The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any house and without a doubt, it has the most “stuff” in it. Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market or are looking to lighten your load
and start the new year fresh and organized, I have yet to see one kitchen that couldn’t use a little TLC. Since it IS such a major room in the house, I recommend that you set aside a little extra time to get thru the first big organize and purge. It make take a day out of your weekend, but it will feel so good once you’re done!
Purge your pots and pans – You can make cooking a true joy by limiting the gadgets and cookware you keep to the ones you actually use. This will go along with the next point, but do you really need that pasta maker or 500 serving platters that are crowding your cabinets? What about every gadget known to chefs that are taking up space in your drawers? Use the same criteria for your kitchen that you should use for your clothes closet – if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it or at the very least, store it.
Limit the number of appliances on your counter Focus on making your kitchen sleek but functional by removing items that you don’t use very often. If it’s something you use it every day like a toaster or coffee pot, then you can justify keeping it out. But really – how often do you use that giant mixer or bread machine? Move those kind of items to the pantry or other storage area.
Rethink your layout The cabinet that you probably use the most, all day and night, is the one that has your plates and glassware and coffee mugs. If your kitchen is like mine, you probably have them all in the same cabinet but is that the most logical setup? Maybe not. I rearranged the cabinets last year and put everything that is used to serve meals in one cabinet and everything that is used to make coffee, beverages, etc. in another. I used the cabinet that was located closest to the coffee pot, sink and refrigerator for the “beverage” station and the plates, platters, etc. closest to the stove. Now I am not running through the kitchen trying to get what I need.
Say not to labels. If you have an item that’s stored on the counter because it’s used daily, like a bottle of dish soap, consider storing it in an attractive vessel instead of the container it comes in. Think how much more attractive your Dawn dish soap would look in a glass bottle (an unused oil and vinegar bottle maybe?) than giving free advertising to Dawn!
Keep out a bowl of fresh fruit – Not only is it attractive, but it will encourage you to eat it (healthy living!) before it goes bad! I love the look of a tall, glass vase filled with oranges and limes!
Again, whether your house is on the market or not, having a well-organized kitchen will not only look better but will function better for you and your family.