Organize My Kitchen
I recently worked with a client who had just moved into their new home. They had more space than in their previous house, but they were not sure how to set up their kitchen to use the space most efficiently. Kitchens can be tricky because there are a lot of individual items to consider. In order to do a proper job organizing a kitchen, you need to first empty every drawer and cupboard. Don’t be scared! It can seem overwhelming but, here are some steps to follow to make the process easier.
1. Empty & Sort.
Take everything out of the kitchen and sort all of the contents including: mugs, glasses, plates, silverware, bowls, Tupperware, etc. each into a separate pile. Use the kitchen table or set up a table for this purpose. Important tip: Do not think, just sort!
2. Take A Breather.
Once everything is out of the kitchen, take a breath and try not to panic about the mess. It will all be sorted out!
3. Wipe Down.
4. Edits Each Category.
It's time to start editing items in each category starting with the easiest category. If something is broken it can be discarded. If you have too many plates perhaps they can be donated to Goodwill, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity or someplace similar. Keep in mind the space you have to work with. For example, if the coffee station has a good spot on the kitchen counter next to the sink then the cupboard above it is the perfect spot for mugs. Do you need 18 coffee mugs? How many mugs can that area hold? How many shelves can you allocate to mugs and still have enough room for everything else that needs to be in the kitchen? These are the kind of questions to ask yourself.
5. Organize Your Items.
Once you have finished editing each category, then you can begin arranging items in your kitchen. I like to have pots and pans near the stove/oven, tableware and flatware near the dishwasher, Tupperware in a drawer (yes a drawer!), and mugs near the coffee pot. Think about how you use your kitchen and make decisions based on that.
If you have edited as much as you can but still cannot fit everything in your kitchen ask yourself what category can be stored elsewhere. Many people will store appliances like crockpots, food processors, blenders, in another space like a nearby closet or pantry closet because they take up so much space.
6. Clear Your Countertops.
I recommend keeping your countertops as clear as possible. Meal prep is much easier with lots of counter space. It's also easier to clean if you don’t need to move things out of the way to wipe down the counters!
7. Donate or Throw Away.
Put all of your edited items in a box and bring them to your car. They need to leave the premises!
You can make a donation or bring broken items to the dump in order to reduce clutter in your home.
If you are thoughtful with this process you will have an organized kitchen and a straightforward system in place to keep it that way. Good luck and if you need help reach out to me at www.OrganizeMyHomeVT.com.