To live a stress-free, minimalistic, organised life it’s important to simplify your kitchen. This way you can clear out, declutter and organise your kitchen to help you find what you need more easily. It also makes your kitchen look clean, tidy and together. The best way to do all this is to only keep what you need and use. Make sure everything has its own place and when you finish using it, be sure to put it back. Keep reading for these tried and tested ways to simplify your kitchen.
Go Plastic Free
In an attempt to live a more eco-friendly zero-waste life I have decided to try to go plastic-free. I have adopted a few practices to make the necessary eco-friendly swaps in my life and around my home. Some examples include using bamboo toothbrushes and reusable produce bags. I’m also replacing my plastic food containers for glass containers with pyrex/ silicone/ bamboo lids. I think when it comes to making the right eco-friendly swaps, just start off small and work your way up. Every person’s small attempt to help the planet by living a more sustainable life will actually help.
Take a look around your kitchen and identify all of the plastic that you could get rid of. Then consider what sustainable swaps you can make. Think about plastic spoons and plastic jars (swap them out for these cute glass jars). Plastic cups, plastic containers, cling film etc can all be swapped out for something eco-friendly. I’ll be putting together a blog post with the relevant swaps you could make. Subscribe below to my email updates to be notified of the blog post once it’s ready.
Declutter your cupboards
The best way to simplify your kitchen is to declutter your kitchen cupboards. This allows you to pull everything out of your cupboards, so you can see what you own. Then you can go through each item one at a time putting them into 3 piles. The first pile are items you use and want to keep. Pile 2: items you don’t use (or haven’t in the last 6-12 months) that you can sell or donate. Pile 3: items (and trash) that can be thrown away. Be sure to clean out the cupboards thoroughly before replacing any items. Any expired (or near expired) food products can be thrown away or donated to a food bank.
Empty your countertops
The best advice I can give you for having an organised kitchen is to have clear countertops. This is definitely harder said than done as god only knows my countertops are not empty. But this is the best practice as it automatically makes your kitchen look tidy, fresh and clean.
I strive to remove all the unnecessary and cluttering items off of my countertops. This is the best way to simplify your kitchen. However, unless you get the whole family on board there will always be stuff thrown on top. This is the problem we have – people come in and just put everything on a clean spot. If it’s empty then it means that there is space for more. This is a terrible mindset as that way nothing in my house will stay clean.
Make it a habit for everyone to put things away where they belong as soon as they pick it up. This means that every item will have a home and will be put away leaving your kitchen tidy. Empty countertops = simplified kitchen and less clutter.
Reduce the amount of tableware you have
This really works. As I was setting up for dinner one night, I realised I had more plates then I needed. We had 15 dinner plates all of differing sizes and shapes. 10 extra glasses, 6 extra mugs and extra bowls. And the worst part was after years of use, wear and tear and breakage, they did not match one another.
For a family of 4, I advise you only need tableware for 8. Having tableware for 8 for a family of 4 gives each person two of everything. Important point: all 8 items should match. Heck, even your glasses, mugs, plates, bowls etc all should match. This not only makes your kitchen look cleaner, simplified and organised, but it also looks pretty (especially if you have people over).
Don’t save the special items for when the Queen comes to visit
I must admit my mother has A LOT of fancy china. They are fancy and cute. But for most of the year (unless it’s a special occasion) they are kept in a glass cabinet. We do use them just not every day. This means we have extra clutter. Of course, fancy china can be seen as antique and vintage so is a collectable. There is nothing wrong with having these items in your home, but you will have more than you actually need. The best way to deal with these would be to perhaps have only a few sets stored away somewhere. And to actually use them, so they just don’t sit somewhere collecting dust.
Less is always more
It’s very easy to get carried away with having stuff in your home and in particular your kitchen. Some people have lots of stuff whilst others only have that which they need. As the kitchen is the centre of your household it needs to be a calm, relaxed and mess-free space. It is where you prepare food. With any healthy meal, it’s important to cook the food with the right mindset. A calm environment and cooking with a positive happy attitude can prevent certain illnesses, obesity and more. Once you simplify your kitchen you are able to be more mindful and in the moment. Bringing happiness to you and your family.
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