Conquering Kitchen Clutter

Conquering Kitchen Clutter

You don't need a high-tech kitchen to make tasty meals. What you need is a good spatial plan! The best kitchen is organized, with a place for each item. It’s easy when you follow these tips!
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The Kitchen Zones.

 Start off by seeing your kitchen as a group of zones defined by activity. There's the prep zone, the appliance zone, the cleanup zone, the cutlery zone, the china zone, etc. Once you've defined your zones, store related items close to where you use them. For example, keep your plates and cutlery near your dining table, glasses next to the fridge and knives and cutting board near your prep counter.

The Appliance Check.

 Do you really use that huge mixer that's taking up space on your counter? When was the last time you made popcorn in the popper? If you don't use an appliance on a daily basis, keep it out of sight (in a cupboard, in the basement, etc.).

The Container Theory.

 Organized shelves often look uniformly "contained." So give a uniform look to items like pasta, flour, sugar, etc. by storing them in Ziploc® Brand Twist 'n Loc® Containers. These durable containers with seal-tight lids keep dry foods and liquids like oils organized and fresh. Use them in your fridge for juices and other perishable liquids such as leftover soups.

The Spice Solution.

 Tired of having to sort through a mess of spice bottles to find just that one you want? Invest in a spice rack that twirls on its stand. Or fill a large Ziploc® Brand Container minus the lid with your spice bottles. Put the container inside a cabinet for easy retrieval.

The Recipe Code.

 Is your precious shelf space being usurped by cookbooks you no longer use? Shift them to another bookshelf or throw a recipe book-swap party with a friend. Donate extras to your local library. Or print your favorite recipes and store in an old photo album, inside the picture slots.

The Emergency Stash.

 Have you been saving up cans of food and jugs of water for emergencies? Great. But they don't need to live in your kitchen. Designate an "emergency closet" or stash them in the basement or attic.

The Everything Drawer.

 Do you have one drawer where you throw everything? I do, and if you're like me, you can't find anything in it! Until I discovered that Ziploc® Brand Storage Bags are great for scooping up and organizing all those errant knickknacks. I designate individual bags for screws and bolts, another for batteries, one for pens and pencils, one for stamps, one for adhesive bandages, one for miscellaneous items (when I cannot recall what something is!), and so on—the list is endless. The see-through plastic helps me quickly sift for what I want.
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Diane, SC Johnson home care expert
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1/11/2013 , 
Eleanore  D.
Thank you for the great tips, I am going to rearrange my kitchen and de-clutter. When taking down for example, fans, tables, light fixtures, I do put the little parts in the Ziploc bags and twist tie the bag to the fixture to keep from losing those little pcs. Eleanore
1/11/2013 , 
Cecelia  M.
Thank you for these tips about organising the kitchen. You have given me some great Ideas. I have a suggestion for you also. Make the Sent Nutcracker for all of your air freshener line. Or Autumn Woods. I am allergic to flowery smells and some of the fruit smells are to sweet smelling. These two smells are great they don't have a real strong fragrance, but I can only get them in a candle or can and only at the holidays. People like us have allergies really need something that wont drive our sinus nuts. It is the same way wth clothes deterget and frabic softners. That is hard to find one that dosn't giv me a bad headache after washing, and drying my clothes I can not ue Tide or Gain because of the strong smell. Thanks for making some of your products allergy friendly.
1/10/2013 , 
Karina  S.
I love the snack size bags. I use them for sooo many things. My daughter loves to make things but all those little parts drive me nuts. So I bag them according to type. Don't have to worry about them fitting into little slots like the craft containers, and she only takes out the bag she needs instead of the whole lot! I also like them for those teenie tiny Barbie-type accessories. And I use the regular size bags or size as needed, for things that have accessories and the item, so that the whole toy is easier to find and I don't have broken boxes, etc, hanging around the toy room dropping pieces out at will. lol
1/9/2013 , 
Dottie  S.
Thank you so much for so many great ideas. I will be using four of them for sure. I would really like some ideas , other than opening the mail at the shredder. There are many things that need to be saved for a short time and so they end up being in a pile on the end of my kitchen table. And it keeps building up. Like magazines, coupons and booklets from the mail or newspapers. I can't always sit down and go through them as soon as they arrive each day. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Dottie
1/9/2013 , 
Priscilla  D.
I found in one of those little catalogs that come in the mail, a spice rack that sits in my cabinet and has 3 levels. the drawers pull out and down and it was inexpensive and works wonderful.
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