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Get Ready to Fall Back in Love With This Space…
Now is the perfect time to start organising a kitchen. With the time we have available and a new look at how we’re shopping for food now is perfect for getting organised. I find a dysfunctional kitchen the worse. If I spend the most amount of time cleaning, it’s my kitchen.
The kitchen can be a daunting room to clean, but the rewards are much greater. Recently, my husband and I did a huge clear out. The results were falling back in love with a room we love and use hanging out in it much more. Organising a kitchen can be done over the weekend, so while the weather is predicted to be miserable this Bank Holiday weekend, why not take the plunge and take on a project. Here are my top tips for organising your kitchen…
CLEAN IT OUT AND PURGE.
First things first are to get everything out of the cupboard. Ideally, I’d recommend doing this first thing in the morning. This is going to take a while and if you start this mid-way through the day, you’re going to get to the evening, give up and shove it all back into the cupboards. So empty every cupboard. Then give those cupboards a clean. Once you’ve cleaned them, now is time to start organising. Gather your products into relevant groups, pasta, sauces, etc. From there, battle each group one by one and decide what’s going back into the cupboard. For the time that we’re in, anything you’re not keeping I would recommend splitting into three sections. Past its expiry date, things that you could use up within the next two days and things that you could donate.
This is the same for your utensils. Things that need throwing because they are broken or you no longer need.
NOW TIME FOR A DEEP CLEAN.
The next part of organising a kitchen is a deep clean. As you’re doing those cupboards, get cleaning those counters and floors. It’s going to be so satisfying when it’s all done! I’ve spoken about this brand on my Instagram before, but I’m obsessed with The Laundress as a brand. Whilst they are mainly for clothes, they have some home products that smell divine! It’s a lovely treat when I pick them up for the house.
Take your time with this and really get into the corners of the room. You’ll be so grateful once you do and you see how sparkly it’s looking and how gorgeous it smells.
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CREATE SOME STATIONS.
With us having such a small kitchen, it was vital that we made sure that each area was used to perfection. For this, it meant zoning our kitchen and creating stations. When organising a kitchen, this is key for a perfectly functioning room. For example, our most prized station is our coffee station, which is above the freezer. The countertop is quite tiny and nowhere near the oven, so meal production couldn’t happen over here. So we ensure that it was host to our coffee machine, kettle and coffee supply.
We also have an awkward corner that holds our toaster and a box of spices perfectly. When approaching on how you’re going to zone your kitchen, think about practicality first. Firstly, any counter space next to or opposite your oven is for food prep. Any awkward spaces or small counters are ideal for appliances and everyday food prep. Once you’ve established these zones, this will somewhat dictate what things you’re going to put where. For example, the cupboard above our coffee station is for dishware and glasses. Take your time with this step. Measure twice, cut once as they say.
Where you position things is vital when organising a kitchen. Anything that you use every day should be out. As I mentioned, we have a wooden box that neatly holds out salt & pepper, spices and oils that we use on a daily basis. Same with our breakfast area, I have our porridge and chia seeds out on display in clear glass jars. They are easy to see and grab on a busy working morning.
For things that you’re putting into your cupboards, always put weekly used things at eye level. For example, our baking products are up high out of sight as we don’t need them on a daily basis. Cans and sauces are easily seen the minute you open the door. Don’t make it harder for yourself, make it easy enough to recognise and grab. Saving you time in the evenings to enjoy cooking and that extra glass of wine!
PRACTICAL DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING.
This is my motto for pretty much everything in my home. Storage is inevitable in a home, but it doesn’t have to be boring or ugly. For most of our foods, we keep them where possible in glass jars. Not only is it so easy to recognise the food that we need, but it also looks pretty and organised. For our snack box, I’ve made use of a seagrass basket. Even though it’s hidden behind a door, it’s neat and pretty when we do go and grab a snack.
The practical items in your kitchen can also be gorgeous to the eye. I’m obsessed with out utensil holder. So pretty and yet holds everything I need to easily grab and go. Same for our drying rack. We went for this gorgeous bamboo one, it brings warmth to the room as well as being pretty and stylish.
When it comes to the practical things you need in your kitchen, don’t be afraid to have fun and mix it up where you can. The most important thing with organising your kitchen is ensuring that you feel comfortable and at home in it. So do and buy what you need to achieve this dream. Good luck with your organising projects!
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