With summer fast approaching, never has there been a better time to spring clean your kitchen in preparation for the festive season ahead. Whether hosting a low-key brunch, an evening BBQ or a full Christmas spread for all the family, ensuring your kitchen is prepared is the key to turning what can be a stressful event into an all-round success. And while not everyone subscribes to organizational expert Mary Kondoâ€™s somewhat ruthless approach to tidying, thereâ€™s no denying that the author of two bestselling books and the brains behind the Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, knows a thing or two about living clutter-free.
Having shown that sheâ€™s an expert at organising bedrooms and living areas, she too has turned her hand to kitchens, and actually trailed chefs and examined their behaviors when developing her own techniques for tidying up kitchens. Suffice it to say that combining the two sets of expertise has once again given Kondo the edge when it comes to organisation, and by following just a few of her kitchen tips youâ€™ll be guaranteed a Christmas to remember â€“ and for all the right reasons.
Get rid of unnecessary kitchen appliances
One of the first steps to take to declutter your kitchen is to get rid of any appliances you no longer use, or ones that have seen better days. “Do you have small cooking appliances that you bought when they were a fad and have tired of or havenâ€™t used for years? It is time to thank them for the role they have played in your life, and bid them farewell,” says Kondo.
Keep your counters clear
â€śPut nothing on the counters or around the sink and stove top,â€ť writes Kondo. â€śYou will be amazed at how easy your kitchen is to use if you design your storage with this aim in mind.â€ť Youâ€™ll be pleasantly surprised at the effect empty counter tops can have when it comes to preparing food, and itâ€™s a habit you can uphold way beyond the festive period.
Eliminate unwanted tableware
â€śTake a fresh look at every dish you own and see if it sparks joy,â€ť writes Kondo. â€śMake the dishes you love the ones you use every day.â€ť We often hold on to old crockery for any number of reasons â€“ from nostalgia to sentimental factors, and getting rid of tableware you no longer use can be a vital step in having a clutter free kitchen.
Organise your drawers
“Kitchens tend to have a bunch of tiny things that take up space and don’t really fit together,” explained Kondo in an interview with Elle Decor. “The best thing I can advise, especially for drawers, is to use them to their maximum potential. Keep things categorized, so they aren’t just in a messy pile in a drawer.”