June 15th, 2017
Whether you’re afraid to open your cupboards for fear of having to close them again, or drowning in the stacks of mail and paperwork that inevitably makes its way to your apartment kitchen, nearly everyone can find an excuse to clean out the kitchen. If it’s high time you organized the room you once used to prepare meals, here is your guide to de-cluttering you kitchen.
It might sound simple, but the first step to de-cluttering any kitchen is to clean it. Sweep and mop the floors, wipe down the countertops and other surfaces, and generally get your kitchen looking like it does after a Saturday morning cleaning spree. It might seem counterintuitive, but cleaning your kitchen can give you the motivation to mess it back up again – the inevitable result of any de-cluttering process.
Now that your kitchen is clean, the work of de-cluttering can begin. Start with your food cupboards, your junk drawer, or even the refrigerator, it doesn’t matter. One item at a time, place everything onto your nice clean floors and countertops. As you remove items, don’t be afraid to throw things away, or donate them if they’re still in good condition. Toss out the spoiled food and sort food, and other miscellaneous items into groupings. Before long, you’ll have whittled down what you want to keep into much more manageable proportions. Eliminating the unnecessary is key to de-cluttering.
Your storage space is free from debris; now give it a thorough cleaning. Wipe down surfaces with warm, soapy water and disinfect those dark, dingy corners. Take the items you sorted and still want to keep and put them back in storage. Organize everything in an easy to understand and easier to access way, with the items you use most often in the most convenient to reach places. Stack items to take advantage of all that vertical space, and don’t be afraid to use space organizers, adhesive hooks, and containers to give every item a home of its own.
Time to tackle the aforementioned pile of papers, along with everything else that’s taking up precious space in your apartment kitchen. Once you’ve emptied and organized, there’s suddenly more room than there was before. Use this extra space to store away items that have staked claim to your countertops. It doesn’t matter how often you use your blender, it belongs tucked away in the cabinet you just cleaned. Now, sort through that stack of junk mail and paperwork, going through each item one by one. Throw away or recycle what you don’t need, and file away the rest.
Your apartment kitchen is finally de-cluttered. It took some time, but now you can use it for something other than extra office space and occasional food storage.