Thanksgiving is four weeks away! Whether you are having the big meal at your home or traveling, now is the time of year where many delicious family favorite treats are made.
Even I use my kitchen a lot between now and January 1. I will make pumpkin bread, mashed potatoes and a full turkey at least twice, and iced sugar cookies.
For the next four weeks, I will walk you through how I professionally organize a kitchen.
The first step is to look at your kitchen as a whole. Open every drawer and cabinet. You don’t have to take anything out… just look. Can you tell what’s in there?
MANY treasures will be found! And if you won’t use them in the next 10 weeks – it’s probably time for them to find a new home.
Take a mental note of all you have. Every single kitchen is different. There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, but you need to be honest with yourself as you go through the next few weeks. The more you de-clutter – although hard today – the more relaxed you will feel every day you walk into your kitchen and the easier it will be to KEEP it organized.
The kitchen is the hub of the home. Everyone uses the kitchen. This week my partner and I are organizing a home from top to bottom. And the owner wants the kitchen LABELED. Every shelf, drawer and cabinet – labeled. So if it would make you feel better to label your kitchen – do it!
Step back and look at your kitchen. Where is the food? How about the baking supplies – are they all together? How many drawers do you have of cooking utensils – honestly? Has every drawer become a junk drawer? Where are office supplies, crafts, recipes, spices, rarely used appliances, mail and platters?
I will be giving you specific examples in the next few weeks for each cabinet and drawer. But today think about moving some of your stuff to make a better work flow.
Take a good look at your counters. Take a deep breath… I want you to take EVERYTHING off your kitchen counters. Put it on your dining room table or even on the floor along the wall.
Now CLEAN your counters. Twice a year I clean my counters with soft scrub. The whole process takes about 2 hours and I love the results. Everything feels SO fresh!
Now you can put it all back, or go the WHOLE week and only put back what you USE.
On my counters I have: a Keurig coffee maker, sugar bowl, TV, fruit bowl (or 2) butter, paper towels, knife block and Abby’s Halloween art.
That’s it. We take out and put away the toaster every day.
On the long counter, hubby and I have our “to do” piles and a central station. This week, I, too, will be taking everything off that counter and seeing what can go!
What do you keep on your kitchen counters?