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Being the heart of the home, the kitchen often becomes a cluttered mess as well. With countless ingredients, utensils, spices and other odds and ends, organization in a kitchen is key.
1. Ditch duplicates
Consolidate spices that are the same or closely related (throw out any that are dated or have lost their aroma). Extra linens you no longer use or multiple spatulas that serve the same purpose just take up space; give away or donate unneeded items.
2. Label it
Labels on shelves and canisters help everyone be responsible for staying organized. When there is an obvious place for everything, there is less chance of creating a mess.
3. Check the expiration date
Expiration dates are the fastest and simplest guide for editing your kitchen clutter. Time has come? Needs to go! And getting rid of items that are clearly out of date can help you get in the mood to purge other, more subjective items.
4. Clear storage is a clear winner
Know exactly what you have in your pantry and fridge by using see-through containers that keep items fresh and tidy. This method also helps cooks to know when to restock items in the container.
5. Label your grain
Label the jars you use to store grains and pasta with the item’s name and cooking instructions. You’re much more likely to reach for the jar of farro if it’s clearly marked as such and you know how much water to add and how long to simmer.
6. Organize cabinet contents
Store similar items, like baking ingredients, together. This makes finding ingredients faster and more efficient while cooking.
7. Banish rarely used items
Keep your countertops free of items you don’t use at least a few times a week. Small appliances simply clutter your work area if they’re not being put to use.
8. Better bins make cleaner closets
Designate an easy-to-use place for trash and recyclables. Bonus: Use trash or recycling days as a reminder to clean the fridge or pantry.