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Here’s how to get your kitchen ready for summer entertaining according to Marie Kondo

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 Kondo’s somewhat ruthless approach to tidying, there’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 she’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 you’ll be guaranteed a Christmas to remember – 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 haven’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

“Put nothing on the counters or around the sink and stove top,” writes Kondo. “You will be amazed at how easy your kitchen is to use if you design your storage with this aim in mind.” You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the effect empty counter tops can have when it comes to preparing food, and it’s a habit you can uphold way beyond the festive period.

Eliminate unwanted tableware

“Take a fresh look at every dish you own and see if it sparks joy,” writes Kondo. “Make the dishes you love the ones you use every day.” We often hold on to old crockery for any number of reasons – 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.”

David Jones to Open in Auckland Late November

It’s the announcement we’ve all been waiting for – David Jones has announced the opening date for its first Auckland stores, and yes, it will be in time for Christmas.

On Thursday 21 November the doors to the very first Auckland David Jones store will open at Westfield Newmarket. The store won’t only be Auckland’s first store – it will also be New Zealand’s largest David Jones. 

David Jones Retail Director, Aaron Faraguna said: “The opening of David Jones in Westfield Newmarket marks the arrival of a world-class department store experience for our Auckland customers. David Jones Westfield Newmarket will bring the best of local and international brands to New Zealand’s biggest city and we look forward to unveiling our new store very soon.”

The 7000 square metre store will offer fashion, beauty, childrenswear and homeware across a sprawling two floors and the shopping experience will be enhanced by a range of in-store services and products ranges that have been designed specifically for the Auckland customer.

Beauty enthusiasts will be able to indulge in various signature by-appointment beauty services and treatments. Customers will also be able to experience the popular personal shopping service which will be available at no additional charge.

“The customer is at the heart of everything we do at David Jones. With the countdown underway, we are very excited to be bringing an outstanding store to life for our Auckland customers in just a few short weeks,” said Faraguna.

Discover the beauty brand we can’t wait to get our hands on once the doors open at Westfield Newmarket. 

Image courtesy of David Jones. Model wears Aje and carries Yuzefi handbag.