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Zone In on that Kitchen Clutter

A kitchen is more than just another room in your house. It’s a special place that is the center of your family’s universe. This is not only where you cook your meals. It is a place where the family lingers at any time of the day and night. It is where company gathers before, during, and after the meal. Your children may use the kitchen table as a place to study after school while they are eating their post-school snack. Let’s face it, the kitchen is a sanctuary and should be treated as more than just another room.

This is why it is important to do your best to remove clutter especially from your kitchen. But what’s the best way to tackle this problem? Well, the smartest thing to do is to look at your kitchen as a set of zones. Each zone should be attacked one by one and, before you know it, you will have a kitchen that will properly represent the sanctuary that it truly can be.

Zone 1 – Kitchen Cabinets
Your kitchen cabinets keep everything out of sight and out of mind. A little organization and structure within your kitchen cabinets can go a long way to making your life in the kitchen that much easier. The first thing you want to do is to remove everything from each cabinet. If you have cans of food items that have been in there for more than 6 months, you may want to consider donating them to a local shelter. Obviously you don’t have an immediate need for them. Thoroughly clean out the shelves and when you start putting the food items back in, place the items on the top shelf that you use occasionally and your more frequently used items on the lower shelves. Discard any items that you will never use.

Zone 2 – Under the Sink
This is an area that can be put to good use. Consider purchasing some stacking bins where you can place cleaning products and sponges. You can also use these bins to store potatoes, onions, and garlic so that they are easily accessible the next time you need them for your nightly meal.

Zone 3 – Kitchen Drawers
Clutter can run rampant in a kitchen drawer. Consider organizing those drawers with kitchen drawer organizers. Most of them are expandable and they allow the homeowner to add a custom and organized look to your kitchen drawers. You can also purchase drawer inserts made especially for your spice bottles so that your spices are at your fingertips. Drawer organizers also come in the form of dividers that expand and fit snugly in your drawers so that you can separate various items rather than having them cluttered in one disorganized drawer.

Photo By: Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones

Zone 4 – Countertops
Your countertop is your work space in the kitchen. If you have a kitchen island, that adds even more work space for the homeowner. Keeping your counters organized and clutter-free is important if you need to quickly access certain kitchen items. Kitchen canister sets allow you to store those dry goods like flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. The uses for these canister sets are many as you may want to also store raisins, chocolate chips, or even coffee for easy access. Keeping your countertops as clear and organized as possible will make your life in the kitchen that much easier.

Zoning in on the clutter in your kitchen is a worthwhile effort. Tackle one zone at a time and, before you know it, your will have a well-organized, efficient work space that will serve you and your family for years to come.

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