Let’s face it, the kitchen is where everyone hangs out. It is where we spend a large part of our time with family and friends. What’s behind cabinet doors and drawers, on top of counters and in pantries can become disorganized and cluttered with our daily activities. Take back this space with the kitchen re-imagined.
It is time to re-imagine how items in your kitchen can be reorganized into a crisp, clean, and clutter-free space. Here we will outline four simple steps you can use to take back your kitchen.
- Clear the Clutter. We hear this a lot these days. But it’s true, less is more. I know, this can be tricky as we may have grown up in a society of bigger is better, but slowly this idea is changing and being replaced with the “only keep the items we use” attitude. The Tiny House is an extreme but good example of only using what you need. To get started, take everything off the kitchen counters and give your counters a good clean. Slowly add back items to the counters that really do need to be there because you use them every day such as a container of cooking utensils, coffeepot, or fruit bowl. For the remaining items think, can I store elsewhere in the kitchen? Do I need the item(s) in the kitchen? Can I throw away or donate? Make sure to have a basket or tray for keys and mail if your kitchen is an entry point.
Ease of Reach. Be sure to include in the kitchen re-imagined consideration for what to do with all your kitchen items. Sometimes we may have accumulated so many of them that what we use is no longer conveniently located. To remedy this, take the time to list what pots, pans, utensils, and small kitchen appliances you use on any given day of food prep. Relocate these items to cabinetry near where you work…whether it is a drawer, upper or lower cabinets or even the pantry. These items are the most important and should garner the top real estate in your kitchen.
Now you are probably left with other non-essential cooking utensils, pots, pans, etc. Really assess how and when you use them. If rarely or never, donate them. If occasionally, put them on the highest shelf in your pantry or in the cabinet over your refrigerator. Letting go and freeing up coveted kitchen cabinetry and pantry space will make the space feel lighter, brighter and most importantly, will bring back the joy of cooking in a kitchen made for you. You may even find space for crafts with your kids, a place for a cookbook stand or iPad…let your imagination run wild.
- Imagination to Application. And speaking of imagination… take your vision of creating a place to sit and have a glass of wine, hang with family, or read a book while supper is cooking and make it a reality. You literally have a clean slate to work with to apply your vision. (Exciting, right?!) You will find it so satisfying and it will be the impetus to keep your kitchen clean and clutter free.
- Final Touch. Now, you have cleared the clutter, have an organized kitchen and created a special place. The final touch is to add something that makes you smile, makes you happy and joyful. Flowers are my go-to, but you could add scented candles, a dock for listening to music or podcasts, extra seating for family or guests. You do you and enjoy your brand “new” kitchen!
The Kitchen Re-Imagined…the possibilities are endless. What are you waiting for? Get started today!