Kitchens are mess magnets. In addition to the usual mess associated with cooking, kitchens also seem to have a preternatural ability to attract bills, homework, and all sorts of other wayward items in search of homes. Your kitchen might be fit for the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens, but it won’t much matter if it’s covered in a persistent layer of refuse. Clutter doesn’t just mar the aesthetic qualities of your kitchen; it also seriously impedes its function as a place to cook. Fortunately, spring is the perfect time to spruce the place up and get your kitchen looking its very best. In this entry, we’ll share a few tips to help you declutter your kitchen and keep the mess at bay.
Guard Your Countertops
Next time you come home and casually toss the daily mail on the kitchen counter, stop. Before you know it, your countertops will be lost under a month’s worth of coupons and bank statements. A wall mounted mail organizer will take up minimal space and spare your countertops the burden of becoming the family filing cabinet.
Clean as You Cook
By the time you’re done preparing a meal, you will likely have generated a small mountain of dishes and cook wear. By integrating the cleaning process into your cooking routine, you can cut that mountain down to a molehill. Done with that measuring cup? Give it a rinse and put it in the dishwasher. Finished with the cutting board? Scrub it down and return in to the cupboard. You’ll be amazed at what a difference a little cleaning can make along the way.
Over the years, we tend to accumulate more kitchen appliances and utensils than we really need. How many of your nine plastic spatulas do you use on a regular basis? Do you really need to clog up valuable counter space with an upright toaster when you just got a nice new toaster oven? Probably not. Make an inventory of the items in your kitchen, and pare down all but the essentials. Things that you use sometimes, but not often can be put in high cabinets for safekeeping. Anything you use regularly should be readily available in more easily accessible drawers and cabinets.
The most important thing you can do to promote kitchen cleanliness is to be mindful of your habits. Kick the habits that create clutter, and be proactive about replacing them with better practices. Before long, cleaning won’t feel like work. It will just be part of the routine.
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