We partnered with organizational expert Wendy from the blog Pretty Well Organized to bring you her top tips for getting your kitchen organized and in control in the New Year!
I can’t believe the New Year is here already. It seems everyone is anxious to start off the year with resolutions: lose weight, pick up a new hobby or finally get organized. I am no exception! I love the newness that comes from flipping the calendar to a new year — it’s a good excuse to start fresh.
This year, I am going to get our home organized. Rather than let the task overwhelm me, I try to start organizing by tackling one room at a time. Our kitchen seems to be the dumping ground for all things that come into our home, and thus, usually needs the most work. As tempting as it would be to push this room off to the end, with two kiddos, we spend far too much time in the kitchen to put it off any longer.
I stopped by my local Tuesday Morning to pick up a few things to help get started. Tuesday Morning has a great selection of organization and kitchen items at affordable prices. I picked up some great baskets and a couple décor items to add character to the space. Here are 10 quick tips I followed to refresh our kitchen in the New Year:
- Dispose of expired food. I quickly sorted out expired foods. This made my pantry feel instantly more spacious and less cluttered.
- Wipe out cabinets & drawers. I gave each shelf & drawer a quick wipe with a paper towel to remove accumulated dust. Before I put items back in the cabinets, I organized them in these cute baskets I found at Tuesday Morning for $7.99 and $9.99 (compared to prices of $16 and $20 elsewhere). Organizing the contents of our pantry was much easier with baskets. No more hunting around for items.
- Line drawers. I lined all my drawers with no-slip drawer liner (which I picked up for $5.99, compared to $13.99 elsewhere) to help prevent items from shifting around. This worked especially well in my spice drawer.
- Donate items you seldom use. While it was nice to have the occasional very specialized kitchen tool, the fact is they were creating unnecessary clutter. I removed these items from the kitchen and donated them. This made lining the drawers a lot easier since there was less to move around.
- Personalize the space by adding décor. I added this great metal wall hanging I found at Tuesday Morning for $25.99 (compare to $60 elsewhere!).
- Wipe out the refrigerator. It is amazing how quickly a fridge can accumulate spills and sticky residue. I pulled out the items in my fridge one shelf at a time and disposed of anything that had expired. Then I wiped the shelf off with a paper towel to get rid of any residue.
- Wash the dishwasher. Really! I try to do this about quarterly to get rid of all the grime that builds up. I filled a glass measuring cup with 1 cup of vinegar, then I ran the dishwasher on my normal cleaning cycle, empty, with the measuring cup of vinegar on the top rack.
- Clear countertop clutter. Too many items on the counter make the space feel more cluttered and closed in — and I am guilty of allowing items to pile up on the counter. I moved seldom-used appliances to cabinets and the pantry to clear off my counters and give my kitchen a more open feeling.
- Clean the sink. As tempting as it is to leave dishes in the sink (especially when we have a chaotic evening with the baby and just want to crash into bed!), I always try to clean the sink before I turn in for the night. Waking up to a clean sink means less time cleaning up yesterday’s mess.
- Wipe down all counters. Last but not least, I thoroughly wiped down all surfaces. This helped clean up my organizing mess and ensured the kitchen got a little extra sparkle.
It took me just a couple of hours over the weekend to move through these 10 tasks, and it was SO worth it! My kitchen looks and feels so much more organized.
– Wendy from Pretty Well Organized