The most common place people start when thinking about a home organization project is with their kitchen.
A cluttered, disorganized kitchen can make cooking, cleaning and organizing more difficult than it has to be.
Here are some easy ways to organize your kitchen without having to go out and buy expensive organizers or shelving units.
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Figure Out What Needs to Get done
The first thing you should do if you’re interested in getting started on an at-home organization project is figure out what needs to get done; doing a little bit of research will help you get an idea of where to start so that you don’t have boxes overflowing in different parts of your house.
There are plenty of resources available if you need help figuring out where items belong. Many people find it easiest to work with a zone approach, which involves dividing your home into spaces based on activity: dining room, living room, bedroom, etc. Then group like items together (e.g., toys by type).
A good way to implement an activity-based zone system is by looking at how you move around your home during a typical day or week. Do you spend most of your time in one part of your home? Could certain areas be better organized? What items from each room could be grouped together to reduce
It’s much easier to clean a mess when everything you need is nearby. Putting everything away can also help clear your mind and give you more motivation for tackling projects head-on.
Unclutter Kitchen Cabinets
As mentioned above, uncluttering can make cooking simpler since you won’t constantly be searching through drawers and cupboards for tools or ingredients. But tackling a large organizational project in your kitchen doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Try taking one drawer or cabinet at a time to keep things manageable.
First, remove everything from inside and wipe down surfaces using warm water and soap; then dry thoroughly with a soft cloth (or paper towels if they really need it!). Once they’re nice and clean, label containers either directly on their lids or on masking tape placed over existing labels. From here, try storing similar items together using dividers made out of cardboard sheets cut down to size. Next, place those containers back inside along with other frequently used items such as measuring cups and spoons.
Keep frequently used foodstuffs near your refrigerator as well so you don’t have to search high and low every time you want something like eggs or milk.
If you have small children running around your home, keeping loose objects off of the floor can become a major priority pretty quickly! Avoid having to bend over and pick things up after your kids (or pets) knock them over with a few simple strategies. Use tiered baskets or bins in hard-to-reach corners of your kitchen to stash items you don’t need on a daily basis.
Also, be sure to have a trashcan under your sink for dirty tissues, worn out Q-tips and crumpled balls of aluminum foil—you probably don’t need these laying around! Lastly, hideaway your brooms and mops in cabinets or on hooks if you don’t need them immediately so that your kitchen looks nicer.
Dining room tables can often end up being a catch-all for random items that just don’t have a permanent home in your home.
To avoid dealing with heaps of stuff every time you sit down to eat, give your table an hour or two to breathe. While your home may have different needs, think about organizing in a functional, practical manner.
One idea may not fit every household, but you should be able to take away at least one tip that can help you in your own home organization project.