It’s the holiday season….so chances are it’s the “most craziest time of the year” inside your kitchen.
Whether you are planning to entertain friends and family or just trying out some delicious recipes with those who share your home, one of the best ways to minimize stress and frustration this time of year is to start clean with a decluttered kitchen. Of course, decluttering your kitchen is generally much easier said than done.
If you’re looking for some simple steps to help you declutter your kitchen for the holidays, here are 5 tips to help you get started:
1. Check Your Kitchen Cleaning Supplies
First, make sure you have on hand all the basic kitchen cleaning supplies you’ll need to get and keep your kitchen clean and organized.
Here’s a checklist with some eco-friendly options too:
- Sponges (grab a 5-pack)
- Kitchen / Dish Towels
- Microfiber Cloths
- Mop and Bucket
- Dishwashing Soap
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
2. Clean Off Your Kitchen Countertops
In kitchens, one of the most common places for clutter to accumulate is on the countertops. However, you will need plenty of countertop space for all your baking and cooking prep. Plus, your kitchen will instantly feel more open, spacious, and clean once your countertops are cleared.
To effectively clear off your countertops, first remove everything that can be disposed or recycled. Then, identify all the items you want to keep but that don’t belong in your kitchen, and find (or create) a designed place to keep these items elsewhere in your home. Finally, find storage spots inside your kitchen so that you can keep as many kitchen items as possible off the countertops, especially items you won’t use on a daily basis.
Your next step is to group together those few select items you want to keep on your countertop – for example, you can gather fruits and vegetables into baskets or bins, or create a spot near the stove for all your cooking oils (ideally in beautifully decorative bottles).
3. Take Stock of Your Spices and Dry Goods
Perhaps you have a pantry in your home, but wherever you store your dry good and spices, now is the time to go through and get rid of anything that is past the expiration date or that you are not likely to use. Many organizations host food drives this time of year, so you can do good by donating those still-good items to those who will appreciate them more.
Also, this is a great time to take an inventory of what you have stored in case there are any ingredients you will want to buy for your holiday cooking.
4. Empty Out Your Fridge
Now is also a good time to clean out your refrigerator. Take out everything on top of and inside your fridge. Go shelf by shelf from top to bottom and toss anything you no longer need.
This is also a good time to wipe down your refrigerator shelves and clean up anything that might have spilled.
5. Maximize Your Storage Capacity
If you feel like you never have enough storage space in your kitchen, there are steps you can take to maximize your available storage.
For example, you might want to install a pot rack from your upper walls or ceiling, or place a magnetic rack for the side of your fridge to make use of otherwise empty space. You might even want a few additional “accent cabinets” to add extra storage to your kitchen.
Do you need new or additional cabinets to help you manage clutter and get your kitchen ready for the holidays?
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