Declutter the kitchen

The kitchen. A room we all frequently use to cook, bake and entertain. It’s no wonder so many of us consider this room to be the heart of the home – all the more reason to keep it in order and make sure your kitchen space is at its sparkling best. 

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you’ll know there’s nothing quite so annoying as not being able to find a vital gadget or ingredient when you need it… you know it’s in the kitchen somewhere, but you just can’t lay your hands on it! Follow our simple steps, and your kitchen will be a clutter-free haven in no time.

Organise your worktopsLakeland Sliding Bamboo Organiser

You can save space on worktops by hanging utensils and even knives from hooks or rails under your wall units, or even by using a neat knife block. If you don’t have space to hang them, having a utensil holder by the cooker is a useful idea, and any extra utensils will benefit from having more space around them in the drawer.

Tiered shelves or baskets keep everything within reach when you’re cooking, without allowing your workspace to get cluttered – they can make an attractive addition to your kitchen too, like our lovely Sliding Bamboo Organiser.

Your best  plates and crockery can look great on display if you have a rack or a shelf to put them on, avoiding the precarious grabbing of the big plate at the bottom of the pile in the cupboard… Our Bamboo Corner Shelf looks great both out on the side or, if you don’t have the worktop space to spare, it fits nicely in most cupboard spaces too.

Clear the cupboards

On to your cupboards. Start by emptying them – this can seem like the most daunting part of the task, but you really do need to know what you’ve got, and you can do one at a time to break it down. You’ll be amazed at what you might find at the back! While the cupboards are empty, give them a quick clean – it’s not often they’ll be empty, so it’s worth making the most of it. The key question to ask yourself when you’re going through your findings is: do I use it? If not, get rid.

Joseph Joseph Undershelf Spice Rack

Check use-by dates on food – how long have you had that packet of Mexican spices? Will it really have any flavour left? In contrast, you’ll discover loads in your cupboard that you’d forgotten about that’s still in date – so make use of it. A spice rack will help to keep your spices organised and easy to access, as well as using up less space than just chucking them in the cupboard. Sachets may just need putting together so they don’t disappear from view, or you might find that a caddy or tub is the answer – even a letter rack can be brought back to usefulness for sachets and packets.

Tins of food don’t always stack neatly on top of each other, and you always end up needing the one that’s right at the back… A tiered shelf or rotating organiser will help you make much better use of your space and will keep everything you need to hand.

Dry goods like flour, rice and pasta are often better stored in airtight containers; not only will they keep them fresh and protected, but it means you can stack them, wasting no precious cupboard space. And if the containers are clear or have windows, you’ll have no trouble telling when you need to shop for more.

And of course, if you’re as keen on baking as we are, there are all those dinky pots of flavouring, edible lustre and sprinkles that are best staying together in a dedicated space, perhaps in a basket or other type of container. If you’re fed up of routing round to find the right icing nozzle in your drawer, PME’s Icing Nozzle Storage Box will keep them nice and organised and easy to view.

Freshen up your fridge

Even your fridge will appreciate a bit of a tidy. Sort through any unused or out-of-date jars or condiments and organise the contents so you can see everything available to you, avoiding any unnecessary food waste. Give it a good wipe down with an antibacterial spray and a cloth before moving on to the rest of the kitchen.

Don’t avoid the deep clean

Once you’ve finished organising the kitchen space, it’s time to get cleaning. Mop up any burnt-on mess in your oven using a decent oven cleaner. Once you’re done, pop down one of our Magic Oven Liners, and you’ll never need to do the dreaded task again. Next, show your hob the same level of TLC, giving it a good clean to get it gleaming and looking like new.

Wipe down worktops and have a good scrub at the sink – you might just be surprised by the stains you find in there when it hasn’t had a decent clean for a while. Stay at the sink and treat mucky plug holes to a quick scrub before using a drain cleaner to keep your pipes free-running and clear of food-related blockages.

Last of all, finish with a flourish by giving your kitchen floor a good clean, sweeping and mopping all of those awkward corners that can get forgotten about. If you don’t like using strong chemicals, steam mops are a great option, as the very hot steam gets rid of up to 99% of germs and bacteria and shifts grubby marks with ease, using nothing but water from your tap.

Now you’re ready to sit back, relax and put your feet up for a well-earned cup of tea as you admire your transformed kitchen space.

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