It is Spring Time! Yes, spring! The time of year where we clean out the home of excess and clutter. I am never one, to totally rid of the excess, but rather cut down on it. This is especially valuable in the kitchen.
After my recent remodel, it was so gratifying to have the counters and cabinets clutter-free. However, once all the serving dishes, glasses and appliances were in their designated spot, my new kitchen looked more like the local home store. Spring is a terrific time to cut back and below are five easy tips to help keep your kitchen looking like new.
Store your small appliances. Having small appliances sitting on your counter takes up space and can make the counter look unkept. Put the small appliances in a spot where they are easily accessible, but also off the counter.
Organize the drawers. There are so many stores that sell drawer organizers in various sizes and prices. Investing in one or two is a must! They are great to organize pens and pencils, but also note pads and push pins.
Get creative. Who says bowls need to be stored in a cabinet? Storing bowls in a drawer is convenient and can save space in the cabinet for larger dishes and specialty items, or even that over-sized serving tray that is only used at the holidays.
Invest in plastic storage containers. These are perfect for heating up leftovers, but they are also a nice option for storing pasta, cereal and candy. Then, these items can be stored in your pantry or cabinet without it feeling cluttered.
Make a donation. If all else fails and you decide to donate the excess, look for a place like Deserving Decor. (www.deservingdecor.org) They are a wonderful organization in Bucks County that takes the time to clean and decorate transitional homes, with various donated items. Some of the donations may include glasses, flatware and toaster ovens.
You can also feel good that your donation is making a difference. Not just by cleaning out your house, but making someone else’s house feel like a home.