Tips for Effective Kitchen Organization, Part II
There is a common saying that ‘kitchens are meant to bring families together’. A kitchen is meant to bring people together unless, however, that kitchen is messy and unorganized. Being the most used space in a house, and an area essential for preparing, cooking, and eating meals, an unorganized kitchen can become frustrating and stressful. While the organization of this area can seem intimidating, homeowners can easily and efficiently organize their kitchen space without having to commit several hours to sorting through and organizing everything.
In our previous blog, we highlighted some effective tips for kitchen organization. We learned that having a minimalist mindset, decluttering drawers, categorizing kitchen cabinets, sorting through food, organizing cords, and breaking down the process into small tasks are all effective and simple ways to reclaim your kitchen from mess and clutter. Because kitchens are an essential area of our homes, we are going to continue to share some additional organization tips to use in your kitchen!
Tip #8: Upgrade shelving
Now that we have already covered kitchen cabinets, drawers, refrigerators, and pantries, homeowners should have a good idea of what items — whether food, appliances, utensils, etc. — they want to hang on to. With that said, a good area to focus on are the kitchen’s shelves. Shelves can be a great way to utilize additional storage space, but they can easily become cluttered if too many items are placed on them. Perhaps the best kitchen shelving, open shelves, are a great way to create a sense of light and space and boast fine china, fancy glassware, or everyday dishes when not in use. In addition, they can provide a space for items like spices, cookbooks, fresh flora; the choices are almost endless! If a kitchen does not allocate enough room for open shelving, it is worth the effort to empty shelf space on the shelves you do have. Place olive oils, small plants, or small kitchen appliances with the proper cord control to instantly upgrade the appearance of your shelves.
Wrappid Organization Tip: When organizing and cleaning kitchen shelving, be sure to wipe down the shelves to eliminate dust, grime, or grease issues. Repeat consistently to ensure cleanliness.
Tip #9: Don’t forget about the countertops
Kitchen countertops can really influence a homeowners mood when they enter their kitchen. Cluttered countertops, scattered with kitchen appliances and their tangled cords, utensils, papers, and other various items commonly found in a kitchen can bring homeowners to feel overwhelmed. And, because countertops are essential to meal prepping, a messy countertop will urge homeowners to not want to cook, let alone spend time in their kitchen. However, countertops that are clutter-free will make preparing food and cooking meals easier and less stressful. Plus, clean and organized countertops upgrade the visual aesthetics of the kitchen. Try these methods to help eliminate countertop clutter and organize kitchen counter space:
- Keep dry goods, like flour, sugar, and salt in containers and store them in cabinets.
- Clean up the sink, counter, and other prepping areas as soon as possible after preparing meals.
- Consider moving knives and larger utensils into drawers or hang them on a hook.
- Use a cord control tool, like the Wrappid, to organize electrical cords of small kitchen appliances
If homeowners do not have a place to hide countertop items, mounting them, using a shelf above the counter’s surface or a stand, will make kitchen countertops appear less cluttered and more organized. Plus, it will give you extra room when preparing and cooking meals.
Tip #10: Utilize existing storage space
When organizing kitchens, many feel the need to go out to the store to purchase additional storage containers. The point of organizing your kitchen is to clean and make use of what you already have, providing a valid reason not to purchase additional items. The best approach is to consider which items in the kitchen are taking up the most area in the drawers and cabinets, and coming up with more effective storage solutions. For example, many kitchens have a cabinet cluttered with cooking spices. Items like these can take up a lot of space and make it difficult to access. Homeowners can create more storage space by moving canned goods to basement or garage storage, or dedicate a cabinet or door to items that are commonly used. Plus, transferring boxed and bagged food in airtight containers will make stacking and organizing easy.
