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I grew up in a hoarder’s dream: a cluttered household with never enough storage space and an even more cluttered kitchen.
Our kitchen was about the size of a nursery so imagine how claustrophobic it was with a medium-sized dining table, a pantry we bought that took up half of the kitchen wall, and countertops full of an ARRAY of random protein drinks and other miscellaneous items/appliances (including an antenna radio because sometimes ya need a good jam while saucing it up on the stove, girl).
It wasn’t practical but we managed and we made it work (you rarely had to look for anything since they were all in front of your face lol #TheBrightSide). It also made me the minimalist that I am today (so I guess I should thank them for the hoarding PTSD?)!
I like to organize my house in a way where “less is more”. We can have all of the nice things, but we don’t need to see them 24/7 or squish them altogether on the countertops. There’s a place for everything and your drawers and cabinets have more room in them than you may think!
If you’re an aspiring minimalist like me or just want to get your kitchen in order, keep reading for more on how to organize your kitchen for a less cluttered aesthetic and ultimately create a kitchen with minimal stress and calming vibes (ya know, a place where you actually want to cook):
Keep Similar Items Together
I know I’ve definitely been guilty of this but who else just dumps all of their miscellaneous pots and pans in a cabinet without thinking twice about it? Yes, it makes life easier when you first move in (and have a million other things to unpack) but it’s not that functional long-term.
Start by separating all of your kitchen items by their functions and usefulness. If they work in a similar fashion or provide the same purpose, then they should live together in the same cabinet. For example, put all of your baking items together, all of your Tupperware/storage containers together, and all of your pots and pans together.
Organizing your kitchen essentials by function makes everything so much easier to find so if you’re looking for something specific you can probably find it in the same place as an item with a similar function!!
Minimalist Hack: Invest in a cookware organizer that has slots perfectly fit for all of your pots, pans, cutting boards, and lids! It adds and saves so much room plus it makes your cabinets look less junky.
Store Frequently Used Utensils in a Holder
Put some of your big metal spoons, slotted spoons, wooden spoons, and spatulas in a cute utensil holder to have handy when you’re using the stove.
I got a cute, glass one with “utensils” written on it so I clearly know what’s in there (haha). It’s a decorative piece in itself but also adds quality function!
I got mine from West Elm but this one is similar to the ones I have!
Invest in a Mail Organizer
Even though I have an entry table…somehow our mail always ends up on the kitchen counter (*smacks forehead).
I won’t lie…for the whole first year in our new house (including up to a couple of weeks ago lol), we let all of the mail pile up on the counter and it was a complete and utter HOT. MESS!!!
So, since it’s going to pile up on the counter anyway, why not make it an organized mess with a mail organizer? They come as indoor mailboxes, junk trays, or a just a plain, wooden box like this one.
Find one that matches your kitchen style and get to organizing!!
Minimalist Hack: Don’t let your mail build up!! It’s an eye sore and you can miss out on some important documents (take this as a lesson learned from me, sis).
Create a Coffee Corner
Having a coffee or a tea corner is an essential life hack especially for those busy mornings when you’re rushing out the door.
Everything you need for a fresh, morning coffee or hot tea is right at your fingertips, waiting for you to just grab-and-go. Say hello to your new mornings where you don’t have to run around like a chicken with their head cut off when desperately trying to make it to work on time.
Drawer Organizers (2-Tiers If You’re Fancy)
Now I’m no stranger to drawer organizers. They’ve been a staple for my family to house spoons, forks, and knives for generations (or at least since they’ve been a thing) but they can be used for more than just your usual silverware.
Get a few drawer organizers and maybe grab a couple of clear, storage bins of different sizes to mix and match them to fit both your drawers and cabinets!! It makes it easier to clearly see/locate the items you have.
You can also pull out a whole bin if you need to find certain things buried deep in the cabinet while still keeping everything nice and tidy!
Store Small Appliances in Cabinets
Sis, we all need toasters, Keurigs, and waffle makers, but we don’t need to have all of them out and about on our counters!!!
Gone are the days of leaving the toaster on the counter for when you use it twice a week max (kind of a stretch for me to use it 1x/week lol). If you have enough room in your cabinets, make one of them designated for only your small appliances that are utilized less frequently.
You won’t even believe how much space this clears up on your counters (trust, it is very visually pleasing) and you can easily move them from the cabinet to the counter and back whenever you need to use them!
Minimalist Hack: If you need to leave certain appliances out, hide your electrical cords behind the appliances to camouflage the clutter! It looks so much neater and will get the minimalist inside of you to absolutely cry tears of joy (or you just won’t be able to look away from how beautiful your counters are now lol)!!
Lazy Susan Ain’t Lazy At All
I have not one, but TWO lazy susans. Why? Because they’re f***ing awesome!!
I have one for my dining room table and I have one perfectly placed in the center of my kitchen island.
Lazy Susans are these magical little devices that act as a spin tray to hold some of your kitchen favorites, like your favorite spices, but also to display your seasonal décor. You can put it in a cabinet for a makeshift spice rack or on your island for quick grabs of fruits, napkins, salt and pepper, etc.
For example, as you can tell in the picture above, I am able to hold a decorative plant, my recipe holder to read my recipes as I cook, a mini speaker, and some hand sanitizer. It makes everything on the island look more put together rather than just having them sit on the island by themselves, don’t ya think?
This is the one that I have!
Maximize Countertop Space (aka Limit Clutter)
Essentially, throughout this whole process you should be trying to maximize your counter space AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!!
Get rid of stuff you don’t need including the things that don’t need to be in the kitchen anyway (Except mail… Mail can stay because who are we kidding? Lol).
Organize whatever is left on the counters and limit them to decorative trays, utensil holders, and Lazy Susans to maximize more of your counters and to achieve a more serene kitchen vibe. A cluttered kitchen is definitely not a happen kitchen and neither are you!
How do you try to keep your kitchen organized? Which of these kitchen organization tips are you more likely to use in your kitchen? Let’s chat in the comments below 🙂