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THE kitchen is of­ten the hard­est­work­ing room in the house, yet all too quickly it can be­come a dump­ing ground for un­used ap­pli­ances and out-of-date food­stuffs.

“Get­ting or­gan­ised can fun­da­men­tally change how the space works, save you time and money and most im­por­tantly, puts you back in con­trol in the kitchen,” Cathy Player, Howards Stor­age World’s or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­pert, says.

Here, Player shares her top tips for bust­ing the clut­ter. STOP: “Don’t touch any­thing yet,” warns Player. In­stead, take a look at how your kitchen works. “So of­ten we sabotage our­selves by putting the pots and pans on the other side of the kitchen to the stove­top, or the plates away from the serv­ing area,” she says. Cre­at­ing kitchen “zones” will not only save you time and energy, but it’s safer as well – no more reach­ing over the stove to grab a mug. SORT: Pull ev­ery­thing out of the cup­board, group like things to­gether (spices, break­fast sup­plies, clean­ing prod­ucts) and pri­ori­tise where they need to go. Items used ev­ery day should take up what Player calls the “Grade A real es­tate” – the easily ac­ces­si­ble spa­ces at eye level and just be­low. Ev­ery­thing else can be stored in those harder-to-reach places. SOLVE: Get cre­ative to elim­i­nate any “air space” such as empty corners and backs of shelves with clever stor­age so­lu­tions. “Just by adding a few di­viders to a drawer or some pull-out shelves to a cup­board, you can easily dou­ble the util­ity of a space,” Player says.

Hang out ... keep all your knick knacks off the bench and within easy reach on an Elfa util­ity peg board, $60,

La­bel your good­ies and save your­self a time­con­sum­ing guess­ing game with Scribe Black­board can­is­ters, free­

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