KB homes are amazing to move into (check out: http://www.kbhome.com/), all you have to do is unpack. The adrenaline rush felt after placing your last family photo or trinket where it belongs is phenomenal. Everything is in its place and your home is how you dreamed it to be. A couple of weeks later, you realize your family has turned your gorgeous kitchen into a hot mess.
These organizing tips will help you keep your kitchen pristine and clutter free.
Discover the Magic of a Lazy Susan.
A Lazy Susan is a round rotating tray or turntable usually made from wood, that is placed in the center of the table or counter. These wonderful turning trays help take advantage of much wanted vertical space. When placed on the counter you can keep your favorite spices on hand. You can even place one in the fridge to fill with condiments.
Find a Chalkboard or Dry Erase Board Spot.
With a chalkboard in the kitchen sticky notes and paper scraps become a thing of the past. Kids can write down things they need for a school projects or even dinner requests. It’s also a great place to keep a grocery list. If you can, a small basket nearby will be able to hold all the important papers previously clogging your surface area.
Explore the Uses of Tension Rods.
Tension rods are fantastic horizontally to hang spray bottles under your sink and when used vertically in cupboards they help separate the space.
Think Vertical not Horizontal.
Turning cooking supplies on their sides can open up much wanted real estate in your cupboards. Take advantage of the previously mentioned tension rods to help keep things in place. To save space in your cupboards, try hanging your pots vertically on your wall for quick access.
Maximize Pantry and Drawer Space with Labels and Dividers.
With your family in and out of the kitchen all day your pantry and drawers are sure to be a mess. Organize your pantry with canned and heavier foods on the lower shelves, cereal and snacks at arms level, and your flour and pasta on a higher shelf. Use clear containers add labels to prevent confusion. Divide up your drawers using small baskets or trays to keep items organized. Try keeping all “like” items such as wraps, foils, and plastic bags in one drawer. Then kitchen towels & hot pads in another, and so on. Add labels just inside the drawer to prevent confusion.
You can even try out some sweet reminders on the chalkboard things like, “Important papers here!” or “Please place things back where you found them.” Don’t be stressed if things don’t happen instantly. With a little encouragement and time your family will be functioning right alongside you. Remember, a true family home has a little clutter and lots of love.