Before you get busy with spring activities, take time now to simplify and declutter your kitchen. Get yourself ready for the warm weather and upcoming grilling season. The goal is to make room in your kitchen for what is truly useful and beautiful.
Put away any Christmas items still lingering on your counters or in your cabinets. If you have fall items still out, get those put away, too. Throw away broken items and put ones you don’t love or use anymore in your donation pile.
Put away the Valentine’s items, too. The sooner they’re gone, the sooner you can decorate for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Ditto tossing the broken items and donating the unloved ones.
Go through your linens, too, and put away anything that isn’t the current season. I keep a few tablecloths – bright yellow, pink, medium green, and a fall one. I’d like to add a gray one to my collection for company. I only use white napkins since they go with everything.
Store only daily and weekly use items in your kitchen cabinets. How many mixing bowls do you really need? And yes, I’m preaching to the chore here. Use mini wire shelves to maximize the space.
Saving plastic serving platters for parties? Store them outside the kitchen. Maybe you have a spot under the bed in your bedroom, as long as everything is clean.
Review your kitchen tools – serving spoons, etc. to make sure you’re using everything in the drawers.If not, see if a friend needs the tool, or maybe a young adult starting out with their first apartment. No takers? Put it in your donation pile. You only need a few basic tools; the rest of the tools need to earn their place in your kitchen.
Do all your appliances have an assigned spot in a kitchen cabinet or do they take up counter space?In my kitchen, I keep the microwave/convection oven, Kitchen Aid mixer, coffee maker, and toaster oven on my counters. My immersion blender is stored in a basket with its accessories on top of a set of shelves for easy access.
In my cabinets, I store the food processor, crockpot for making yogurt, yogurt maker and popcorn maker. The popcorn maker needs to be moved downstairs for storage since we only use it a few times a year. My new Blendtec Blender is sitting on the counter until I decide where to store it.
I keep my bread machine in the basement even though I have used it several times a week. It takes up a lot of space. Since I set it up to run for several hours by itself like my dehydrator, I don’t need to keep the bread machine in the kitchen. It sits on my dryer in the laundry room area, a room I visit several times a day.
If you make fermented foods and beverages or grow your own herbs, you may have other items on your counters. Usually, these items can be moved to harder to reach spots in the kitchen keeping the counters clear for every day food preparation.
Since I make kombucha, I have a shelf dedicated to storing the kombucha while it ferments. I keep the big fermenting bottles on top of my fridge. Unfortunately, the bottled kombucha and empty bottles are taking up space on the counter. I may move them to the top of the fridge.