Everyone has a place in their house where they spend time waiting for it. This is generally the kitchen. I call it the kitchen because it’s the only room you can enter and sit down and get something to eat. There’s a place where we actually eat, not just eat in front of the television.
Nowadays there is a lot of clutter everywhere in the kitchen, most likely caused by children. My two kids, always seem to fill up the kitchen with toys, laundry, school papers and projects. They started cleaning it in about January of 2001 and within about two weeks they were completely in order.
I have some tips to help you de-clutter the kitchen. You can start with a little bit at first, but I think you’ll be able to de-clutter it enough that it will be easier to get to your full de-cluttering goal. Most importantly, I’m hoping the de-cluttering is a little easier to enjoy. I know that would be nice for you.
The first thing to accomplish is to get rid of all the excess. How much stuff in your kitchen is unnecessary? Are there actual garbage cans you can buy? Keep in mind that kitchen clutter is a real problem, so it couldn’t be much fun to put back that firewood or refilling your compost package. What about all the extra Lays and Stickies and Van nasties? Those products may be great, but I can see for myself how unnecessary they are. The onlyrite is that there are some no good ones out there; people had to go back and actually read their labels.
Maybe it’s the bigger things. It’s what we have in our kitchen that really wastes our time. The touch-fl paste that sticks on next to the refrigerator door; it’s really hard to get a “don’t touch” fridge door many times, but it causes marvelous confusion when you do. The kids discover over and over that there are multiple unused products that can be stuck together. So much better used product than clutter on our counters!
I would suggest getting rid of all the excess items as a first point, but I’m not sure if this is really necessary if you don’t like them for any reason. I’ve decided to keep the CS61 kitchen aid out of the boxes for a few more months, just in case. It’s not the “fun stuff”, but it does come out of time for major events the house has. It’s a good thing to keep it at arm’s length.
Another thing to think about is how much space you actually have for everything. I’ve just returned from a job at a grocery store, and one of the groups my client works for (they call themselves the “Supermarket” thing yamci) have about twenty items. Not only are you in a food business, but you also have a toddler here, a five year old and a one year old … and beyond. If you intend to do this, keep everything contained and organized. It’s way easier that way.
Things will be easier if you have some dedicated areas for each category. When you have that, you’ll get things where they need to be when you need them. They’ll be in the right place! It’s going to be so much easier for you to find things if you actually have a place for them. One area you might consider is the pantry. It’s in the kitchen and it’s a great place to store things like boxes of cereal and instant oatmeal and even some edges of graphite (one of the pigments used in some nailpastel colorants). It goes in the corner of a cabinet and is kept free for painting, so it looks especially neat.
There are other places that you can store things like candles, matches, screw drivers and hammer along with nail clippers and tweezers and screwwords and nails, etc. In general you can store all these things near one another, but some are better near the ones you use a lot. Use these storage places wisely.
Back in the kitchen, you will soon discover that all the things attached to the pantry food containers are already organized and will probably be containerized very soon. The only remaining thing to organize would be the regional clothier where you get most of your clothing. So, you organize this area as well as your kitchen in general. One organized area will make all the difference!
The kitchen can be the heart of the home or it can be the bane of it. A little organization can make the difference in the ease of fixing meals and the pick-up and either the cooking or the cleaning.