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How to De-Clutter Your Kitchen

“I think the idea of having ‘stations’ is a great one,” said Wolfson. Some of the types of areas or stations in the kitchen Wolfson suggested included a food prep area, spices, easy-to-reach areas for pots and pans and cookbooks. “I put like items with like items, depending on how the person wants to use the kitchen,” said Wolfson. Having kitchen stations allows for easier access to the items and appliances you use most. Stations also allow for easier food prep, cleaning and serving.

The psychological side of kitchen clutter

Wolfson said that it’s always best to try to deal with accumulated kitchen clutter as soon as possible. “People shouldn’t put it off until the clutter is unmanageable and overwhelming. Putting off cleaning up the clutter can affect other areas of their life and home,” she said. Wolfson added that the result of putting the project off may result in the kitchen becoming unusable, or that the clutter may start to spill into other parts of the house.

More general ideas to work with kitchen clutter

  • Alphabetizing
  • Drawer dividers for silverware
  • Kitchen hooks for cups, pots and pans, potholders, etc.
  • Stacking containers
  • Lazy Susans

Last, you want to take into account how long your items have been stored. For example, canned foods should not be kept more than a couple of years. Spices and herbs should be tossed after about a year, and pasta, grains, and legumes can be stored for a year.

Once you have minimized the clutter in your kitchen, you will be able to enjoy, cook and socialize more easily in your refreshed space.

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8:16PM PDT on May 28, 2012

thanks

5:01AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

4:50AM PDT on May 28, 2012

I've always kept a clear counter with only the phone at one end and knife block at the other - fills up my bottom cupboard so there is less room for more stuff I don't need. Every spring cleaning I ask myself why all those dishes.... when we have free space - why do we feel the need to fill it with more "stuff" we never seem to use?

11:37AM PDT on May 11, 2012

I am going to look at those cans and herb bottles right now! Thanks

5:57PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Before buying yet another 'time saving device', really, really think it over. There is a plethora of kitchenware available and you don't really want some gadget taking up space and perhaps never or rarely used.

4:38PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Good tips thanks.

12:27AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Interesting.

10:52AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Ban your husband from it!!

10:08PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

good tips! I only have out what I use on a daily basis...

7:58PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Thanks for the tips!

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