For the next few 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 declutter, 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 team 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, mail, recipes, spices, rarely used appliances, 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 all on your dining room table or even on the floor along the wall.
Look, here are mine!
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 a 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 seasonal 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. Today, I will be taking everything off that counter, too, and seeing what can go!