How to Bring Order to Your Kitchen

How to Bring Order to Your Kitchen
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    The kitchen is the center of the home and for many families it is the place where we cluster and therefore bring with us much clutter.

    Take control of your kitchen today!

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School reports are left on top of counters. Car keys may be placed on the kitchen table. And even the sink might double as a slop or utility sink. Most of us would love to stage our kitchens to look the way real estate agents recommend that they appear to home shoppers, but getting from our present clutter to an orderly kitchen environment can take much work.

You can, however, whip your kitchen into shape by employing the following home organization strategies:

1. Just toss it.

Unless you regularly prepare Mexican meals, that quesadilla maker you got three Christmases ago is best sent packing. The same can be said for much of your Tupperware and the children’s glasses your kids have long outgrown, but you have been saving for your future grandkids. Throw out, donate or get rid of what you do not through a garage sale. Free valuable storage space for items that are sitting on top of your counters. And, yes, if there is something that you want to pass down to the next generation, do that now or place it in attic storage.

2. Consider underutilized storage areas.

There is a lot of dead space found in even the most cluttered kitchens. This space includes immediately underneath the cabinets and above your counter tops. If you are not taking advantage of that space, you should: your coffee maker, electric can opener and your microwave can each be hung in place — just don’t fill the now empty space with new clutter. Visit your hardware store or home center to obtain support brackets.

3. Cluster what you need.

Okay, bringing order to your kitchen does not mean moving everything from your counters and storing these items where you will not be able to find these later. This is where you need to prioritize your kitchen by establishing centers of activity and the tools needed to get the job done. A utensil jar or similar container should hold your most commonly needed items such as a spatula, whisk, stirrers and scrapers. Everything else should be placed in your utensils draw — out of sight, but not out of mind.

4. Create a command center.

Given that the kitchen is the focal point of your home, take advantage of that by creating a command center that is easy for everyone to follow. Tack an oversized chalkboard, whiteboard or peg board, utilizing it to include school, sport and theatrical appointments, to list your menu for the coming week and to track important dates. If it cannot be posted, taped or pinned to the board, then it should be filed away or shredded.

5. Schedule your cleaning.

Have everyone in the family pitch in with cleaning and organizing. One child should be in charge of loading and turning on the dishwasher, another child with stacking dried dishes away. Assign a family member to keep counter and kitchen tables cleared and organized. One person should sweep and mop the floor on a regular basis. Lastly, everyone should have an eye for keeping the kitchen clean and clutter-free from this point on.

Kitchen Notes

If you are still finding it difficult to organize your kitchen, check out the Real Simple kitchen organizing checklist for category tips. Just as you can whip a bedroom or your work office into shape, you can do likewise for your kitchen, bringing back sanity to the most used home in the house.

See AlsoSteps to an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".