Kitchens are one of the busiest rooms in the home and as such, can also become the most cluttered and chaotic. I’ve been trying out things to help keep it clean and simple, so here I share with you my 5 tips to keep a simple kitchen.
1. Clear the fridge. By removing almost everything from the surface of the fridge, it makes a much cleaner kitchen, both in the look of it and the actual surface. Eliminating cards, pictures, and calendars from the fridge can by done by hanging them somewhere else. For me, I chose to look inside the cupboards and that is where I place anything I need quick visual access to. You’re likely opening many cupboards frequently enough that it can also be a great place to put artwork or anything else that makes you smile.
2. Clear the counters. Nothing says “zen” quite like clear countertops. It is never an easy task to keep things from piling up on the counters but start by clearing off the small appliances. It may seem like a hassle at first to be taking those things out that you use every day, but consider if you use your toaster or coffee maker every day for 15 minutes, why is it hogging valuable real estate on your counters the other 500+ minutes of the day? It also makes cleaning the counters a breeze, with no appliances to move or clean around. Try to make it a goal to have 3/4 of your counters empty for the end and beginning of each day to help keep the momentum going.
3. Clear the sinks. It is easy to let dishes fester, but I know from experience, they don’t get any cleaner the longer they sit there. I have oftentimes gone to bed thinking “I’m too tired to wash those tonight” but I am never any more enthusiastic about waking up to a pile of dirty dishes needing washing before I even have breakfast. Put in the effort to clean them as soon as they’re dirty, or at the very least by the end of the day. Remember, if it takes less than two minutes to complete a task, do it immediately; you’ll be thankful you did!
4. Keep an empty shelf. Even small and multi-purpose kitchens can apply this trick, as you see in my video. Having an empty shelf makes you prepared for those inevitable “uninvited guests” in your kitchen. I love having space already cleared behind closed doors so I’m not frantically cramming things on top of the fridge, only to forget where I put them when they’re needed. Make it your goal to have some empty shelf in your kitchen, and soon you might want to apply this trick to every room in your home!
5. Limit dishes. By not having excessive plates, cups, bowls, and cutlery, you are already going to have tidier shelves. Try to keep within reach only the dishes you would need for a day or two, and keep less frequently used dishware either on a higher shelf or in another room. Also, ask yourself if you really want to keep those champagne flutes that were last used 2 years ago, or if it’s time to find them a new home. Use our Simplicity Guide to help you as you’re deciding what to keep and what to give away.
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