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Get Rid Of Excess And Organize Your Home {Kitchen}

Get Rid Of Excess And Organize Your Home {Kitchen}

This is the fourth week of the Get Rid of Excess and Organize Your Home series. If you missed the previous three weeks, I’ll have the links at the bottom of this post so you can catch up. Today I’ll be discussing one of the most frequently used rooms in the home, the kitchen. It’s where I spend a lot of my time since I like to work at my kitchen table since I don’t have a dedicated office space. My kitchen is very small, so keeping it organized is a must in our household or it can get out of hand quickly. Here are some simple tips to help you keep the kitchen area organized and under control:

Get Rid Of Excess And Organize Your Home {Kitchen}

Keep it simple

The easiest way to keep your kitchen clutter free is by keeping it simple. In other words, don’t have several options of dinnerware, cookware and kitchen gadgets. As you can see below, we own a minimal amount of plates and cups. In fact, we used to own less than this until I was gifted a set by my mother-in-law recently (the green ones). I think she felt bad and thought we needed them. 🙂 If I know I’m having guests over, I simply serve food on paper plates. It’s less dishes to wash as well!

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Designate zones

Designate zones for things you know must stay in the kitchen and get used frequently. For example; I keep the our dog’s food in a lower cabinet that is close to his crate. Since it’s my son’s job to feed him, I’ve made it easier for him to access the food. I also keep the dog’s leash in the small drawer above it along with small plastic bags so it’s easy to find when we take him outside. Things that rarely get used such as plastic dinnerware and cups, get placed in the cabinet space above the refrigerator. Think about how you use your kitchen space and store things accordingly. It’s all about what works best for you and your family.

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Maximize pantry space

I know that not every home has a pantry. In fact, this is the first time I have ever had one in my home. However, my pantry is very small so I have to maximize the space I do have. I do this by placing items in the pantry that fit best in the space, even if it’s not food. I don’t use the pantry exclusively for food because it would be silly to place small items in there when they take up less space in a kitchen cabinet. I also like to use plastic bins to store small snacks and food containers.

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How do you organize your kitchen space? I would love to hear your tips!

Missed the previous post from this series? Check out Week 1 {Living Room}Week 2 {Kids’ Bedrooms} or Week 3 {Bathroom}.

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Mila

Friday 20th of February 2015

Agree with all points you are making, including getting rid of excess. But 7 types of cereal in the pantry?

Jesenia Montanez

Monday 23rd of February 2015

Thanks and I had to chuckle at your comment. I agree with you, but try convincing the grandparents that feel the kids need an endless supply of cereal. This was even after I donated boxes. :)

Julia

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

I did the same I actually got rid of two boxes of mismatched and old dishes ..I couldn't believe how many forks and spoons I had, over 60 peices, got rid of that too

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Monday 15th of September 2014

[…] This what my cabinet looks like now. The bottom two shelves are what we use daily. The top shelf is glassware that is reserved for guests only. We actually didn’t own many dishes to begin with, but for whatever reason the little bit we did own, always seemed to wind up in the sink. All at once. If you want to see what our cabinet used to look like check out this post where I share how to organize your kitchen. […]

sheena

Thursday 23rd of October 2014

These are great tips! I'm the WORST for clutter.... Just wondering where week 5 is posted... :)

Jessica

Wednesday 30th of July 2014

We got transferred a little over a year ago and my kitchen went from being bigger than my living room to a tiny galley kitchen. We purged and only kept the necessities. It was very therapeutic. I actually like it more now that it's so simple.