Step Into Our Kitchen Cabinets

September 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm 3 comments

Kitchens are practical and necessary rooms.  Thus, they should be kept as sanitary spaces that work with (and not against) their owners.

Cramming unused food, dishes, small/useless appliances, containers, and cookbooks into cabinets and cupboards is an immediate storage solution that does not reap long term benefits.  Unused items rapidly become a source of irritation as more kitchen miscellanea is purchased or received as gifts.

Our motto: If you’re not using it – it’s not useful!

Please ask yourself  – do I ever use the waffle maker aunt Peggy gave me? Or the hot dog warmer I purchased at 4am in a drunken stupor from The Shopping Channel?  Do I really need 53 pieces of mismatched Tupperware just in case I host a dinner party and everyone I know (and have ever known) shows up?

Seemed like a hot idea at the time ...

For such a substantial and high traffic space, we suggest working through our 8 step de-cluttering method.

A kitchen should be functional and its important to keep separate cabinets for complimenting items.  Dishes with dishes, cleaning supplies with cleaning supplies, baking ware with baking ware – you get the picture.

Great Tips

Hide trash and recycling in separate cabinets or under the sink (many are set on tracks that make changing bags easy!)

Corner cabinets? Consider lazy Susan hardware (lazy Harvey? Call it whatever you want).

If space is limited use a mug rack or hooks that hang from the cabinet shelves

Add extra shelving to separate like items

Purchase appropriately sized cutlery trays

Keep your spices, fridges, and junk drawers in order!

And, while de-cluttering cabinets, assess counter space and remove appliances  not used on a daily basis (now that the Garfiled mugs from 1986 are gone – there’s room to hide ’em!).

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Swissbiz  |  September 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I’ll tell you what my problem is. My problem is that every year at Christmas, I receive from my mother a kitchen appliance I don’t need but mentioned over the year (like a juicer). And the appliances keep on getting bigger – and the kitchen space smaller. So I already sold or gave away some appliances I never used but it’s hard to do that because they are gifts. It’s like parents or friends who keep on buying gifts that no one needs or wants.

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  • 2. Edit My Closet  |  September 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Gifts are tough! Good for you for starting the de-cluttering process. We all have an emotional attachment to things given to us from those we love. Our suggestion is the very true cliche, honesty is the best policy. Although being straight forward with family/friends is difficult, letting your mom know what you would really like as a gift (because lets face it, you getting that gift whether you want it or not) will please you both. No more bulky appliances!

    Beth

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