June 15th, 2017
Your apartment kitchen should be a source of inspiration – a place where you gather with friends and family to create delicious meals and gourmet treats. Yet, the kitchen, perhaps more than any other room, is in a constant state of flux. If one item is removed, the space is quickly filled with something else. And, before long, your kitchen has become a cluttered, disorganized mess. In fact, the only thing it seems to be inspiring these days is a call for takeout.
Sound familiar? If you’re ready to make your kitchen great again, here are three simple steps to get organized.
First things first, it’s time to empty and organize. Removing everything from your cluttered cupboards and fridge might seem daunting, but it’s more cathartic than you might think. There’s a real sense of accomplishment in simply removing a mess. It takes time, for sure, but it’s a first and necessary step to getting organized.
Start with your fridge or pick a disorganized drawer, and simply take things out. Discard spoiled or expired food, donate a few of the cans of diced tomatoes you bought in bulk (it seemed like such a good idea at the time), and organize everything else into similar groups. Most apartment kitchens have limited space, so don’t be shy about getting rid of things. Once you’ve whittled down your storage items, wipe down the shelves, and voila – clean cupboards.
You’ve barely started and already you can hear your kitchen calling your name. It’s nearly time to start researching recipes involving canned tomatoes, but first, you’ve got to put everything back.
Have you noticed that most cupboards and refrigerator shelves are about five times as tall as almost everything you put in there? Take advantage of the vertical space. Stack cans and other food items, and place adhesive hooks in your cupboards for mugs and measuring cups. Doing so will free up valuable cabinet space, allowing you to store all those items that have taken up permanent residence on your countertop. Also, consider freeing up that messy cupboard filled with precariously piled pots and pans in favor of a pot rack. It’s a relatively inexpensive and simple solution, and you’ll eventually wonder how you ever lived without it.
Now that you’ve emptied and stacked your stuff, the final step to a more organized apartment kitchen is to place the remaining items into neat and coordinated containers. Whether you’re de-cluttering your pencil drawer using space organizers, or placing storage items on shelves, containers are a great way to make your kitchen feel orderly. Especially if you’ve run out of room in your cupboards and drawers, containers can give you some extra room to have a place for everything and everything in its place.
Congratulations! You did it. Your apartment kitchen is organized and you can already feel the culinary creativity settling back in. Now, delete the Chinese takeout number from your phone, invite some friends over, prepare a meal, and bask in the glory of your newly organized kitchen.