Begin with the basics
While it is never anyone’s favourite task, clearing out your kitchen cupboards can be a very rewarding one. Start by throwing out anything that’s been there since you first moved in and only re-stock the ones you regularly use. Also, don’t hold onto anything that you definitely won’t use until next Christmas. The new year is not the time to be hoarding half-used jars of cranberry sauce so it is best to use it up now or lose it.
Move things around
If an item keeps popping up in the wrong spot, consider moving it to a new home. For example, if your oven mitt constantly makes its way out of the drawer that it is supposed to ‘live’ in, consider moving it closer to somewhere it’s always used, such as a hook next to the oven.
Streamline your storage
For a stylish and sustainable make-over, airtight labelled jars create a clean and polished finish. They not only keep your snack and pantry items fresher for longer, but they also maximise space and make it easy to see when items need to be replenished. This crafty shift will keep you on top of things and make your shelves look lovely. A total win!
In order to restore a sense of harmony in your kitchen, which is often the most utilised space in your home, balance out the room with symmetry. For example, something as simple as two identical plants on either side of a sink can create a minimalistic vibe and draw the eye towards them, away from any counter top clutter.
Test it out
Not sure what you use and what you don’t in your kitchen? Start by emptying the contents of your kitchen utensils drawer into a cardboard box. For one month, put a utensil back into the drawer only if you take it out of the box to use it. If it’s still in the box after another month – you don’t need it and it could be time to part with it.
Ceiling lights, £75, House by John Lewis
Jar, Ikea £4 each