LESS STUFF / MORE FREEDOM
A clutter-free kitchen means less time searching for things or tidying up, it also looks clean, calm and spacious. Words I like to associate with somewhere I’m preparing food. The kitchen in my previous home was full of vintage collectables and although I enjoyed being surrounded by cute things, it was a nightmare to cook in and to keep clean!
Nowadays my kitchen is simple, minimal and a joy to cook in. So today I’m sharing five easy steps for tackling a cluttered kitchen. Before you start I would suggest clearing your surfaces and having some boxes and bin bags to hand. You may wish to label the boxes/bags: rubbish, donate and sell. And if your kitchen is extremely cluttered I’d advise you to spread the task over a few days. It will be worth the effort, trust me!
Take all the food out of your cupboards and wipe down the insides. Replace everything in an organised way, removing the out of date items and anything you no longer use. I recommend repeating this exercise with your fridge and freezer.
2. Mugs, glasses, plates, bowls, knives, forks, spoons etc.
Once again remove everything. Consider the size of your family and how many people you entertain at any given time and use this number as a guide. I have between six and eight of each item and if I ever require more I would simply borrow them.
3. Pots, pans, cooking utensils, roasting tins etc.
Remove duplicates and the things you haven’t used in the last year. When I tipped everything onto my worktop I noticed I had two tin openers, three bottle openers, two ladles, seven roasting tins and so on. Once I’d disposed of the excess I found everything had a place and was easy to locate.
4. Kitchen appliances
Collect together the unused gadgets, unwanted Christmas gifts, random things you thought were a good idea etc. If you don’t use them now the chances are you never will so kindly bid them farewell.
5. Final touches
Clear everything off your worktops and simply display the items you regularly use. For me, it’s a kettle, tea and coffee, a toaster, chopping board and a radio. The only other things I have on display are herbs and houseplants. With all the excess clutter gone there should be a little more storage space in your cupboards for anything that needs hiding away.
After 11 happy years with a pink Smeg fridge, I’m completely thrilled with my new addition. My pink Smeg ended up living in three properties and so it took a while to decide on a new colour. I figured mint is fresh, classic, cheerful and fairly grown-up, after all, it could potentially take me into my fifties!
My passion for Smeg began when I worked at Selfridges and one of the window displays consisted of a row of pastel fridges. It was love at first sight and I promised myself I’d have one when I bought my first home. Back then I had to wait weeks for my order and so I was pleased to have my new addition within three days and just before Christmas. Thank you, AO for the excellent service.
If you’re planning a kitchen declutter I wish you the best of luck! Further posts on decluttering, simple living and minimalism.