Isn’t it frustrating to have to keep looking for kitchen supplies? Or when you find out that a food package is past the expiration date?
This is what happens when you have a cluttered kitchen. In fact, a disorganized kitchen can cause you to make impulse purchases and even lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. So it’s worth your time to simplify and declutter your small kitchen.
To help you, we’ve prepared simple organizational tips. These will help you pare down your kitchen supplies to the essentials. Plus, these tips will help you keep your kitchen clutter-free in the long run.
But First, Is A Cluttered Kitchen A Big Deal?
You might think that a cluttered kitchen will not have any adverse effect on your health.
Well, think again!
Aside from accidentally consuming expired food, a messy kitchen is also said to cause you to snack more. According to a study, messy kitchens influence snacking behavior. Participants in a chaotic kitchen are found to consume more food than those in neat, tidy kitchens.
Why? Because when people are in a messy environment, they feel out of control. This leads to a tendency to eat more, especially junk food.
Another study found a strong correlation between hoarding behaviors and stress. This means the more items in your home, the higher your stress levels will be. That said, a kitchen full of useless supplies and equipment can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress.
Ready to get organize your kitchen?
Declutter Your Small Kitchen in 5 Easy Steps
Step 1: Think Like a Minimalist
First, take a good look at your kitchen. Which items do you use? Which ones are left gathering dust in the corner?
Make an objective assessment. You need to get rid of anything that doesn’t have a clear purpose. To help you get started, here are a few tips:
- Set aside frequently used utensils, supplies, appliances, and other tools.
- Do you have any duplicate items? Keep one and consider getting rid of or giving away the other one.
- Do you have any single-use items? Can they be replaced? If they don’t cost much, consider tossing them away.
- Throw away old, broken, or rusty items.
- Consider whether you really need a kitchen tool. For instance, an egg slicer is good to have. But if you already have a knife, then an egg slicer really isn’t essential. So consider giving it away to those who might need it.
Most importantly, test your appliances and gadgets. Make sure that everything in your small kitchen works in excellent condition. Donate or trash anything that you won’t need anymore.
Step 2: Ask These Questions as You Declutter Your Small Kitchen
- Do I use this? You probably have appliances, cooking tools, and tableware that you don’t use often. These items are taking up precious space. So avoid holding on to those items. Instead of asking, “Will I use this someday?”- ask whether you’re using it at the present. If not, let them go. Donate, give away to a family or friend, or throw it away.
- How many do I have? Keep only what you’re using in your everyday life. People have the tendency to keep “extras” and this can quickly get out of hand. Keep your favorites and what’s necessary, then donate the rest.
- Does this item bring me joy? This may sound cliché, but it’s an important question to ask. If the item’s design and functionality don’t appeal to you anymore, sell or donate it.
Step 3: Downsize Tableware
Do you usually invite family or friends over? If not, then there’s really no need to keep more than ten pieces of tableware.
That said, take inventory of your plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, and utensils. Then determine how many you use in your everyday life. For instance, if you’re a family of three, keeping five or six pieces of each tableware is more than enough.
Although it’s fun to buy and display these pieces, they can end up crowding your cupboards. But if you have special tableware, you can always put them in storage. But make sure to free up space in your cupboard.
Another option is to use upscale disposable dinnerware instead the next time you host a gathering at home.
Step 4: Organize Cupboards and Cabinets
Now that you have cut down on the number of items you have, it’s time to organize them.
Pick a logical place for everything.
For example, plates, glasses, mugs, and other similar items should go together. Additionally, place pots and pans within easy reach in your cooking area. You can also purchase pantry organizer bins, condiment holders, and other kitchen organizers.
Here’s an additional tip: When it comes to organizing your kitchen pantry, check the expiration date of your food packages, like canned goods. Those items that are expiring soon must be placed near the front. And the next time you add to your stock, place the newly purchased ones at the back. Doing so will help you keep track of your food and avoid waste.
Step 5: Keep Your Countertop Free From Clutter
Your countertop can provide much-needed space for preparing food and other activities. That said, keep this space free of clutter.
Here are a few tips to keep your countertop space neat and tidy:
- Immediately wash dishes left on your sink and countertop after preparing or eating food.
- Use storage containers for flour, sugar, and other dry goods. Keep these containers in a cabinet or pantry.
- If possible, put away appliances that are not used frequently. For instance, if you have a toaster, keep it stored when not in use.
Unlike other areas in your house, the kitchen requires constant cleaning and tidying. If you fail to stay on top of it, the mess can get out of hand real quick.
That said, make sure to set aside time to clean up and declutter your small kitchen. I promise you you’ll feel a lot better with a kitchen that looks and smells clean!
What are your tips and tricks for decluttering the kitchen? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.