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Stop the Madness: 7 Tips to Inspire Kitchen Cabinet Organization

By Sommer Poquette

Americans are known for accumulating unnecessary stuff — especially in the kitchen. If there’s no room for it, just shut the cabinet door, and suddenly the clutter magically disappears. Out of sight, out of mind!

That is, until one day when that pile of plates, bowls, pans and mismatched Tupperware tumbles out onto your toe. You scream and say a few choice words before promising yourself that someday you’ll get organized.

It may be silly, but we can all relate to this scenario. There’s even a UCLA-backed study that says American families are overwhelmed by clutter. Is the mess really worth a broken toe and the potential loss of your sanity? It’s time to stop the madness! Let’s organize our kitchen cabinets and take control of the chaos.

Step 1: Prepare to say good-bye. Mentally prepare yourself to donate, throw away or recycle unused, unnecessary or orphaned kitchen items. It seems funny, but we hang on to items for odd reasons, and that stuff just turns into clutter. For example, if you’re saving that first-ever sippy cup from your child’s toddler days and they’re now 9 years old, it’s time to take a deep breath and let it go. Really, it is going to be okay.

Step 2: Dedicate an afternoon or even a day. You’ll need time to really empty your kitchen cabinets and see what you have, what you actually use and what you need. “Need” is the key word here. If your kitchen is like my kitchen, you might need a full day.

Step 3: Create a playlist to help you get in the mood. If you’re seriously organizing your kitchen cabinets, you’ll want some good tunes. So create your ultimate inspirational playlist or Pandora radio station and get ready to crank it up — you have some major work ahead of you.

Step 4: Empty your kitchen cabinets. Each. And. Every. Single. One. Do not cheat and say you’ll get to a cabinet later. Go all in. Empty each kitchen cabinet and sort everything into the following piles: “Used often,” “Never used or hardly used,” and “I don’t know what this is or what this belongs to.”

Step 5: Clean the inside of your kitchen cabinets. They’re empty for the first time in who knows how long, so take the opportunity to give them a good scrub. Wash the entire interior and consider putting down pretty shelf liner — you may even be able to see it once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter!

Step 6: Purge. All of the items that you never use, hardly use or that you’re not even sure what the heck they are, kiss them good-bye. Give them a new home. Donate them, or ask a friend if they need 27 miscellaneous Tupperware lids. Recycle whatever you can, and if it can’t be recycled or rehomed, then it must go in the trash.

Step 7: Organize. The best part of all! This is when you take what you have and decide how to put it back into your clean kitchen cabinets. Here are few tips for organizing your kitchen cabinets, now that you have finally de-cluttered everything.

  • Beautiful white shelves with tableware and decorPut items that you use often in easy-to-reach places. If you want the children to get their own water and/or snacks, put the plastic cups, plates and bowls where they can reach them.
  • Display items neatly. Even though the kitchen cabinet is closed, you’ll know that behind the doors, you have everything looking nice and neat.
  • Consider stacking bowls, plates and Tupperware. Items that store neatly and won’t take up as much room make for tidier kitchen cabinets, overall.
  • Use your space wisely. If you have high kitchen cabinets, put items that that are seasonal (like your Thanksgiving turkey platter) higher up. Use your most accessible kitchen cabinets for items that you use daily.

Good luck with your kitchen cabinet organization. It’s a perfect spring-cleaning activity that will leave you feeling energized and renewed!

Sommer Poquette likes to provide kitchen tips that are both time saving and green for The Home Depot and her blog, cleanandgreenmom.org. For more info on a wide range of kitchen options, visit The Home Depot.

 

Photos purchased by the author from Depositphotos.com

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Small Kitchen Designs to Inspire You

By Courtney Soinski

When it comes to tiny kitchens, there is a common misconception that they’re near impossible to change. If you have a small kitchen, you may feel like you’re stuck in its current design and layout…but guess what? There is light at the end of the oven!

I recently read an article on Houzz that lists different creative homeowners and their solution for a small kitchen. Here are some of my favorite unique kitchen designs to inspire your next project.

Galley Kitchen in Salt Lake City

When the current homeowners moved into this apartment in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, their galley kitchen was painted dark brown, which make it feel cramped. After painting the walls a lighter color, their kitchen is now very functional and booming with light and open space.

Keeping it modern in Manhattan

This compact kitchen is opened up with shiny white cabinets and a mirrored backsplash. Located in New York City’s East Village in Manhattan, the grayish blue color wall color brings the whole kitchen’s design together for a sleek and modern look.

 

Pretty Portland Remodel

The initial kitchen in this Portland, Oregon bungalow was awkward and difficult to live in. It was closed off from the rest of the living area, so the homeowners were pretty certain that a remodel was in order. They knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the living room. Once that was done, they reorganized the space as well as installed newer and slimmer appliances that are now embedded in the wall.

 

Source: Houzz

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