How To Declutter Your Kitchen

how to declutter your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. It brings people together and creates memories. When you’re in your kitchen you want to feel relaxed and inspired. Read on to discover how to declutter your kitchen and make it live up to its full potential.

Make a Plan

Before you start to declutter your kitchen, make a plan. Start a list of the different zones in your kitchen. These could include the pantry, under the sink, pots and pans, glassware, etc. Then, decide where you want to start.

Timing is an important factor. When organizing your pantry, do so before a big grocery shop so that you won’t have extra food items to go through. This also allows you to know exactly what needs to be replenished. Under the sink usually involves chemicals, so if you have young children, this task is best done when they are not at home, or are in bed.

Make Piles

Take everything from a specific zone and put it in a different place, like the table. This allows you to start fresh and really see what you have. It’s also a great opportunity to clean the area before you put anything back.

Make piles as you go through your items: keep, donate, garbage. Really think about if you need the item. If it’s a seasonal item, like a Christmas platter, decide if it should be kept in the kitchen or if there is a different storage area it can live in for the rest of the year.

Items like coffee mugs can accumulate quickly. Think about how many people in the house actually use them, and try to pair them down. Often there will be a set of coffee mugs that came with the dishes and more unique ones that may have been gifts. Think about which ones you use. There’s no point keeping coffee mugs just because they match the plates.

If you’re really not sure if you need an item or not, put a little tag on it. If you find that the item isn’t used in the upcoming months, be sure to get rid of it.

Don’t buy too many organizers

It can be a knee-jerk reaction when you start to declutter your kitchen to run out and buy nice-looking organizers. But try to be patient. Wait until you have gone through everything before buying baskets and bins. This will ensure that you buy the right amount. Also, try to keep the same style so that everything looks unified.

If you find that down the road you feel like you need to buy more organizers for your items, don’t. Instead of buying more baskets to keep items in, try to pare down the amount of items in the first place.

Keep to a Theme

Kitchens are not overly large spaces, so it’s important to keep to one theme. A unified look will bring the room together and keep it looking simple and clean. All stainless steel appliances show a modern look. Choose either chrome or brass fixtures, not both. Simplicity doesn’t mean boring; it means quality.