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5 hacks for a clutter-free kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of any home but it can also be the messiest. Organise your kitchen easily with these simple storage ideas.

HANG PAPER BAGS

If you’re a natural-born hoarder but have no place to store all those brown paper bags, clamp them together with an old trousers hanger and hang them from a hook on the pantry door.

NUMBER YOUR CONTAINERS

If you have lots of plastic containers, you know how frustratin­g it can be to match them to their lids. A simple solution? Label both container and lid with a number. It’s much easier to match a 2 with a 2 or a 5 with a 5 than repeatedly trying lids on for size.

ORGANISE SPICES BY STYLE OF CUISINE

Arrange your spices in a low-sided box by type of cuisine so the appropriat­e spices will be together. Cumin, oregano, coriander and chilli? Sounds like Mexican. Tarragon, parsley, sorrel, bay? French. Label each box according to its nationalit­y, and your spice hunting will be kept to a minimum.

REPACKAGE DRIED FOOD Food manufactur­ers seem to delight in filling containers only two-thirds full, and even as the food diminishes, the size of the box doesn’t. Gain room by transferri­ng most of your dry food to jars or see-through plastic containers (and then label and date them). Flat, stackable rectangula­r containers take up the least room.

DOUBLE UP

Store smaller items in larger containers you don’t often use such as a chiller bin or stockpot.

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