Emma has written a wonderful guest post about how to keep your kitchen looking great as possible through the holiday season and beyond. Since we spend so much time in the kitchen, it’s good to keep it all spruced up.
You decorated your kitchen to your liking and enjoyed it for a while, but now it feels like you’re suffocating in it? There’s too much clutter and too many things you’ve bought, but never used? You want a spruced up kitchen, but don’t know where to start? Don’t despair. Here are five tips for arranging your kitchen to meet all your wishes and needs.
Find a good place for your dishes
This is a starting point for every organized and functional kitchen. Everything needs to have an adequate place, which can be achieved in many ways. For example, if you don’t have a pot rack, you may want your pots to fit into one another, and you can probably fit the pot covers into a shallow drawer. If not, you can buy or even make a smaller rack for them. You can put hangers on your kitchen walls and use them to hang clothes, kitchenware sets, cups or even pans. Some kitchen tool sets come in their own containers, for more practical storage. Use floating shelves for cups, spices or jars you use frequently. They are good for storage, and very decorative, too. Also, there are mini-jars with magnetic covers for your spices. You can put them on your fridge door, or put a magnetic bar or a board on your wall especially for them.
Use every inch of your cabinet space
You think your cabinets are full? Maybe you just need to reorganize them and use the space inside them more wisely and creatively. You can use the cabinet doors to store things by installing various paper holders or magazine files for storage. You can even put a smaller trash can on the cabinet door beneath your sink. We often waste space between cabinet shelves, which can be avoided by adding a shelf or two where possible, to store plates, cups or other lower dishes and kitchenware.
Keep your kitchen clean and tidy
Once everything has its place, it’s important to keep it all just where it’s supposed to be. You cook your food in your kitchen, so it’s very important to keep it clean. Use natural products, such as vinegar, lemons or baking soda for cleaning. They are less aggressive and therefore much healthier. Make sure your kitchen has enough airflow to avoid the unwanted smells, dust, and mold. If your kitchen windows are too small or it’s too cold outside to open them often enough, be sure to use a superb air purifier for mold. These can help you keep your kitchen walls and cabinets clean, but are also very healthy since mold is often a trigger for allergies or other breathing problems.
Organize your pantry
This is where your creativity can really kick in. Add shelves, racks or various organizers to your pantry. Empty it first, clean the shelves properly and then put everything back, one item at a time for better organization. Use decorative boxes, baskets, and jars to store food and be sure to label anything that’s out of its original box or bag. Organize items in your pantry by groups first, and then by size. Keep fresh food closer to the pantry door. That way you won’t allow it to spoil or rot. Once everything is in order, go through your pantry at least once in a week, so that you dispose of anything that’s not fresh anymore.
Get rid of the things you don’t need
Whether it’s the pantry, kitchen counters or cabinets, there are always things we bought, but we don’t really use or need. Throw all those things out or give them away. Maybe somebody else will have use of them. We all buy new dishes from time to time, so don’t keep the old and damaged ones. Get rid of any cracked cups, plates or bowls, and definitely lose anything with even a hint of rust on it. Declutter your kitchen and you will enjoy spending your time there.
Being in a clean and organized kitchen will make you feel better and give you more will to cook and bake. Use these tips to turn your kitchen into a pleasant place for yourself and your family, and have fun doing it. We promise you’ll love the results.
Emma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor, and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding healthy lifestyle. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson