Keeping your kitchen, clean, tidy and organised is a difficult task for even the most avid cleaner. So we thought we would put together a list of 10 things you can do to help make your kitchen a clutter-free zone so you can get on and enjoy cooking and entertaining rather than stressing over the mess.
1. Start Hanging
Hanging up your aprons, tea towels and oven gloves is a simple and easy way to keep you kitchen organised. Not only does it help you find them quickly and easily when you need them but it also helps to free up much needed storage space in your draws!
2. Use Baskets
Using baskets to organise the contents of your shelves if a great way to keep your kitchen clutter at bay. Baskets not only help you to organise and hide away any unattractive necessities but they make a great design feature too! Choose baskets which complement the design of your kitchen.
3. Invest In A Kitchen Cart
If you are tight on cupboard space but have enough floor space to accommodate a cart than investing in one is a great idea. Not only does it give you extra storage space to help keep you cupboards easy to navigate but it also aids as an extra work surface for prepping meals and makes a great focal point in your kitchen.
4. De-Clutter Your Counter Tops
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Letters, to-do lists, torn out recipes from magazines and a whole array of other bits and bob always tend to find a home on the kitchen counter. To de-clutter your counter tops try mounting an organisation station on your wall. Perhaps a calendar, somewhere to store your house keys or a big magnetic board which you can attach all your bits and bobs to with magnets.
5. Try Using A Lid Rack
So your pots and pans may be all neatly stacked but what about the lids? They always tend to just be shoved in a cupboard and it can be a nightmare to find the right one for the right pot. Lid racks are a great way to keep all your lids neat, tidy, and easy to find.
6. Control Your Drawer Chaos
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Dividing up the space in your drawers is essential when trying to maintain a clean, clutter free, organised kitchen. Organising your utensils, foil, cling film and other kitchen essentials into designated areas makes life a whole lot easier.
7. Categorise Your Food
There is nothing worse than looking in your pantry or cupboard and not being able to see what you have! Not only does it mean you end up buying the same thing multiple times when you already have 5 of them but it makes cooking a much lengthier process. Try using clear containers to organise rice, pasta and lentils and be sure to group similar items together. For example, keep all of your spices and all of your tinned goods in the same place.
8. Utilize Hidden Spaces
Try creating extra storage space and organisation systems inside your cupboards. The inside of your cupboard doors are perfect for storing cleaning products, cloths and sponges.
9. File Plastic Containers
Everybody has a draw full of plastic containers they use to store food and reheat it. More often than not, that draw is a tragic mess! Be sure to stack your container inside one another to keep them neat and tidy. Neatly file the lids together to create order and prevent rushed rummaging for a lid that fits in the morning.
10. Designate A Cooking Zone
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Be sure to store your most used pots, pans and utensils closest to the stove. This makes it easy for you to get to them when you’re cooking and stops you from having to search high and low to find them!