The kitchen can be a sanctuary. The kitchen can be a grimy hell hole. Sometimes it's a little bit of both.
I think that to maintain an organized, tidy, healthy, and clean kitchen there are a few things to remember.
You can see how these tips have changed my kitchen for the better, as I show what my kitchen used to look like in my KonMari video here.
1. Clean with non-toxic and safe cleaning products.
The whole point of cleaning is to make it a healthier place to be, right? Why poison yourself with harsh chemicals? I make my own multi-purpose cleaner with a few natural and safe ingredients. I am going to post a video about the recipes I use next week. Stay tuned!
2. Clean often.
This is something that we're working on. Eventually, after decluttering more, I think it will be easier to actually clean surfaces on a more regular basis.
Matt and I have been really good about doing our dishes at the end of the night each night. We do have to get better at cleaning the refrigerator and floors at least once a week.
3. Use glass containers for food storage.
We are trying to figure out the best way to buy bulk items in an attempt to reduce the waste we produce. We have some jars for these items but might need to head over to the thrift store to find some more.
We also like storing our leftovers in glass containers rather than plastic. Plastics leach into our food when the temperature changes. Glass containers also last longer and I think they look nicer.
4. Get rid of items you don't use.
Keeping the amount of things in the kitchen to a minimum is important to me. Our kitchen is pretty small to begin with. We cook a lot so we need all the chopping space we can get.
We have a few items sitting on the dining room table in purgatory, waiting to learn their fate. Will they be sold or donated?
I also wrote a blog post about keeping the kitchen manageable, in terms of dishes and silverware. The idea I discuss has been a game-changer for me.
In my last video about our decluttering progress, you can also see the before and after of the under the sink situation. It’s MUCH better now.
5. Have a designated place for each item.
Giving each item a home in the kitchen makes it that much easier to put it away after using it. It keeps things looking tidy and you always know where everything is!
6. Incorporate plants into the kitchen.
Plants just add some freshness, color, and a sense of calm. The trick is to not go overboard and get so many plants that you can't keep them looking nice. I learned this the hard way.
If you have any kitchen tips to share, I’d love to hear about them!