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Keeping your kitchen organized and clutter free makes being in the kitchen so much more enjoyable!
As a busy mama, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Whether I’m cooking or cleaning, I have learned from experience that a messy, cluttered kitchen is a recipe for unnecessary stress and overwhelm. If this sounds like you, don’t worry. Through much trial and error I have discovered a few simple ways to maintain an uncluttered kitchen. Keeping your kitchen clutter under control makes for a cleaner and more functional space, and today I’m sharing all of my best tips and tricks with you!
Before you start, there are a few must-haves that you will need to make the decluttering process a breeze!
First, you need to keep an open mind and remember that the goal is to have a clean and functional space – not a kitchen that is fresh out of a magazine. Next, you need to have a box of Glad® ForceFlexPlus with Clorox™ trash bags nearby. Not only are they super strong, the added Clorox technology eliminates food and bacterial odors to help keep your kitchen smelling fresh and clean!
The last thing you’ll need before you get started is a little patience. Sometimes we don’t realize just how much clutter we have laying around until it’s time to sort through it all. Give yourself grace during this process – I promise it will be worth it.
Now that we’ve laid the groundwork, check out these simple ways to keep your kitchen organized and clutter free!
Keep Kitchen Counters Clutter Free
While there are many areas of the kitchen that hold clutter, I have found that the kitchen counter tops are the biggest culprits of unnecessary mess and clutter. Here are a few tricks that you can use to keep your kitchen counters clean and clutter-free:
- Avoid the Mail Pile Up
The mail is hands-down one of the easiest ways to acquire clutter on your counter tops. Not to mention, it’s also easy to misplace the important things that you need if it’s mixed in a pile with junk mail like flyers and coupons. To combat this, I highly recommend sorting through your mail as soon as you get it and having a designated space OUTSIDE OF THE KITCHEN for important mail like bills and documents.
- Store Appliances Out Of Sight
I recently moved everything off of my countertops in an attempt to do a bit of deep cleaning and I loved how clean my countertops were when I didn’t have so many appliances on top.
So I moved my frequently used appliances (like my airfryer and food processor), and placed them in a small cabinet under my kitchen island. While it’s a super simple, quick fix, it truly makes a world of difference!
Optimize Your Space
In addition to maintaining a clutter-free kitchen, it’s also important to ensure that your kitchen is functional so that things are easy to find when the kitchen is in use and easy to put away once it’s time to clean up. Here are a few easy ways to make the most of your space:
- Use Labeled Bins and Baskets
An easy way to avoid clutter is to ensure that everything has a place. Labeled bins and baskets have been a great way to organize the pantry and ensure that we know exactly where everything is. Clear labeled bins have also been a great way to keep our fridge organized and helps us see exactly what we have so that we can be sure to use it before it expires.
Unfortunately, sometimes we may not catch everything and may have some spoilage here and there, but luckily Glad® ForceFlexPlus with Clorox™ trash bags eliminates those pesky food and bacterial odors and the Lemon Fresh Bleach Scent helps keep your trash bin smelling clean and fresh.
- Use a Spice Rack
One of my favorite ways to optimize my cabinet space has been by using a spice rack for all of our seasonings. It is so satisfying to be able to identify exactly which spice is which and to easily combine duplicate spices while getting rid of any spices that may have already expired.
- Use A Lazy Susan For Condiments
In addition to the clear labeled bins, another one of my favorite refrigerator organization hacks is to utilize a lazy susan for condiments. This completely open’s up the door space in my fridge and makes it easy to see exactly which condiments we have on hand, and which ones we need to buy more of.
Keep What You Use, Toss The Rest
One of the biggest culprits of kitchen clutter is hanging on to things that we no longer use. By going though your kitchen and taking inventory of the things that you actually utilize, you’ll start to notice that you have no use for many of the items that you’ve been holding onto. Here are a few simple ways to condense these items and hold on to the things you need:
- Re-Evaluate Your ‘Junk Drawer’
I’ll be the first to admit that my junk drawer has gotten a bit out of hand at times. Random condiment packets, plastic restaurant utensils, and the occasional un-opened fortune cookie, have all found a home in my junk drawer at some point. If you can relate, it may be time to re-evaluate the different items that you are holding on to in your junk drawer and get rid of anything that you don’t think you’ll use any time soon – like that mild sauce packet from two years ago!
- Donate and/or Discard Unused Items
The final, and most important tip for an organized and clutter-free kitchen is to donate and/or discard unused items. Let’s face it, you probably don’t use all of those sets of measuring spoons. Glad’s ForceFlexPlus w/ Clorox bags offer superior strength* to help you get rid of unused items that can’t be donated. This gives you an idea of what you actually need, and oftentimes, gives you even more room to work with as you continue to organize your kitchen.
If you’ve followed these tips so far, then you should be well on your way to a clutter free, organized kitchen! Don’t forget to keep a box of Glad® ForceFlexPlus with Clorox™ trash bags handy!
Trust me when I say, a functional, clutter-free kitchen helps to keep it all under control and makes for amazing stress free summer entertaining – even if your kiddos are your primary summer guests!
*Compared to standard 13-gallon Glad kitchen trash bags.