How to Conquer Kitchen Clutterphobia

 
 
Hate to cook? It might not be you—it could be a cluttery kitchen giving you the blues. Do you find yourself rummaging through stuffed drawers looking for your baking tools? Or trailblazing your way into a crowded pantry just to get to the sugar? Rekindle your love for cooking with these tips to make your kitchen more user-friendly.
 

Give your kitchen a good shakedown.

Whatcha gonna do with a box of crackers that expired three years ago? (Don't even nibble them to see if they're still crunchy. Just don't.) Unearth these ancient objects taking up space in your pantry, cupboards and fridge and put them to rest once and for all.
Have trash bags ready to toss expired items, and boxes ready to donate extra food. And whether your approach is to remove everything at once, or tackle the area shelf by shelf, it's a good idea to disinfect each area before putting the non-expired items back.
 
Sugar, flour and oats, on deck! Call out items with chalkboard labels, and you can erase and rewrite when you change the contents inside the bins.
Sugar, flour and oats, on deck! Call out items with chalkboard labels, and you can erase and rewrite when you change the contents inside the bins.

Make it easy to access your most often used ingredients

Do you find yourself doing a unique yoga pose each time you reach for a popular staple tucked away in your cupboard? Save the stretching for the studio and apply some ergonomic principles to your kitchen instead.
Designate a go-to area where the items you use most often are easy to reach and close to where you'll use them. Less popular ingredients and tools can go on shelves above or below the go-to area.
If you need to create rows of items, consider labeling your shelves so you'll know what's hidden behind the item up front. Or, group similar items together, such as sugar, brown sugar and powdered sugar.
 
Label pockets on an over-the-door organizer to store your baking supplies, sauce packets, snacks and even take-out menus. Because sometimes you just need a day off from the kitchen.
Label pockets on an over-the-door organizer to store your baking supplies, sauce packets, snacks and even take-out menus. Because sometimes you just need a day off from the kitchen.

Free up shelf space with pantry pockets

When you find yourself running out of room on your shelves and countertops, consider using vertical space (your walls and doors) to organize. Hang a labeled shoe organizer with clear pockets inside your pantry door. Putting it all away and out of sight couldn't be easier. . . you just simply close the door.
(The over-the-door organizer comes in handy in other places, too. Use in the utility room to hold cleaning supplies, the kid's room for toys and even the craft room!)
 
Display similar items, such as clunky cookie cutters, using apothecary jars and chalkboard labels.
Display similar items, such as clunky cookie cutters, using apothecary jars and chalkboard labels.

Group similar items together

Organizing items by task is another way to find everything you need all in one place. Keep cookie cutters on display in a glass jar, or hang them on a corkboard or pegboard. Gather pie tins and molds to form their own gang. And cluster your cake decorating tools so they're close by each other. When you find one, you'll find them all.
 
Turn your kitchen into the welcoming space it's meant to be. Make sure food items are fresh and unexpired, keep counters clean and pantry organized. With a clutter-free kitchen, you'll look forward to whipping up your next kitchen creation soon! You'll find these supplies available at your local office supply store or on avery.com.
  • Avery Chalkboard Labels. Use and reuse—just write, erase and rewrite. Easy to apply, remove and reposition. Removable adhesive leaves no residue. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Avery Square Labels. Identify contents in your pantry pockets, containers and bins. Labels are easy to customize with free designs on Avery Design & Print.