How To... De-Clutter Your Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most popular places in your home and it's the place where you prepare all your meals, so you want to make sure it's both clean and clutter-free! Here's how to keep the kitchen looking great without too much fuss.
Step 1: Make the most of your counter space
To avoid having your countertops look cluttered, make sure everything that is not kitchen-essential is moved out of that room. Instead of just putting bananas on the counter, find a great banana hook or three-tiered platter that you can display fruit on without taking up added countertop area.
Step 2: Create storage areas
Don't just drop your keys, wallet and cell phone on the counter when you come home from a long day. Hang an organizer shelf on one wall and store those items there until you need them again.
Step 3: Utilize technology
Posting coupons all over the fridge is a great way to ensure you'll see them every day, but it doesn't make for a streamlined look. Invest in an inexpensive coupon box or plastic envelope and refer to it when you are making your grocery list.
Step 4: Clean as you go
Don't allow dishes to pile up in the sink — put them straight into the dishwasher or hand wash the items you've used and put them on a drying rack or hand dry them immediately. If you have company, of course, wait until the party's over to get to the dirty work.
Step 5: Hide unnecessary items
Though accessories like spice racks and utensil caddies are designed to be part of your kitchen decor these days, try to limit the number of accessories and small appliances (such as coffeemakers, automatic can openers, juicers, etc.) that sit out on your counter. Keep these items in cabinets or your pantry and pull them out only when you need them.
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