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7 Steps to Organize Your Kitchen

Do you shy away from inviting someone over to your home?  For some, just the thought of having guests in our home makes us a bit nervous because we feel all out of sorts and perhaps embarrassed at the condition of our house. As one who has made it a career to organize for others I try to communicate to my clients that you can’t fix in one hour or one day what has taken years to create, but you have to start digging out somewhere.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed about having someone in your home…….hold on and find comfort in knowing you can do a few things to tidy up areas of your home so you will be able to relax and enjoy time with your company.

For most of us, entertaining involves a meal and with that thought in mind I would like to offer a few tips on how to tidy up your kitchen.

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Tip #1  “SIMPLIFY” is the key word to staying organized. One COMPLETE set of cookware should be sufficient. Clutter takes over when there are multiple sets of cookware.

Tip #2  Coffee mugs and plastic cups (you know, the kind that we get at ballgames or from restaurants, etc) can clutter up kitchen cabinets. Pick out your favorites……. keep it to a minimum and get rid of the rest!

Tip #3  If you really want to SIMPLIFY things in your kitchen then don’t clutter it up with so many cleaning products! Buy what works and use what works! If you are not using (or do not plan to use) the cleaning products currently under your kitchen sink………THROW THEM AWAY——TODAY!

Tip #4  Having a clear container to store cereal serves two purposes. First, we are able to see if the box is empty or full. Second, it keeps cereal fresh in the event that you have someone at your house that has a problem with not closing up the box! :>)

Editor’s note: A while back, Kim helped Pat organize her kitchen pantry: a tiny closet. We used the opportunity to create a short video to “show off Kim’s stuff”. Hope you enjoy it!


video credit: Paige Brooks

Tip #5  GROUP LIKE ITEMS in the pantry. (Soups, Vegetables, Cereal, Pasta, Baking Items, Paper Items, etc)

Tip #6  Sam’s can be a great way to stock your pantry BUT only if your pantry is big enough to accommodate buying in bulk. Over buying can cause clutter!

Tip #7  The best way to create more space in your pantry is to add extra shelves. Extra narrow shelves for canned goods is a great way to add more space. Stacking canned goods is never a good idea. You want to put less things on more shelves.
Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you'll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
Kim Pittman
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