space
Walls can be used to share the burden of your cupboards and shelves. Put hooks under cabinets for things such as pots, pans, stirring utensils. Or why not for mugs too. This way you can use your favourite ones as decoration too. You can use sticky hooks on the inside of your pantry doors to hold small things like measuring cups or other cooking utensils. Any space you can use to hang something on will free horizontal storing space for the things you can’t hang.
Step 6: Food
Whenever you take out the trash, make time to clean your fridge as well. We tend to keep items that are no longer needed in the fridge for longer than advised. Cleaning the fridge takes a minimal amount of time, but it’s important. A good place for your trash bags is naturally near the bin. But here’s a trick. Strack a few of those ones over the other inside the rubbish bin. This way when you take out the old one, there’s already another ready to be used.