The kitchen is often considered the heart of the house, and for good reason. It’s the place where people gather to cook, eat, talk, throw parties or spend a peaceful moment while sipping a cup of tea or coffee. Apart from being a necessity, kitchens are also spaces that can create connection, bring people together and turn an ordinary house into a cozy and welcoming environment.
Since the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a house, fulfilling so many different purposes, it can also get extremely messy with ease. Regardless of its size, keeping a kitchen clean and tidy is a constant challenge for most people. You’ve finally managed to get it neat and organized, and the next thing you know there are piles of unwashed dishes in the sink, appliances getting in your way, and all sorts of other kitchen utensils all over the place.
So, what can you do to end this seemingly endless cycle and get rid of the clutter in your kitchen once and for all? Well, you don’t necessarily need a bigger kitchen – unless you really want and can afford one, which is always a great idea. But there are other more cost-effective ways to fix this issue that can work just as well. Here are a few simple ideas that can help you out.
Know your needs
Many kitchen organizing problems stem from the fact that people often underestimated their storage requirements or they simply don’t know how to evaluate their needs when designing their kitchens. That’s how they end up purchasing kitchen furniture that isn’t a good fit for them or picking the wrong layout for their space.
It’s therefore important to assess your specific needs and figure out what would work best for you when designing or remodeling your kitchen. Choosing the right kitchen cabinets and units, and creating a kitchen plan that complements your space can help you get rid of many of the problems you’re dealing with right now.
Use smart storage solutions
Keep in mind that not even the most spacious kitchen cabinets and generous storage units can save you from kitchen clutter if you don’t organize the items inside properly. Sweeping the mess under the rug won’t make it go away. You’ll still get a headache every time you open your drawers and cabinets.
Luckily, there are countless smart storage solutions to help you eliminate chaos and restore order in your kitchen. Some of the solutions we love include integrating compartments in unused areas, installing hooks to keep kitchen items like pots, pans, and utensils right within reach, using draw dividers, turntables, or bins for bulk produce, and so on. Choose the ones that you find suitable for your own situation to make the most out of every corner of your kitchen.
Do the dishes
This is an issue that most people are all too familiar with: the sink that is constantly filled with unwashed dishes. We’d love to tell you there’s a quick and easy solution to fix this as well, but the truth is there’s only one way to solve the problem: wash your dishes more often and don’t let them pile up in the sink.
Obviously, purchasing a dishwasher can help a lot in this respect, but you’ll still have to find the motivation to do the dishes even when you don’t feel like it. It’s a matter of creating a routine and sticking to it. Clean up when you have to and you won’t feel embarrassed by the mountains of dirty dishes in your kitchen again.
Give each appliance a home
There’s no denying that kitchen appliances can make your life infinitely easier, but not if they occupy all the space and you stumble over them every time we step into the kitchen. Your toaster, your kettle, your hand blender, your pressure cooker, or any other appliance that you use in the kitchen can easily turn into enemies of order if you don’t have a place for each and every one of them.
Tired of seeing your countertops cluttered with these items? Then it’s time to find a proper home for them. You can either store them all in one place or you can find a dedicated space for each item. Both solutions are effective as long as you’ll be able to get the appliances out of your way and gain more countertop space in your kitchen.
Get rid of useless items
Sometimes kitchen clutter is caused by poor organization skills, and other times it’s caused by emotional attachment. Both can be to blame for the disorder and mess that have taken over your kitchen, and both can be fixed.
Wondering what emotional attachment has to do with it? It’s simple: people get attached to certain objects, kitchen items included, so they have a hard time getting rid of them even if they don’t need or use them anymore. That’s why we suggest you take a quick tour of your kitchen and make a list of all the things that clutter the space unnecessarily. We promise you’ll feel relieved once you let go of them.
Let your kitchen be a kitchen
Just like we’ve mentioned in the beginning, apart from cooking and eating, the kitchen can serve many other purposes. It’s absolutely great if you like to turn your kitchen into a party venue every now and then or if you use it as a reading nook sometimes, as long as these purposes are temporary and don’t interfere with your kitchen’s functionality.
It’s important to refrain from permanently transforming a kitchen into something other than what it is, such as a mudroom, an art studio, or a home office. This will add unnecessary clutter to the space and you won’t be able to use it as you once did. The best thing to do is to create different areas of your house for different needs and let your kitchen be a kitchen first and foremost.