Cooking and preparing food in a cluttered kitchen is annoying at best, and utterly dysfunctional at worst. If your kitchen tends to look messy no matter how clean or dirty it actually is, you may be struggling with pain points that aren’t immediately obvious as contributors to kitchen clutter.
In this post, we’ll look at 9 such contributors to kitchen clutter, along with simple solutions for each that are quick and easy to do. While you don’t have to address them all at once, you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference they make in your kitchen once you’ve tackled them!
9 Little Things That Contribute To Kitchen Clutter
1. Small Appliances
Nothing will clutter up your kitchen counters like small kitchen appliances! Take stock of all your small appliances and sort them according to how often you use them. Those you use every day, like your coffee maker, can stay on the countertop if you have space for them. (Keep cords tidy using my favorite cord organizing hack, which you can read about at the link below!)
The appliances you use less frequently should be stored in a cupboard or closet. The idea is to keep them accessible without sacrificing your precious counter space to them.
2. Ill-Adjusted Shelves
It’s easy to forget that many shelves, whether in your kitchen cupboards or a shelving unit, can be adjusted to different heights according to your needs. Inspect the height of all shelves in your kitchen to make sure they’re positioned at a height that makes sense for what you have stored there.
3. Old Papers On Your Fridge
We all have our own tastes and preferences when it comes to what we hang or don’t hang on our fridges. Personally, I prefer to keep the front of my fridge uncovered, but if you do hang stuff on your fridge, be sure to clear off old papers or reminders regularly. If it isn’t useful or meaningful in some way, get rid of it.
4. Numerous Cooking Utensils
If you keep a wide assortment of cooking utensils out on your counter all the time, they could be adding to the cluttered feeling in your kitchen. Choose a few of your most frequently used cooking utensils to keep in a utensil crock, and store the rest in a drawer nearby.
5. Overflowing Junk Drawer
Most of us have a junk drawer, and for many people, that junk drawer is located in or near the kitchen. While it’s nice to have a spot to dump those miscellaneous items, it’s almost always a hot spot for kitchen clutter! Make an effort to go through your junk drawer on a regular basis and clear out anything you don’t actually need, and keep the remaining items tidy using drawer organizing bins.
6. Unused Items
Our tastes and eating habits change over time—it’s a fact of life. But hanging onto 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 every morning, it may be time to get rid of that bulky juicer. Sell it or donate it, and reclaim that storage space for something you use more frequently.
7. Mountains Of Junk Mail
It’s all 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 until you’re ready to address it.
8. Numerous Kitchen Gadgets
I love a good kitchen gadget, but it doesn’t take long for them to start cluttering up my kitchen drawers. If your gadget situation could also use some help, pull them all out 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, because there are plenty of ways to use your more versatile kitchen tools to do the same job. You can read all about that by visiting the link below.
9. Bagged Foods
Bagged foods are really hard to store in a neat and tidy way, so they often end up looking cluttered or haphazard. When you buy foods that come in bags like dry beans, rice, pasta, or bulk spices, transfer them into stackable airtight containers instead. (You can read all about my favorite food storage containers at the link below!)
What’s your best tip for keeping kitchen clutter under control?