In this weeks post I have for you a few organising ideas for your kitchen. If you have been following my decluttering plan you will know we are working our way through this busy space. If you missed the post about my #declutterin15 plan you can find here, and I found you want Tom see how I decluttered and organised my hallway, you can read it here.
Using my declutter plan I have been tackling the:
- utensils drawer
- under the sink
- pots and pans
- food cupboard
- crockery,cups & glasses
- cookery books
In my #declutterin15 plan post I talk about how I do my decluttering. I don’t tackle it all in one go, as that is overwhelming. Break it down into chunks like the ones above and then tackle each one on it’s own. I set a timer for 15 minutes to see how much I can get done in that time.
Below I have written a little bit about how I tackle each area with links to posts on how I have organised these areas too.
I pull everything forward and find the things that don’t belong there and put them away. Dont’t forget to go through the things that stand on the counter tops like the utensils post or the stash of oils you have for cooking. So now you will hopefully be left with clear sufraces that take a lot quicker to clean up of an evening.
For the utensil drawer get everything out, clean out the drawer and then sort through what was in there. If you haven’t used it for a year throw it out if it’s broken or donate it. I found three corkscrews when I did mine and now only one is in the drawer. One is now in the camping utensil drawer in the garage and the other is all ready to take to the beach hut in the summer. You never know when you need to open a bottle of wine!
If you are looking at sorting through that drawer that has a lot of your large utensils in as well as other things, then check out this post.
Under the sink
Next it’s time to take a look under the sink. Last year I tackled this area as it was driving me mad that I couldn’t find anything. You can read how I organised it here. This year I have gone through each box and cleared out anything out of date or no longer needed.
Pots and pans
Pots and pans can be like utensils, they kind of grow and before you know it you have double of everything. Have a sort through, throw away anything that is broken and donate things if you have double. If you need some ideas on how to store your pots and pans then check out this post from last year.
Now I will admit this is one cupboard I haven’t tackled on the organising front yet. But I have decluttered it. First, get it all out and check that each tub has a lid. If it doesn’t throw it, and that’s the same for spare lids if you have any. I plan to organise it soon so watch this space as I will share what I do.
We store all our food in one big pantry cupboard. It can get a bit overwhelming when you open it up though. You may have a couple of cupboards so tackle one at a time. Have a good sort through, throw away any out of date food and maybe think about decanting foods like rice, pasta, spaghetti, flour, sugar, cereal etc. into jars. This will help free up some space and you can easily see how much you have of everything. Also put like for like foods together – breakfast, packed lunch things, baking things etc.
Our shelves are very tall and there is a lot of wasted space. So I have used these mini shelves to create extra storage in the cupboard.
I also use baskets to store those like for like foods – crisps, snacks, breakfast type jars. You can see how I use them here.
Crockery, cups and glasses
Now if you are like us this is spread across a number of cupboards. Again, tackle one at a time, taking everything out so you can see what you have. If any are really badly chipped chuck them. If you have half a dinner service maybe think about donating it, making sure you have enough plates etc. for the family to eat off, obviously. When you are putting things back also think about if that cupboard is right for it. Could the contents be better in another one.
Also think about how you use your kitchen. We have a cupboard above the coffee machine and kettle that is full of all our mugs and the fridge is directly underneath. That means we can stand in one spot to make a coffee and not have to move around the kitchen.
I don’t know about you but our collection of books just grow and grow. Take a look at the ones you have and ask yourself when was the last time you used it? Has it been over a year? Will you be using it soon? If not maybe donate it. If you are holding onto it for maybe just that one recipe, take a picture so it’s always on your phone or ipad. These days though, you could probably find anything online.
And that’s it for my kitchen declutter. If you are still looking for inspiration on how to organise some areas then why not check out my Kitchen Organnising Ideas Pinterest Board:
Next on my decluttering plan is the lounge. To see what I plan to do in the lounge subscribe to my blog and you will be sent a full list of my #declutterin15 plan.
Lets get organised