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A new calendar year is the perfect time to set goals and intentions to guide your actions throughout the coming months. While many people set personal resolutions, it can be helpful to have this new frame of mind reflected in your living space. Because many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and because we have a hunch that most folks’ cabinets are less organized than they were after move-in day, we’re talking all about our simple and straightforward rules for organization and tidiness in the kitchen on today’s blog.
Take Stock of What You Need
We know we say this all the time, but it bears repeating; always begin a home organization project with a purge. Open up all your drawers and kitchen cabinets and thoroughly comb through each item to determine whether you need it. Extra clutter clogs up our space and contributes to a lack of organization long-term. Plus, you can always donate items in good condition to a local charity who could really use them.
Organize by Use
We talked about this simple trick for closet organization a while back, but it works just as well for kitchen cabinets. Place the items you use every day easily within reach, and store less frequently used items higher up in your cabinet. This may seem painfully obvious, but it makes a huge difference when put into practice. It will also help you to decipher which items you use most, and which you may not use very much at all, which will lead you back to step number one.
Take Advantage of Unused Space
When we think outside the box a bit, the capacity for storage can almost double in size, depending on the layout of your kitchen. Invest in organizational tools like spice racks and Lazy Susans, which help to store items vertically, in a way that we can always see and reach them without toppling over everything in their path. It also helps to move items off of your precious counter space when you can. For example, mount your paper towel rack on the wall above your sink, or on the inside of a cabinet door. This will help reduce that cluttered look and feel, and will free up space for meal prep. You can also install hooks in a convenient location in order to store pots and pans without having to stack them in drawers, leading to inevitable clanking and clanging when you go to take them out.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Now that you’ve done all the hard work of organizing, sorting, and rearranging all your shelves, you’ll want a plan in place to keep your system running smoothly. A great way to establish a new organizational layout and hold yourself accountable to continue to use it is to label each section using a label maker. Not only will this help to remind you where things now belong, but it’ll be that extra push of encouragement to place the items back in their designated areas so that your cabinets stay neat and tidy all 2019 long.
If you’re looking for a new place to call home this new year, contact an Olympus property near you today to learn more!