Master the Art of Kitchen Decluttering with 12 Key Principles

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Keeping your house in order is often a strenuous task. The room that requires more work is undoubtedly the kitchen. From old jars that we are sure will come in handy one day to hundreds of different mugs accumulated throughout the years and dozens of pots, pans, bowls, and glasses, decluttering this room is not easy, but it must be done. Here are 12 tips to keep your kitchen tidy at all times. 

Have a ‘Priority Bowl’

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Food waste is the first issue to be addressed when decluttering your kitchen. Not only does that half-rotten apple on your countertop look awful, but it’s also a waste! The solution? Get a designated ‘priority bowl’. This is where all food that needs to be eaten as soon as possible must be placed. It’s a great way to decorate your kitchen and keep it organized at the same time. 

Stick the Knives

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Leaving your knives in a random drawer is dangerous and messy. So, why not display your best ones? Get a magnetic holder and attach it to your wall. This will make it super easy to get the correct knife whenever needed while freeing up space in your drawer and adding an extra professional touch to your kitchen. 

Find a Designated Spot For All Your Tools

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As a general rule of thumb, every item in your kitchen should have its place. No wonder your kitchen is a mess if you’re amassing your bowls, dishes, mugs, pots, and pans in a single drawer without any system whatsoever. So, how can you organize it all? With dividers! Ensure every item has its designated spot, and you will never have to get everything out of your drawer to reach for that pot in the back again. 

Get More Storage on Each Shelf

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But where do you find enough space to give all your cooking tools a designated spot? There are a few tricks you can use. For instance, buy risers to create extra space on the upper part of each shelf. Alternatively, use hooks on both sides of your shelf to hang towels or purchase boxes to divide different kitchen tools. 

Display your kitchen books

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If you love to cook, you certainly have a few books on healthy eating, vegan cooking, French cuisine, etc. So, why not display them to give your kitchen that extra touch instead of hiding them in a drawer, taking up space? Create a nice shelf to display your book, and buy original bookends to keep them in place. 

Display Veggie and Fruit

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Not all fruits and vegetables should be kept in the fridge. For instance, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions do much better outside the fridge. Be creative and display them nicely instead of amassing them in a corner. For instance, put your herbs in lovely vases with water, buy a banana hanger to display your bananas, or buy a wicker basket for that rustic look.

Divide Cutlery

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How do we know whether someone is messy or not with absolute certainty? Check their cutlery drawer. In other words, if you still haven’t bought a cutlery divider, this is your sign. You are no longer in college; you cannot waste 15 minutes looking for that pair of chopsticks at the bottom of your drawer whenever you order Asian food. 


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Have you ever wondered what that white powder on that random jar you stored months ago is? Sugar? Flour? Baking powder? Investing in a good label maker will prevent you from facing this issue in the future while making your kitchen look extra tidy. Create cute labels for all your jars and boxes to know where everything is at all times. 

Hang Things

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Most kitchen tools nowadays have holes for the sole purpose of being hanged. So why not make the most out of these? This can also be a great way to displace your best pieces, whether a lovely wooden spoon, a funky spatula for your desserts, or a lovely copper pot, adding that vintage look to your kitchen. 

Organize Your Fridge

Remember to organize your fridge, too! Just because most of your guests won’t see it, this doesn’t mean it can be messy or, even worse, dirty! Make sure to clean your fridge at least once a month and buy dividers and boxes to keep it tidy. Ensure you have an area for food that needs to be eaten soon to avoid waste and prevent moldy food from building up in your fridge.

Get Rid of Jars

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Are you one of those people who never throw away empty jars because they may come in handy one day? Then, you probably have an entire shelf devoted to empty containers, from plastic boxes from your favorite Chinese takeaway food to empty jars of mayo, jam, and pickles. It may be time to get rid of all that mess and instead invest some money in some airtight glass jars and containers where to store all your ingredients. 


Now that you have freed up enough space, remember to give your kitchen a unique touch by adding some good decorations. Plants are always a good idea to brighten up the space. Another great idea is to frame the menu of one of your favorite restaurants and hang it on the wall. 

More for You

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Good job! Your kitchen is finally clutter-free, so why not celebrate with a romantic dinner with your partner? Cook delicious food, play soft jazz, and light some candles. Don’t forget to decorate the table with these 11 tips for a chic dinner for two.

This article was first published on the RB ITALIA Blog.

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