Blog originally published on August 15, 2017. Updated on November 16, 2022.
A clutter-free kitchen seems like an unattainable dream for many busy families and homeowners. Why is it that the kitchen seems to swallow and encompass all the junk, extra stuff, and mess of the house? The kitchen can be a black hole of "things," especially with a nice countertop that never seems to shine through the "things" and the high foot traffic the kitchen is used to. Yet, some of the tips below can alleviate the stress of a cluttered kitchen — on a budget!
Read on for decluttering tips, kitchen organization ideas, and more! For more extensive kitchen renovation help, reach out to Holland Kitchen & Baths today. Contact us online or by calling (860) 236-3111.
Maximize Precious Counter Space
It is a bad habit to have the counter covered in items from all over the house and outside, and it is a habit that needs to be broken. Some kitchen gadgets and small appliances such as toaster ovens and air fryers can be stored in cabinets unless you use them daily. Keep your cutting boards, mixing bowls, and baking sheets stacked away in cabinets, and use a lazy Susan for easy access to spices, baking essentials, and canned food items. Over-the-door hooks for paper towels and aluminum foil can also help you save space.
Walls Aren't Just for Artwork!
Even if you're working with a small space, you can utilize empty wall space in a smart way to help declutter your kitchen. Take an empty wall and add potential with a wall-hanging shelf to get some things off the ground or out of some jam-packed cabinets. A wall-hanging shelf or hanging rack can also be handy for your coffee mugs, cooking utensils, pots, and pans. You could even add additional cupboards and cabinets if you have enough open space.
Invest in Food Storage Containers
Keep your kitchen cabinets and pantry items tidy and organized with clear multi-purpose food storage containers. These can also help with portion control, and setting up snack stations for kids makes packing lunches a breeze!
Decluttering Kitchen "Junk" Drawers
Most of us have a junk drawer, but once it is filled, it needs to be cleared to make room for more items. Keep only what you really need and get rid of the rest! A drawer divider or pull-out organizer can help you avoid messy drawers.
Stay on Schedule and Keep Cleaning Supplies Easily Accessible
The best piece of advice for decluttering a kitchen is to be consciously aware of what does not belong. Clean the cabinets of dated materials, wash dirty dishes quickly, and stay on top of excess. A proactive effort to clean the kitchen once a week will go a long way in keeping the kitchen space usable and inviting.
With routine cleaning for your fridge and kitchen, decluttering doesn't have to become a daunting task. Plus, it will also help you stay aware of what ingredients you need to use up before their expiration date!
How Kitchen Renovation Can Help
An organized kitchen makes cooking and entertaining easier. In some cases, you may also want to consider a small home renovation to help allow for more space in the kitchen. This could come in the form of a kitchen island. If there is not enough room to begin with, consider adding an extra ground-standing shelf in the corner. A skilled kitchen design contractor can help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams.
Enjoy the Kitchen You've Always Dreamed of with Holland Kitchen & Baths
Sometimes a kitchen renovation can bring life and more space to your kitchen, which may help you declutter more. If you're interested in a kitchen renovation or kitchen cabinetry services, contact the team at Holland Kitchen & Baths today.