Kitchen organisation hacks: Five steps to a clutter-free kitchen


Kitchen organisation hacks: Five steps to a clutter-free kitchen

We spend so much time in our kitchens that it doesn’t make sense to put up with clutter and disorganisation. The kitchen is the heart of the home a

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We spend so much time in our kitchens that it doesn’t make sense to put up with clutter and disorganisation. The kitchen is the heart of the home and it should be treated with love and care, which all starts with a bit of tidying up. Once you’ve got a system in place, it will be much easier to keep on top of cleaning in the future. chatted to professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn to find out the five best kitchen organisation hacks.

Our idea of a tidy home is often determined by social media ‘cleanfluencers’ and TV shows, which project the idea that your kitchen must be brand new and spotless to be organised.

Whether you prefer a plain and simple modern kitchen or something with a little bit more character, there are a few simple ways to keep the pots and pans in order.

Organisation isn’t necessarily about aesthetics, it’s about knowing where things are and turning down the chaos.

Vicky said: “The kitchen is where many families spend most of their time, so getting everything in order here first will help to regain a sense of control.

“It’s not about putting things in little baskets, but more about having simple solutions that will keep the kitchen clutter-free for years to come.”

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Five steps to a clutter-free kitchen

Clear out the cupboards

Before you do anything, open up all the cupboards and take a good look at all of the items you’ve gathered over the years.

Many people start a kitchen clear out by taking everything out of the cupboards and putting it on the countertops. While that sounds logical, there’s one major catch that’s often overlooked until it’s too late.

Vicky explained: “Putting everything on the sides will fill the space quicker than you think!

“Instead, take a look at what you have in the cupboards and think to yourself, ‘Do I really need that serving platter in that space all year round?

“Or should I put it into home storage and put something more practical there instead for easy access as I use them more frequently?”
If you’ve barely ever used that air fryer or no longer want that luxurious teapot, why not sell it or give it a new home?

Re-use old jars to create a rustic feel

If you’ve got old food jars lying around, you can give them a wash and use them as cute storage pots for leftovers, dried food or snacks.

There’s one way to elevate this look and make sure you have a system that allows the jars to be replenished easily – labelling.

Rip off the original label, give it a watch and either hand-make some labels or use a labelling machine.

Vicky said: “I love to use my Cricut Joy to label all my jars and containers at the push of a button so that everything has its place.

“Plus it’s so compact, meaning it’s easy to stow away and take out again when I want to replace labels.”

Never underestimate the power of a storage basket

Rather than going out all guns blazing and buying cute storage baskets for your kitchen, be practical!

Look at the space you have and think about sizing, practicality and which products you actually need to store.

Vicky said: “Too many people get excited by buying baskets that don’t do the job they need which can hinder space rather than enhance it.

“Declutter, then measure up and only then buy your storage.”

Organise your kitchen like a shop

It’s so frustrating when you accidentally open a fresh food item when there’s an older one already open that needs to be used up.

To avoid this, rearrange your cupboards so that you have items with the closest use-by date to the front, and push items with longer dates to the back.

Vicky explained: “Basically when you do a shop, put the new items at the back!

“And if you find food that’s about to reach its use-by date that you can’t use, don’t forget to take it to the food bank.”

Upcycle, upcycle, upcycle

Once the kitchen has had its makeover and is looking ship, shape and shiny, it’s time to add those personal touches.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on new things and you might actually make something more unique and to your taste, if you upcycle.

Vicky said: “Getting the kids involved is also a great way to teach them about upcycling.

“Whether it might be a personalised mug for your morning coffee or water jugs for everyday use, those extra little special touches will turn the kitchen into the heart of the home.

“Again you can use a label maker to personalise mugs for the kitchen. It’s so easy and an activity that the whole family can be part of.”