We know: with kids, pets and husbands, it’s near impossible to keep a clean house. And that’s OK. But with a little planning inspiration, you can feel like your home is more organized and clutter-free.
Make yourself a little less crazy and fool your guests into thinking you’re totally on top of it all with these organization tips that can be done in just a few minutes a day.
Let Go of Perfection
You’re probably the only person who notices fingerprints on the cabinets or a little grease splatter on the backsplash. Your kitchen doesn’t have to resemble a picture from Home and Garden magazine every second of every day.
Take a few minutes a day to hit the highlights, knock down the clutter and sweep up the crumbs. Then give yourself some grace.
Organize the Clutter
Oh, the clutter in a kitchen—it just builds and builds, you know? Stop the madness by making a home for repeat offenders.
Get a hanging wire basket or mail organizer and sort through the mail when it comes in. Have a folder for bills, one for coupons and special place for the kids’ school papers.
If your kids or husband tend to empty their pockets on the counter as soon as they walk in the door, introduce a decorative bowl, basket or hook for keys, wallets, loose change, etc.
Dedicate a drawer or basket for small, seldom-used items that you find to be frequent eye-sores. I have a basket for cookie cutter and chip clips on a shelf in my pantry, out of the reach of little hands.
If everything has a home, de-cluttering each day is a breeze.
Make good use of all that extra space you have in the kitchen. Mount a paper towel holder beneath or inside a cabinet. Hang racks or shelves on the backside of your pantry door to organize spices and condiments.
It may seem like a minor change, but you’ll be surprised what an impact freeing up that space has on your sanity.
This one isn’t easy. Take a critical look at the accessories and gadgets in your kitchen. If it’s been over a year since you actually used something, JUST GET RID OF IT. Don’t look back. Toss it in the trash if it’s junk or take it that very day to a donation facility.
Similarly, clear out your fridge and pantry. Toss old, expired or unused spices, condiments and jars.
Put it Away at the End of the Day
The dishwasher is full, so you put the dishes in the sink. The sink is full, so you put dishes on the counter. The counter is messy, so you put the mail on the table. The table is full, so you eat in the living room. Does this look familiar?
Stop the cycle of madness. Clear the kitchen at the end of each day and start with a clean slate in the morning. Empty the dishwasher, clean the dishes and put everything else in its designated spot.
You can turn it into a little “you” time by playing some music and sipping your favorite drink as you go. That way, when you wake up in the morning, all will be as it should.