Resolve to De-Clutter the Kitchen

by Olga Golikova 03/24/2019

Resolutions are well on their way with the New Year. If organizing your kitchen is one of yours here are some tips to help get it going. 

Getting started

Figure out how you want the space you do have to work, enabling you to measure out the type of organization you need. For instance, if it is a pantry shelf that you put baking odds and ends on then deep, thin trays could be ideal. No need to make a fuss over its label in the store either: if the shelf is tall enough then a magazine holder can do the job while also giving you more design options from which to choose. 

If there is something bigger that you replenish frequently, it is probably a good idea to get large, reusable containers to fit your space for holding your flour, rice, cereal, beans, sugar, etc. These are more easily organized and moved around when you are using your kitchen. 

Do spices leave you searching the cabinet for the right one to do the job? 

Get matching spice bottles. Label each container and stick it to the bottom of your cabinets over the kitchen counter space with Velcro. Or, affix magnets to them and utilize a metal surface such as the side of the refrigerator to organize them on. They will always be easy to find and leave that extra cabinet open for other storage needs.

Is your under-sink cabinet a mess?

Under the sink can become a nightmare if not kept in order through some system. There are many tools designed to combat clutter in the battle for organization in this spot. Attach cabinet door organizers to the inside or hang them over the edge of the door. These are great for anything from cleaning bottles to small items like sponges and such. Adhesive hooks work well for lightweight items designed for hanging like brushes or cloths. A bonus—these hooks can also be used to hang brooms, mops, and dusters on the wall alongside the refrigerator or inside the pantry. 

Re-purpose organizing tools for your needs.

Items such as towel racks, dish drying racks, and even letter holders accomplish any purpose that you need. Towel racks, for example, can also be mounted to help store and organize pan lids. Desktop-style letter holders can hold pans and baking sheets upright or hung on the sides to use wall space for smaller items. 

Use what you can to keep your mind calm.

Let your imagination work for you and don’t allow clutter to keep you from enjoying your kitchen to its fullest this year. Be on the lookout for organization hacks that work for you and your kitchen but most importantly don’t forget to use them!

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Olga Golikova

Welcome to the blog of Olga Golikova, Russian speaking realtor and real estate broker serving MD, DC, VA. With many years of real estate experience in the Washington metropolitan area, covering everything from selling, buying, and leasing homes, I can handle almost any real estate transaction that comes my way. My business approach is direct and successful: I listen to the client's needs and match them to the right property, then assure a honest and efficient transaction. My goal is to make sure my clients are treated with excellent service, which in turn allows for a smooth and stress-free experience. My philosophy is to build genuine relationships with my clients from the very beginning and have them consider me a reliable real estate resource not just once, but for life.