So now its time for the major overhaul, getting your kitchen organized. This can be a big undertaking depending on what you have going on in yours. But just like with our pantry organization you must first have a plan.
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Plan It Out
Now is the time to decide if you want to rearrange anything or move things to different cabinets. If it helps, grab a pencil and paper and draw your kitchen layout so you can map out what you want to do. Make sure everything has a home, a place where the item can be put away and off the counter.
Follow the 3 P’s
Grab some bags or boxes and get ready to get rid of some things. Have a box for trash and a box for donations. Now is the time to get rid of all that clutter. As you pull things off the counters and out of the cabinets follow the 3 P’s: purpose, place, or purge.
What purpose does that item serve for you? Is it something that you actually use, and frequently? Have you only used it once or twice? Is it something that you really need to keep?
Everything in your kitchen should have its own home. Every item should have some place that it can be put away, off of the counters. If it does not have a home, consider getting rid of it. If it is something that you really need, you will find a place to put it.
If an item does not have a purpose or a place, it’s time to let it go. Many people have a hard time letting go of things, but you have to see it for what it is, and not the memories attached to it. Of course it’s OK to keep some things that have sentimental value, but if those things are starting to pile up and clutter up your home, it’s time to let things go.
Also if you have multiples of things, keep one and get rid of the rest. This happens a lot with utensils. Do you really need 12 spatulas, 4 ladles, or 3 pasta spoons? Think about what you normally use when you are cooking. Only keep what you really use, and toss the rest.
A Little Bit at a Time
Depending on what you have going on in your kitchen, it might be best to do this section by section, especially if you have a lot of clutter. Start with the counters and clear them off so you have room to work. Go through the drawers, then the cabinets. Also, it’s a good idea to clean as you go. When you clear off a counter or a cabinet, wipe it down. That way the decluttering and cleaning is done all at once.
Put Things Back in Their New Home
Now its time to start putting the items you’ve kept in their new homes. Remember we are organizing, so we don’t want to put things back haphazardly. Group like items with like items. Put things back in a way that makes it easy for you to see what is there.
A good way to do this is with shelf and drawer organizers. You can find all types of organizers at pretty much any store. Find some organizers that help you use the vertical space as well. Check out some options below.
Clear the Counters
A good way to make your kitchen not look so cluttered is to clear as much off the counters as you can. This might not be possible if you don’t have a lot of cabinet space. A lot of people like to keep appliances off the counters. If it’s something you don’t use too often, consider putting in cabinets or keeping on a shelf in the garage.
If there are things you must keep out, can you display them in a visually appealing way? Put items in canisters or apothecary jars like the ones below.
Put the Kitchen to Bed
After doing all that work, the last thing you probably want to do is mess it up! But, this is your home, you live in it, your family lives there, you have people over, and it will get messed up and that’s ok. Just try to stay on top of keeping your kitchen clean as much as possible. A great way to do that is to “put your kitchen to bed at night.” It doesn’t have to be a major cleaning job, but put the dishes in the dishwasher, wipe down the cabinets and take out the trash. Just think about how good it will feel to wake up to a beautifully cleaned kitchen in the morning and it will get your day started off right.
Once you have everything the way you want it, and everything in its place, you’re done! Sit back and relax in your freshly cleaned and organized kitchen. If you are following along in this series, you have done A LOT of work in a short amount of time. Together we organized the pantry, organized the fridge and freezer, organized your recipes, and cleaned and organized the kitchen. You should be very proud of yourself!
This post is part of the Get Your Kitchen Organized series.