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Unclutter Your Kitchen

Updated on November 24, 2014
Kitchen clutter removed makes this room of your home more warm and inviting.
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Unclutter your kitchen and make it a nicer place to spend time with family and friends

The kitchen is a warm and inviting room of nearly every home and definitely receives a lot of clutter along with the amount of traffic and visitors that it receives. Although you love the company in the kitchen you can certainly hate the clutter. One of the biggest causes of clutter is storage and organization.

Many people are frustrated by the amount of storage and organizing issues they find. Storage and organizing answers actually account for a lot of the uncluttering performed in this particular room of the home. There are several trouble spots that show up with nearly every kitchen, whether large or small. These are seven clutter issues and answers to help you and your kitchen.

Problem – drop zone in your this area. This is the place where everyone drops things off. They typically pick a counter top area or zone where they put papers, leave receipts, drop books and bills from the mail to name just a few things. Chances are your particular drop zone receives much more than that. They lie in wait for someone to pick them up or deal with them.

Answer-get a container to catch the drop zone things. Use a breadbox or even an open decorative basket. This is the destination for things being left in this area. It keeps organization and messiness from emerging.Match kitchen décor or make it stand out by clashing with what you have going on with the scheme of things. Standing out and away from everything else makes it more visible and for some owners it means cleaning it up faster. Smaller containers get attention faster.

Having a catch-all that actually closes is more ideal. This means you are able to close the top of the container when you don’t want to see the drop box or drop zone until you can address the receipts or bills later. Make certain it is not a clear or see thru material.

Each day sort through the container and remove items in the container and put them away, file them, shred them or whatever needs to be done to take care of items in the drop zone. Triage should be done to ensure things are taken care of when they need to be. Missing out on deadlines could be costly.

There is an easy answer is to address the underlying problem. Have everyone that uses the space understand it will no longer be used. If you have a container for receipts on your desk-make certain everyone knows this is where the receipts should go. The same goes for all of the other items that are winding up on the top of the counter.

Removing items from the catch all zone each day after triage is an excellent way to unclutter your kitchen.

Problem- organizing various pots and pans when you have a tiny kitchen is a major issue. Even larger kitchens appreciate this problem. In fact, the more space the more clutter will accumulate because the more space to put pots and pans in.

Answer-if you have one large area where you store these add a helper shelf to turn this into a two shelve area. This is a simple fix and the helper shelf generally costs under $10. Also add a durable peg shelf to the wall behind the stove to hang pots and pans. This certainly organizes them and removes them from the drawer.

Hang the pots and pans by the handle with the pot side down in order of size. This looks and feels much neater than putting everything in one large area in a mish mash order or without order. Reserve the old storage area for your lids after hanging the pots within each other. Organizing pots and pans is a wonderful way to unclutter your kitchen.

Problem- under the sink has no storage organization. Everything generally is tossed to this area.

Answer-this shouldn’t be used as storage for every cleaning product you own. Save this space for cleaning items for your kitchen. All other cleaning items should be stored elsewhere. For example, bathroom cleaning items should be in the bathroom or area of the linen closet reserved for them. Other cleaning products like your living room cleaning products can be stored in your laundry room in a separate closed container and labeled cleaning products. You can store items on the shelf in your basement.

When you are putting your cleaning supplies for the kitchen under the sink organize them. Hang brushes from the door under the sink or just inside the door. Put in a trash bag holder on the side of the under the sink for both small and large trash bags. Use a turn table for under the sink. Place your cleaning items on the turn table for easy access to items you need without pulling everything out from under the sink to access a particular kitchen supply you may need. Getting under the sink clean and straight is a brilliant way to unclutter the kitchen.

Problem-the drawer for everything other than knives, forks and spoons. This is the drawer that holds the chip clips, can opener, garlic press and everything else used for cooking other than knives, forks and spoons. Little items placed in this drawer will be lost and are generally hard to find

Answer-start with a general cleaning of the drawer. Clean the drawer out. Remove everything from the drawer and get rid of things you no longer need, things that are broke should also be eliminated and decide what to keep. Lay out what you will keep and make certain everything should be in this space. By several small storage containers that work for this area. Your containers should be in several sizes. The storage containers make look like a jigsaw puzzle, but try different sizes to decide which will fit. Put everything in containers and place them back in the drawer.

Problem-food storage containers are always a mess. The bottoms and tops are mismatched always require reorganizing.

Answer-don’t get a downpour of plastic containers each time you need a container from the bin or cupboard. Storing these containers in a bin or bottom cupboard works best. Glass containers can be stored on a helper shelf so you don’t have to move around heavy or awkward stacks of glass containers with or without tops. Lids should be stored separate from containers. Buy all square containers or all round containers to make stacking easier.

In conclusion

Getting the plastic under control will unclutter your kitchen faster.

These are several problems and answers for cleaning up the clutter in your kitchen that will work. Getting a grip on your kitchen clutter can certainly make a difference to one of the warmest places in your home.


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      6 years ago

      smcopywrite: Thank you for the user-friendly format of problem and solution as well as for the realness of the problems and the practicality of the solutions which you identify and offer! My favorites are the drop zone and the pans and pots control strategies.

      Voted up, etc.,


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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great suggestions, and we all need help in our kitchen.

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      6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you for all of your comments. the kitchen is a place in my home where we spend a lot of time. having it organized is something that is a continual process, believe me!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent ideas! I have all of the above messes and no motivation to do anything about it. God bless you for bringing this to my attention.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! I love how you broke everything down into problem/solution. Even uncluttering one or two areas of a room can make a huge difference in the general flow of the room. The kitchen is no exception.

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      6 years ago from Utah

      Very informative hub. I'll be putting this advice to good use. Recently moved into smaller quarters from large home and can use all the help I can get. Voted up, marked useful, interesting and book marked

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      Sarah Johnson 

      6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Nice Hub! I like your problem/answer format. My biggest problem with kitchen clutter is the mess of plastic containers! I will take your advice. Thanks.


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