When it comes time to cook or bake, nothing gets in your way more than excessive kitchen decor or too many tools on your countertops. Have you ever noticed how many food bloggers have neat looking kitchens? Not only is it aesthetically pleasing to have an efficiently minimal kitchen, but it will also help keep you and your kitchen helpers safe. Knocking over a caddy of utensils while reaching for an ingredient can be both extremely unfortunate and dangerous. We have a few tips and tricks on how to reduce kitchen chaos and achieve minimalism.
- Start with shopping. Smart shopping can help eliminate waste that can build up over time in the kitchen. Bring reusable bags with you to the store and you won’t tote home unwanted plastic bags. Shop in the bulk food section and use your own jars or storage bins instead of the clear bags they provide. As a bonus, this tip is great for the environment!
- Make the most of storage space. Think about the appliances and utensils that you use every day, such as your French press or knife block. These are the things you’ll want to keep out. Now, think of the appliances and utensils you use every so often, such as roasting pans and that juicer you got for your birthday three years ago. Find a storage spot for those items and keep them there when not in use.
- Your walls are a blank canvas. If you have extra wall space, consider adding shelves. Shelves make the perfect storage space for every day pots, pans, and tins. Similar to our first tip, keep the things you use daily on the most reachable shelves.
- Clean as you go and right after you eat. Piles of dirty pots, pans, and utensils tend to build up when cooking. Try to clean while you go to avoid clutter in the sink. When the food is in the oven is a perfect time to get started. Keep your refrigerator snacked neatly so you can find what you are looking for right away. Monitor your fridge weekly so it remains clean and stocked with healthy foods.
- Make smart swaps. Try trading in your knife block for a magnetic strip you can hang on the wall, freeing up counter space. Invest in a rollout cabinet organizer that holds anything from pot and pan lids to cutting boards to baking sheets easily and effortlessly inside your cabinets. If you have tall ceilings, install a hanging pot and pan rack.
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