While the kitchen may be the heart of the home, it can also be a major hotspot for clutter. Cooking and preparing food in a cluttered kitchen can be annoying at best, and stress-inducing at worst! If your kitchen tends to look messy no matter how clean or dirty it actually is, it’s time to address those organizational pain points. And you’ll find out exactly how to do that in today’s post! :-)
Today I’ll be sharing 9 different things that typically contribute to kitchen clutter. None of them take a lot of time or effort to fix, and you don’t even have to do them all at once if you don’t want to! But once you’ve addressed them, you’ll be surprised at how much your kitchen looks and feels like a whole new space!
9 Little Things That Contribute To Kitchen Clutter
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1. Your Countertops Are Covered In Kitchen Appliances
Nothing will clutter up your kitchen counters like small kitchen appliances! Take stock of all your small appliances, and sort them by how often you use them. Small appliances you use every day, like your coffee maker or toaster, can stay on the countertop if you have space for them. (And keep those cords tidy by using my favorite cord organization tool, which you can read about at the link below!)
The appliances you use a few times a week or less should go into a cupboard or closet for storage. You want to keep them accessible, just without sacrificing your precious counter space.
2. You Haven’t Adjusted Your Shelves
It’s easy to forget that the height of most shelves, whether they’re in cupboards or a shelving unit, can be adjusted! Check the height of your shelves to see if they are.
3. Your Fridge Is Covered In Old Papers
We all have our own tastes when it comes to the front of the fridge. I’m they type that prefers not to hang stuff there, but to each their own! If you do hang stuff on your fridge, make sure it isn’t cluttered up with out of date papers or reminders. If it doesn’t serve a purpose or isn’t meaningful to you in some way, get rid of if!
4. You Leave Out All Of Your Cooking Utensils
If you keep a wide variety of cooking utensils out on your counter, they could be adding to the clutter. Choose a few of your most trusted or cutest-looking cooking utensils to keep in a small crock, and put the rest in a drawer close by.
5. Your Junk Drawer Is Overflowing
Everyone has a junk drawer, right? While it’s nice to have a spot to dump those miscellaneous items that end up in the kitchen, it is always a hot spot for clutter! Make a point to go through your junk drawer every so often and clear out anything that needs to go. Keep the remaining items tidy with a few small drawer organizing bins.
6. You’re Holding On To Things You Don’t Use
Our tastes and eating habits change over time, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! But hanging on to utensils or appliances you no longer use is usually just a waste of storage space. For instance, if you’re no longer drinking fresh juice for breakfast, it may be time to get rid of that bulky juicer! Donate it, and reclaim that storage space for something you use more frequently.
7. You Have A Massive Pile Of Junk Mail
It’s too easy to let junk mail, bills, and catalogs grow into an unmanageable mountain of clutter. Find a small basket or letter sorter, and take a minute to sort through your mail every day. Set the junk mail aside for recycling, and place the important stuff in your basket or letter sorter where you can keep it til it’s needed.
8. You Have Too Many Kitchen Gadgets
I love a good kitchen gadget, but it doesn’t take long for them to start cluttering up my drawers! If your kitchen gadget situation could also use some help, pull them all out of the drawer and take an inventory. If you don’t absolutely need it, set it aside to donate. You don’t need all those “unitasker” gadgets creating clutter!
There are plenty of ways to use your more versatile kitchen tools to do the same job as those fancy unitasker kitchen gadgets. You can read all about them at the link below!
9. You Have A Lot Of Food Stored In Bags
Bagged foods are really hard to store efficiently, and can quickly contribute to kitchen-based clutter! Transfer foods that come in bags (like dry beans, rice, pasta, and bulk spices) to stackable, airtight containers. Read all about my favorite set of food storage containers at the link below!
What’s your best tip for controlling kitchen clutter?