January is a month where I have a lot of energy. It’s usually well below zero and the perfect time to hibernate and stay home. I use the winter months to tackle projects that have been neglected because I’m too busy. The kitchen is usually the first place I begin! Starting here makes a big difference because you literally spend time in it everyday. The kitchen is a hub and a good functioning one makes life feel right. Here are some simple ways I organize my kitchen.
You Can’t Organize Clutter. To be successful organizing any space remember this simple rule. A good purge is sometimes the best reset on a kitchen that is filled to the brim and not functional.
Less is Best. How many wooden spoons and measuring cups do you really need? Answer, a lot less than you think. If you have duplicate utensils for eating or serving, make sure that you have enough for what you need and not enough for the entire neighbourhood, or that big party you’re going to throw in the distant future.
Counter Tops Clutter Free. If your countertops are clear from clutter, last nights dishes, bills and other miscellaneous items, you will feel more organized. The kitchen can easily become a vortex of random items. If you’re not cooking with it, find a place for it. I also keep my countertops free from flour or sugar bins. Less is more.
Brighten It Up. If you let natural light into your space, you’re going to feel better. It’s easy to draw blinds during the day when it’s cold outside but this is really a space that demands a lot of light. When things are lighter and brighter they feel clean and fresh. Make sure you have ample lighting and please open your blinds!
I have enjoyed my January of projects and am amazed how little changes can make a big difference. Instead of counting down the days until January is over, organizing and tackling projects creates a certain calmness, even in the kitchen.
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