Cut the kitchen chaos with these tips
Big or small, the kitchen is the number one area in the home with serious clutter issues. Clutter arises because not only cooking and dining happens in the kitchen, but homework, life planning and play as well. So, when the objects of everyday life have the edge, try out these tips to declutter your kitchen.
Embrace the Hacks
Whether you love or hate hacks, here are 5 great ones to help you declutter your kitchen.
- Use T-moulding to hang stemware.
- Line drawers with high-end wrapping paper that suits the rest of your kitchen décor.
- Place tension rods vertically in cupboards to store and separate cutting boards and baking sheets. Position them horizontally in a cabinet for an easy spice rack.
- Attach magnets to small plastic baskets and adhere them to the refrigerator for to-do list storage.
- Pair S-hooks with binder clips to hang saucepans on the wall.
You could be the tidiest human in history, but if you’re not optimising the storage you already have, it shows. If you have plenty, but know you are not making the most of it, first try reorganising. Declutter kitchen counters and use your storage to its capacity. For example, store similar objects together. It may seem like an obvious way to declutter your kitchen, but if you’ve not already grouped your cookware, small appliances and dishes together, you’ll notice a difference in your kitchen’s efficiency when you do. On that note, rather than chucking all of your cooking tools unceremoniously into a drawer, place your whisks, ladles, wooden spoons and spatulas in an attractive upright container like an antique milk jug, tin planter, or vase.
Storing smart also means seeing what you have. Using see-through storage in your cabinets, pantry and refrigerator is a great way to streamline kitchen life. Use classic rattan baskets on open shelves to store cookbooks, or food that should be left room temperature. When you’re feeling creative, glass canisters with handwritten labels are a traditional and charming way to reduce clutter.
Bring In the Ringers
Sometimes, it’s not a matter of maximising storage space to declutter your kitchen, but simply a matter of not having enough. When this is the case, consider alternatives. A rolling cart for instance, not only stores cookware, small appliances and food, but doubles as extra worktop space. A freestanding larder is an old-world storage solution and modern-day trend. In lieu of a pantry, a freestanding larder is a superb space for keeping non-perishables and spices fresh and off of the counter.