You probably give your kitchen counters a wipe down each evening and clean any visible grime from the side of your countertops when you notice it.
But inside your cabinets, never touched food and other clutter is slowly building up along with several months’ worth of dirt, dust and grease.
Do you remember how lovely and empty your cupboards were when you first moved in or remodelled your kitchen?
You probably wondered how on earth you were going to fill up all that empty space.
But after a few months or even a few weeks, packages, boxes, pans and plates start to slowly build up.
This build-up makes it harder to find things when you are in the flow of cooking, it can clutter your mind and make you more unhappy.
With minimalist cleaning gurus like Marie Kondo hitting new heights of popularity, now is the perfect time to clear out your kitchen cabinet.
Here are our top tips for kitchen bliss.
Throw away dishes, plates and bowls you don’t like
Be honest with yourself. When was the last time that you needed more than six plates?
Most of us have a dozen full-sized plates, plus a few back-ups in the larder in case the queen and her household guard show up. And that’s not to mention all the smaller plates, bowls and any fine china you’ve got tucked away.
If you have a big cull of your crockery, it means that you can get rid of the plates with chips in them and the ugly bowls you got for Christmas.
And if you are anything like me, it will make every mealtime a pleasure, because you’ll get to eat off your favourite plate every time.
Keep things categorised in drawers and cabinets
Are your drawers a horrible mishmash of different spoons, knives, tin openers and cocktail sticks? Are your cupboards jammed with random pans, utensils and plates?
Keeping everything categorised will make your kitchen feel ten times more organised and you’ll be able to dance around each time you make a family dinner.
There are a few different ways of categorising your drawers, cabinets and shelves. Obviously, you will want to place or nest pans and plates together.
If you have multiple boxes of the same things like zippered storage bags, then you can transfer them all to one container.
If you have a lot of items or appliances that are still useful, but you don’t use very often, you might want to put these in the back of a cupboard or on a top shelf out of the way.
Do you really need that spiraliser?
There are all sorts of fad kitchen appliances like spiralisers that are bought, used a few times and quickly relegated to the back of your cupboard.
If you have any small appliances that you haven’t used for years then “it is time to thank them for the role they have played in your life, and bid them farewell,” says cleaning queen Marie Kondo.
If you still use these appliances, but only every once in a while, then you should find a suitable place for them. But don’t be fooled by the hoarder mentality that says you might, maybe, find a use for it, one day.
Create more counter space
If you have got rid of everything that doesn’t ‘spark joy’ and your cupboards still feel cramped, then you may want to think about creating some extra space in your kitchen.
You might not think you have the room for an extra counter or two, but a kitchen counter expert like Cheshire Graniteline can help you reorganise the room for some extra cabinet space.
This might mean putting in a kitchen island or using the contours of your kitchen more efficiently.