OUT OF SIGHT
No-one likes looking at piles of dirty plates and pots, least of all your guests. A separate, well-equipped butler’s pantry is one of the best answers to this problem, where you can stash dirty dishes and any unsightly cooking prep. Simply close the door!
Give the fridge a quick clear-out before doing a supermarket shop, to ensure you don’t double up on products, and that nothing scary is lurking in the bottom of a drawer. On that note, keep leftovers in clear containers so they are not forgotten. Benchtops can easily become cluttered. Encourage people to put items away after using them, and do a quick tidy once a week to keep on top of this. The kitchen can be a good space to keep a wall planner or calendar, to help the family remember important dates. Using the fridge or a pinboard for appointments, invitations and tickets can help, too.