Tip #11: Have a storage space for seasonal items
Christmas only comes once a year, so why keep the giant Santa cookie jar in your cabinet when you could be using it to store essential kitchen items. Seasonal items, whether for holidays, birthdays, or other celebrations, that are stored in the kitchen should be moved into the attic, garage, shed, or storage until it is needed again. When these specific items are needed, simply get them out, find a temporary spot to place them in the kitchen, then immediately store them back away. Do not let seasonal items be the culprit of kitchen clutter.
Tip #12: Develop a cleaning routine
Creating a daily or weekly cleaning routine for kitchen organization is essential. While a small mess may be tolerable, if left untouched it will eventually form into a bigger mess, making the cleaning job far more overwhelming and unappealing. Try making these habit changes to notice a cleaner difference:
- Avoid putting mail, paper, and other unnecessary items on tables and countertops.
- Empty the dishwasher as soon as the cycle finishes and they are dry.
- Consolidate duplicate ingredients and food items into one container.
- Clean out the sink before food debris or dishes begin to pile up.
- Wipe down countertops and other used surfaces after preparing and cooking meals.
- Take out the garbage as soon as it is full, and as soon as possible.
When developing a cleaning routine, the refrigerator may be an area you would rather avoid if it hasn’t been cleaned as much as it should. Be sure to set some time aside every once and a while to really clean the refrigerator, including the drawers, shelves, and inside of the door. Pitch old or expired food and make an effort to organize refrigerated items once they are put back after cleaning.
Tip #13: It's time to let go
If you are someone who spends countless hours in the kitchen cooking or baking, it is not unusual for your kitchen countertops to become cluttered with kitchen appliances, tools, and other items that you thought you would always use, but never did. Let’s be honest, you probably were never going to use that pasta maker your mother-in-law got you anyway! Unless you are going to be starring in your own cooking TV show, it may be best to let those once loved items go. You can sell both used and unused appliances online, donate them, or give them to someone you know will get better usage out of them.
Tip #14: Maintain your organized and tidy kitchen
Once your kitchen is clean, the job is not done. While it feels good to accomplish a daunting task, a kitchen will not stay organized by itself. It is up to homeowners to give their kitchen the care and cleaning it needs to remain functional and appealing. Remember the tips from the main organization and cleaning job, and do smaller, simplified versions of those tasks. By keeping things organized and performing small cleaning tasks after each meal or snack, kitchens are much more likely to remain tidy and clutter-free.
Following these tips, as well as the ones we covered in our previous blog, will make maintaining an organized and tidy kitchen simple, and maybe even a bit exciting. Once your kitchen is clutter-free, you will likely feel encouraged to spend more time in your kitchen space, cooking and preparing delicious meals and spending time with family and friends.
Be sure to keep following out blogs additional home organizational tips. And remember, a quick and easy way to organize your kitchen is by reducing cord clutter from kitchen appliances and electronics. For effective kitchen cord organization, homeowners need the Wrappid! The Wrappid is cable wrap effective at reducing cord clutter from kitchen appliances, personal appliances, and household electronics. With the Wrappid, kitchen countertops and cabinets can remain straightened and organized, without having a tangled mess of cords. Don’t let tangled cords in your home frustrate you! To start eliminating clutter throughout your home, order the Wrappid today! These tips, as well as the ones we covered in our previous blog, will make maintaining an organized and tidy kitchen simple, and maybe even a bit exciting. Once your kitchen is clutter-free, you will likely feel encouraged to spend more time in your kitchen space, cooking and preparing delicious meals and spending time with family and friends.
Be sure to keep following out blogs additional home organizational tips. And remember, a quick and easy way to organize your kitchen is by reducing cord clutter from kitchen appliances and electronics. For effective kitchen cord organization, homeowners need the Wrappid! The Wrappid is cable wrap effective at reducing cord clutter from kitchen appliances, personal appliances, and household electronics. With the Wrappid, kitchen countertops and cabinets can remain straightened and organized, without having a tangled mess of cords. Don’t let tangled cords in your home frustrate you! To start eliminating clutter throughout your home, order the Wrappid today!