How do you keep clutter out of the kitchen? I posted a question on Facebook asking people what they had in their kitchen that didn't belong there. Here were some of the answers: Art supplies, tools, duct tape, screws, nails, staple gun, tape measure, laptop, ad circulars, cell chargers and the list goes on. My advice, if it is not related to appliances, cooking or food, and you don't use it everyday, get it out of the kitchen! I find that people who have bigger kitchens find ways to clutter them because they have space to fill so the kitchen acts as a drop spot for everything. The smaller the kitchen, the more creative you have to be with finding ways to condense and organize and make the most of your space.
Here are my top 5 tips on keeping clutter out of the kitchen:
* Follow my advice above.
* Keep tools in the garage, closet, or basement where you house all the rest of your tools.
* If it is paper related items like mail, circulars, magazines find an area in your home, your home office is ideal. If you don't have a home office try to set up an area where you can pay your bills, file circulars, coupons, receipts etc. Keep these items confined to one area.
* Try not to drop everything in the kitchen when you walk in the door. It will accumulate and it will never leave.
* Give keys, jackets, dog leashes, shoes, hats, etc. a home by the entry way. Do not let them take over the kitchen.
If you happen to have a desk in your kitchen, be sure to keep paperwork and items contained to the desk area.
If you have the space and absolutely need a drawer in the kitchen for odds and ends, be sure that you have a drawer divider in that drawer and you keep it organized. If it is not organized, things get lost and that is how we waste money. We buy things we don't realize we already may have.
After reading this, take inventory of what you actually have in your kitchen. You may be surprised at what you may find!