The Friday before last I spent the entire day with a close family member helping him declutter his kitchen. It was long overdue.
We gave the kitchen a “refresh” a few years ago with new countertops, sink, faucet, backsplash and paint color. It made such a huge difference. At the time I distinctly remember asking if we could tackle the cupboards and drawers but alas, I was turned down flat. To me a kitchen renovation is never complete unless the inside is done too. Oh well, better late than never.
We found moldy food in cupboards where food shouldn’t have been. We discarded glasses and mugs and utensils and pots and cutlery and expired food. The perfect example of a kitchen completed stuffed until it could hold no more. Pots piled on top of each other, food tumbling out of overflowing cupboards, containers piled high many of them with no tops. I can’t quite understand where the tops go? They are akin to lost socks I suppose.
By the end of the day we had several bags of recycling and garbage. We filled the kitchen compost bin several times and the back of my van was full of donations.
Considering that the kitchen is truly the hub of the home, having it organized really does make life easier. Here are a few tips that might help.
- Buy fewer gizmos and gadgets. You can still prepare food quite adequately with minimal implements.
- Replace your mismatched mixing bowls and plastic containers with bowls that nest and glass containers that nest nicely as well.
- Attach removable adhesive hooks to the inside of cabinet doors to hold oven mitts and tea towels.
- Clear the counters as much as possible by storing appliances away unless you use them every day.
- If you have an issue with paper accumulating on your kitchen counters take the time to create a new path for paper where it goes immediately into a system either on a sideboard in the kitchen or even better in a home office.
- Set aside time every week to maintain your organized kitchen. It is one of the rooms that requires constant tidying and regular purging.
If you plan to tackle your kitchen this summer, set aside an entire day and just do it. I normally suggest breaking down organizing projects into smaller time slots but the best way to get the kitchen done is all at once. By the end you will probably have a tired back and sore feet so make sure you reward yourself afterwards maybe with a nice cold beverage on the patio.