Tired of having to search through multiple cabinets to locate the pot or pan you're looking for? Feel like your cabinets and drawers have a lot of wasted space?
Organizing your kitchen helps you quickly find what you're looking for and makes cooking more enjoyable. Follow these tips from our real estate agents to get your kitchen organized and clutter-free.
- Empty Everything Out
Before you can decide what you want to keep and which items you want to toss or donate, you need to know precisely what you have in your kitchen. Empty out every item from all your cabinets and drawers. A general rule is to get rid of anything that you haven't used in the last 6 months (or 12 months for seasonal items). If you have multiples of an item, consider how many you really need based on your entertaining preferences. It likely makes sense to keep multiples of a specific type of pan or oven dish if you know you need them all when you cook larger meals, but keeping three or four spatulas when you only use one or two is a needless use of space. Get rid of anything that isn't conducive to your current lifestyle. Perhaps you used to faithfully use your juicer but now prefer smoothies made in your blender. Sell or donate the juicer.
- Clean Your Cabinets and Drawers
With everything emptied out, it's an excellent time to clean your cabinets and drawers. If you're ready to add your home to the inventory of Belleville homes for sale, it's essential to make sure every surface in your kitchen is clean. Use a handheld vacuum or regular vacuum with a crevice attachment to quickly eradicate crumbs, hair, and dirt. Then, add a little dish soap to a bowl of hot water. Grab a rag and wipe down your cabinets and drawers. Afterward, dry each cabinet, shelf, or drawer with a dry towel.
- Put Items Where They're Frequently Used
As you put things back, try to place them close to the area of your kitchen where you tend to use them. For example, pots, pans, cooking utensils, and ovenware should be stored close to your stove or oven. Place cups in the cabinet closest to wherever your drinks are stored. Stow spices and baking supplies where you prep your meals.
- Invest in Storage Accessories
The right storage accessories will expand your kitchen's storage space. Wire organizers work well for storing pans and baking sheets vertically so that you can get the piece you need without having to take everything out of the cabinet. A cabinet shelf allows you to organize your cabinet into multiple areas so that you have more usable space and can easily find what you're looking for. Hang hooks on the interior of your cabinets to store cleaning cloths and kitchen gloves. Clear bins work well for keeping items grouped together and contained in one spot. Opt for stackable bins so you can use every inch of your cabinet space. If you feel like you simply need more storage space, consider installing shelves or adding a sideboard or freestanding pantry.
With a little time and planning, you can improve your kitchen's organization so that it's a better fit for your needs. Interested in a home with a larger kitchen? Contact us today to start your search!