Beautifully Organised: 5 quick tips to declutter your kitchen

Monday, June 25, 2012

5 quick tips to declutter your kitchen




Is your kitchen looking a little cluttered?

Don't worry, you're not alone. Whether it's mail, kids artwork, groceries, trash or recipe books lying around, most of us have found our kitchens crammed full at one time or another.

Take a few minutes this week to try one of my quick kitchen declutter tips and enjoy some extra clear space while you cook!

Here are my 5 quick tips to declutter your kitchen:
  1. Clear your counters. Put away everything that doesn't really need to be there. Clean counter tops will make your kitchen feel spacious and clean. The trick is to put things away where you can get them out and put them back quickly and easily!
  2. Take paperwork off your fridge. Yep, take it all off, throw out anything outdated, pay or schedule the bills, scan the kids artwork with your iPhone and save it on your computer and throw away any damaged magnets so you can't put as much up next time..
  3. Set your timer for 10 minutes and go through your cookbooks. Any you haven't used in 6 months, give away or sell. Got a cookbook with only a couple of recipes you use? Scan the recipes with your iPad or use an app like My Recipes to store the information. Don't forget you can find tons of great recipes on the internet for free now anyway - and I know you have the internet because you are reading my blog ;)
  4. Do you usually dump mail in the kitchen? Pop a pretty box on top of your fridge and use that as a dumping ground. Then take 10mins at night to go through and action the mail - every night or once a week, depending on how much you have). It's a great tip I picked up from a Kikki Workshop I went to (based on the PaperFlow Book) and it means paperwork doesn't go missing and doesn't leave my kitchen (and fridge) overrun with papers.
  5. Set your timer again for 10 minutes and go through your fridge and pantry. Throw out everything out of date and group like items together. Much easier now when you write your next grocery list!
If you're doing any of these tips this week, grab your phone and take a before & after shot so I can see how you go! Email them to me at marissa@beautifullyorganised.com and I'll pop them up on the Facebook page and give you some well deserved recognition for your efforts :)


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3 comments:

  1. Great tips! I agree the fastest way to keep the kitchen looking clean is clearing the counters. But I haven't been able to find the switch to turn off the magnetic effect it has on my mail, keys, handbag, bills, phone, .... ;-)

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  2. Love your ideas Marissa - especially how to store the kids art work - I feel a little guilty taking them down sometimes.
    We've ended up creating a 'pit stop' table in a corner of our kitchen to organise our family. It now has files for bills, an envelope for receipts and a basket to have all mail and school notes to be delivered to (you know when an excursion note is thrust under your nose when you are in the middle of crumbing chicken nuggets lol!). I haven't lost keys, phone chargers, bills or anything else in weeks and I also keep my vitamins there too - I may only get to use it for 5 minutes in the morning and 10 at night - and it's actually working for us:)

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  3. Excellent and useful tips! Thanks for taking the time to post this.

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