Written by Debra Wyatt (last updated May 10, 2022)
There are places in a home that just naturally seem to collect clutter and it seems that the kitchen is one of the main attractions for disorganization and clutter. It seems like the kitchen counter is the place where the mail is placed, children's homework, and dishes stack up. After all, the kitchen is usually the gathering room for the family. Now add the small kitchen appliances along with the entire cute decorator items to the clutter. Next thing you know there is no longer space on your kitchen counters or any other flat surface in the kitchen.
We have heard many times that the kitchen is the heart of the home. An organized kitchen can be the bright gathering spot of any home. The kitchen is where family and friends tend to gather. It can be a room that is enjoyed by family and friends if you follow some simple tips to help you keep it organized. Maintaining a clutter-free kitchen really is simple. The first thing to be done is to eliminate the clutter.
The best way to do this is to start with a garbage bag and begin to throw away all the garbage that is lying around the kitchen, on top of the counter, and on any other flat surfaces in the kitchen. With the garbage out of the way move on to removing anything that doesn't belong in the kitchen. If you need to remove a lot of things to different rooms, get a container like a basket or box and place the items into the container. You don't want to put them away just yet; it is important to stay focused and on task in the kitchen.
The counter and any other flat surfaces in the kitchen should now only contain the things that belong in the kitchen. Move all the small kitchen appliances and decorating items to one area, leaving the counter space clear of all items. Wash the counter and then dry it.
Look at all of the kitchen appliances that are waiting to be put back on the counter. Clean all of them and only place the ones that are used every day back onto the counter. The rest of the small appliances need to be stored either in a closet or inside a kitchen cabinet.
Now it is time to decide what to do with the decorating items that were on the counter. If they don't serve a purpose get rid of them. Place just a few of the items onto the counter.
Also think about all the paper that accumulated in the kitchen. If you have room, get the paper out of the kitchen and into another room. This helps eliminate a huge part of the clutter. If the paper needs to stay in the kitchen then use a basket or some type of container that can store the mail and other papers. Just remember to not let the paper accumulate.
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Hi Debra! Love the tips for an organized kitchen but I have a problem with my family. They allow the last five or six slices of bread in its bag and they stack up everywhere on top of each other since we all like different types. I've suggested a bread box and met with, well, let's say screaming resistance. I can barely cook anything because that's not the only leftover half-full food packages that they pile up on the table, dishwasher (portable) and the new granite counter top! Where can I put this stuff where it's not in the way but accessible?