With Summer approaching, the feeling of starting new on a fresh clean slate is the aura of the season. Start your spring-cleaning venture at the heart of your home, the kitchen! There are so many areas that need your attention, power scrubbing the refrigerator, deep cleans the oven and stove, and tidying up all of your pots and pans, the options are endless. This year lets focus on de-cluttering your countertops.
It’s easy to throw items on your countertops and after some time a mountain of cereal boxes, utensils, and appliances form. Now you’re thinking, “I need to organize all of this somehow.” There are solutions that will help solve your clutter problem that are simple and easy to apply.
Before buying any fancy gadgets or cabinets, start developing smart habits that minimize any clutter buildup on the countertops. The perfect routine, to begin with, is practicing the “one in, one out” rule. The practice basically says that if you bring one new item into the kitchen, one old item needs to be taken out. This allows a controllable balance and slows down the clutter take over.
Another suggestion is “don’t put it down, just put it away” rule. This second rule is pretty self-explanatory, but just for clarity; don’t just sit the cereal box down on the counter, put it back in the cabinet. Simple.
The goal of de-cluttering is eliminating any unnecessary items and placing them in an area that is clever or nonconventional. Start by hanging cooking utensils in the area you use the most, above the stove. Purchase a utensil hanging rack that is stylish and goes with the décor of your kitchen. You will be able to store silverware, cooking utensils, and some spices. These leaves room for bigger appliances to be placed on your countertop.
Cooking utensils are not the only items that can be placed above their respective area, but so can dishes. Hang a permanent dish rack over the sink. The fact that it is hanging, it allows dishes to drip dry and still be stylish. This also eliminates a dry rack being placed on the countertop and gives cabinets extra room inside too.
Cutting boards can be difficult to figure out where to place them and if they are on the countertop they take up a lot of space. This spring try something new and strap them to the inside of cabinet doors. At least three different sized cutting boards can fit comfortably.
Next, if you have an island that has open storage, don’t be afraid to store your favorite cookbooks and extra objects like large bowls or a waffle maker. This gives you easy access because of its open style.
What can really bring down the aesthetic of your kitchen is placing ugly bulky cereal and snack boxes on the countertop. One solution is transferring the treats into matching clear containers. That takes care of the unappealing boxes but the containers are now taking up needed space. So, invest in a pullout cabinet that neatly organizes your sweets, treats, and pasta.
Spring cleaning does not have to be a drag; especially if you develop better cleaning habits you’ve won half the battle. Then add some of these clever tricks like strapping cutting boards aids in you taking control of the whole kitchen. So start your de-clutter journey now, your countertop will thank you.