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easy kitchen clutter solutions 

The kitchen, by its very nature, is probably the most heavily trafficked and most popular room in your home.

It's where the family gets together during meals, friends gather during dinner parties, and you get each day off to a fresh start.

A well-organized kitchen allows you to enjoy more fully every minute you spend in it.

Since the kitchen is where memories, as well as meals, are made, you'll need to consider both functionality and aesthetics as you declutter and organize each element inside.

These kitchen clutter solutions can help streamline this busy hub and make it fully functional for all you do inside.

Kitchen Clutter Solutions Start with Creating a Place for it All

Kitchen clutter solutions start with a place for it all: so let's start with a biggie - finding storage space for all those essential cooking tools.

Organize drawers by grouping your most frequently cooking tools in ceramic jars or other attractive holders on countertops. 

The drawers will be neater - with more counter space for other things - and you'll be able to get to these must-have utensils quicker. 

Clear canisters with airtight tops can hold and display such frequently used foodstuffs as bread, bagels, and pasta on countertops.

When you can see a particular food item, you're more likely to eat it before it spoils. And you won't buy more of what you don't need.

Countertop Clutter Solutions

Place a beautiful, shallow wicker basket, small wooden crate, or another container on a counter to hold treats for the kids, or fill it with the snacks you like to grab on the run.

It simply makes sense to have your counter space double as storage space,

Use antique, decorative tins or old-fashioned colored-glass mason jars to store your collections of tea bags and matchbooks - or as "hiding" places for dog biscuits and kitty treats

Fruits and vegetables can take center stage in an attractive, breathable basket or metal mesh container on the kitchen table or in the windowsill, instead of taking up space in - and being left to spoil unseen in - the back of the refrigerator.

Let the fridge do double duty as a family message center: A magnetic message board on the doors will remind everyone in the family of the day's appointments and the week's schedule.

The sides are a great place to display kids' artwork, family photos, take-out menus, and a calendar for family activities. Who needs a desk in this busy place when a little creativity and a few magnets will do?

Organizing Cabinets and Drawers

Inside drawers, use plastic sectional organizers, small oblong boxes, or a lazy Susan to hold scissors, tape, and coupons in place - and make them easier to find when you need them.

These types of containers also work well for decluttering and organizing large spoons, salad tongs, carving knives, corkscrews, and bottle and can openers.

If your cabinet shelves are not adjustable, subdivide the space with wire racks. It makes getting to pots, pans, dishes, and pie plates easier than when they've piled up to the shelf above.

This wire-rack system works equally well with items in the cupboards or pantry. You might also consider installing a corner cabinet carousel, ;azuy Susan, or rolling shelves.

Make the most of overhead cabinets by hanging stemmed glasses beneath them.

Store your holiday cookware and the cake tins or roasting pans you use infrequently in those hard-to-reach cabinets high above the fridge.

How to Organize food 

Sort food - wherever you've stashed it - by category, to make things easy to reach. You'll also have a better idea of what needs restocking before you head out to the grocery store.

Put baking items - such as flour, sugar, and baking soda and powder - in one area and cereals and canned fruits and vegetables in another.

Alphabetize spices and put them on a shelf or rack mounted to the wall so you know what you have and can quickly grab what you need when you're cooking.

How to Make Everyday Cleanups Easier

Finally, to make everyday cleanups quicker, assign one large cabinet and one drawer near the dishwasher to serve as the home for the daily dishes and silverware.

If you have extra sets of dishes and far more place settings than you have household members, stock this area with just enough dishes and utensils to get everyone through the day and to make unloading the dishwasher less of a chore.

Double the number of place settings if you run the dishwasher only every other day.

Store the rest of the service in a place that's less convenient but still accessible, so it's handy when your meals require more dishes and glasses than you'd planned for.

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