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.
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!
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