Monday 10 September 2018

Simplify Fall 2018- Kitchen

Summertime is always filled with fun activities and experiences.  During this time, however, I tend to neglect my home.  Things get shoved into the wrong cupboards, clutter (ugh) piles up and I choose to ignore it until Fall reappears.  The first room on my home simplifying project was my kitchen.  We have lived in our home for a year and a half and I have started to notice things that were not working well in the kitchen. 

Our kitchen is quite small and the cupboard space that it has is poorly set up.  I bought some cupboard shelves from the Dollar Tree in hopes of utilizing my tiny space better.  It actually worked.  I didn't think to take any before pictures (oops!) so you will have to trust me when I say it was slightly chaotic.

I moved all the dishes to one cupboard.  It makes sense to keep like things together.  I also created a 'baby' shelf for my daughter's soothers, teethers and baby food containers.  I cleared a whole cupboard shelf in my kitchen to serve as a command center.  I am really excited about this and hope that it helps me stay on top of things.  I added some stacking bins to the cupboard under the sink to utilize space and corral rags.  I removed a few items that we don't use and placed them in the donation box.  Paring down is always an ongoing process. 

Kitchen Organization Tips:

Keep like things together.  Our cupboards do not make this easy.  The small cupboard shelves made it possible for us to have our dishes in one place. 

Have a place for papers.  I don't know about you, but my counter seems to attract papers and random items.  I created my command center shelf in order to combat this.  I want to get in the habit of dealing with papers right away so they don't pile up.

Give things a home, especially small items.  I use tupperware containers and stacking bins for this purpose.  Small items, such as soothers and teethers need a home or they will just float around in your cupboards.  If you don't give things a home they end up scattered.

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