Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Have to Be Ruff

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Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the ever-daunting spring cleaning checklist is looming. As you take on tasks this year, make the kitchen a top priority. Besides a little extra deep cleaning, it could be time to rethink its organization. With a few inspired solutions, counters can be freed from clutter, allowing more space for food preparation, cooking, and gathering.

Cast Off and Get Creative

The easiest way to make room in the kitchen is to clean out the excess. Go through dishes, pots, pans, appliances, and utensils. Consider giving away anything you haven’t touched in the past year or simply don’t like.

Find creative ways to clear the counter. Use a Lazy Susan to store supplies in hard-to-reach corners. Reimagine a cake stand as a shelf to elevate favorite spices, salt, pepper and olive oil, while leaving an area around the base for additional storage. Tops of kitchen cabinets can hold stainless steel or copper pots and pans, also allowing for easy access when needed. House a decorative display of cookbooks, bowls, or baking canisters on top of the refrigerator.

Arrange by Use

When choosing appliances to occupy prime countertop real estate, think about how often they’ll be used. Everyday multi-tasking tools like a Vitamix or coffee maker deserve a spot on the counter.

You can also arrange serving ware according to how often it reaches the table. Store items such as holiday dishes and platters in the back of cabinets. Place everyday items like bowls and salad plates in easy-to-reach spaces. Consider housing cooking utensils in a holder close to the stove for easy access.

Work With Your Walls

Work with your walls to make your kitchen more efficient. Use decorative hooks (a safe distance from the stove to hang pot holders and aprons or install a pot rack. Hang magnetic strips for items like knives and kitchen scissors, freeing up drawers and removing the knife block from the counter. Spices can also be hung on the strips with the use of magnetic canisters.

If you simply minimize what’s kept on the countertops and reimagine everyday items, you can optimize the functionality of your kitchen, making it a more user- and guest-friendly destination.

Content courtesy of Vitamix.