The kitchen is one of my favorite places to be. You know that I love cooking and baking with the kids, but it can get into a disarray in no time. Getting your kitchen organized and keeping it that way has always been a challenge for me. This year, I decided to buckle down and make sure my kitchen is organized, so I can spend more time with my family and less time with a cluttered counter.
6 Simple Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Organized
- Clear off your counters: For the love of clean, your kitchen will never be organized if you can’t get control of the clutter. It’s truly amazing how much energy it takes to just look at clutter. Take a few minutes each day and either throw away the clutter or put it in its rightful place.
- Throw away old junk: I noticed that in my kitchen, I have a ton of old junk. Whether it is old spices or old papers from years ago, it’s time to pitch it all. People are scared to throw away things because they “might” need it later. The key to getting organized is to make sure you toss what you don’t need and stop collecting old junk you’ll never use.
- Get your family to help: Another way to get the kitchen organized is to get your family to help. Washing their own dishes, picking up after themselves, and just being more vigilant about putting stuff away. Get them to concentrate on knowing that organizing is a family thing and not just a mom thing. (Can I get an amen?)
- Get creative: No kitchen is going to look the same when it comes to organization. In my kitchen, I love to be creative with the things I’ve already got lying around. I might use a lazy Susan to help me organize a cabinet or I may use mason jars to organize smaller things like pens, dry beans, small utensils, etc. Organization comes easy when you are a little creative with what you have in your home. Just remember: you don’t have to have a large budget or a big house to stay organized.
- Give everything its own space: A great way to keep things like utensils, cookbooks, and measuring spoons organized is to give them their own space. Not only will those areas be more organized, but they will be easier to keep organized going forward, and everything will be easier to find in a pinch, too.
- Get rid of the extra: If you have two sets of dishes and 100 different types of cups, it may be time to part with some items. It is ridiculous to try to stay organized when you can’t keep track of how many dish sets you have. Pick a favorite dish set and pass the extras on to someone who is just starting out. College students are great candidates. I also love dropping off extras at the thrift store.
Maybe organizing your kitchen isn’t your favorite thing, but look at the bright side… imagine how much better everything will look and feel when it’s done. Give me your tips for organizing your kitchen!
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