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Tame your kitchen clutter

Tame your kitchen clutter

8 tips for a clutter-free kitchen

We’ve all seen those perfect, tidy kitchens with not one stray spoon in sight. So, what magic keeps those kitchens in tip-top shape?

Here are a few tips for keeping your kitchen clutter-free.

Keep the counter tops clear

Clutter begins at the counter top, which is why keeping the counters clean is an absolute necessity. Fight the urge to use the counter top as a drop-off place for mail, keys, magazines and dirty dishes.

Relocate small appliances and get rid of any unnecessary counter top décor. Make sure that whatever you keep on the counter top is essential to your cooking.

Become a minimalist

Kitchens look neater when things are kept behind closed cabinet doors, instead of putting them out in the open. Cabinets can help you hide the clutter you have. For those of you who love open shelving, get comfortable with a minimalist style – use a unified colour palette, or display the pretty things in nice containers to keep things tidy. A row of identical containers will look considerably neater than a row of mismatched packaging.

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The “one in, one out” rule

Every clutter-free kitchen usually includes some form of the “one in, one out” rule, which implies that for everything new you bring into your kitchen, something else must be taken out. Thus, you can maintain a healthy balance, so that the clutter doesn’t begin to take over.

Your refrigerator door is not an art gallery

Covering your refrigerator with magnets and papers can make your kitchen look cluttered, even when it’s actually quite clean. Keep the front of the refrigerator clear to avoid this messy look.

Do a chore a day, instead of all at once

In order to maintain a clutter-free kitchen, just do a little cleaning every day, so you can both clean and maintain the kitchen at the same time.

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Let yourself have one messy drawer

Every clutter-free kitchen needs a free-for-all place to store something until you’ve found a better location for it. Pick only one shelf or drawer, and don’t let your things spill out into the whole cabinet.

Ambient lighting can work wonders

A kitchen will look better with subdued, indirect lighting. Installing lighting under and over the cabinets can help the kitchen feel cosy and warm.

Get rid of unnecessary items

Take a look through your cabinets and assess which items are truly necessary. If you haven’t used something in your cabinet for quite a while, or don’t really need it much when you’re cooking, dispose of it. You can always use the cleared out space in your cupboards to store the things you actually need.

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