Open up your kitchen cabinets and drawers one by one, take a close look at each item inside and ask yourself these two questions:
- Do I need it?
- Do I actually use it?
If the answer is no to one or both, then get rid of it.
Granted, there are times throughout the year (gatherings, holidays, etc.) during which certain serving dishes, pots, pans & utensils are being used, while they take up valuable cabinet and drawer space the rest of the time. Consider clearing out the "gathering" items and storing these in a different area. Perhaps you have a utility room and/or a your basement. Storage cabinets are a great way to keep these items clean and protected.
Labeled storage containers that stack & seal well are wonderful for keeping food prep items nice and neat, shallow baskets inside drawers can be utilized for keeping pens, batteries, scissors, etc. organized.
Digging through a cabinet full of spices can be so frustrating. And it often leads to the unnecessary purchasing of more spices, because you don't actually know what you have, so you might end up with two or three of the same. A spice rack is well worth the small investment and there are some really great space saving options for countertops with matching jars, which will look nice and will be practical.
Pan lids, baking trays and cutting boards can be stored efficiently by utilizing vertical racks, making another kitchen headache disappear.
Make your life easier and keep daily used items close by and easy to reach, place less used items towards the back of cabinets, inside drawers and/or on higher/lower shelves.