What’s creeping in the back of your cabinets? Old boxes of mac-and-cheese or expired cans of beans or how about dishes that haven't seen the light of day in years?
Well, if we’re being transparent here, that’s what we (shamefully) had in ours. But, in the vein of "new year, new beginnings" mantra, we’re cleaning up our kitchens from the inside out.
Thanks to pro Wiebke Liu of Blisshaus, a service that turns crowded, cluttered kitchens into streamlined havens of sustainability, we've got a handful of tips that will leave your kitchen feeling lighter and more approachable than ever.
Whether it's tossing products that have reached their shelf life or arranging items by ceramic and glass, prepare to walk away with a very Pinterest-worthy kitchen.
Designate Glass And Ceramic-Only Shelves
"This cabinet should house your glasses, glass plates, glass server ware and even glass vases. Another cabinet or drawer should be appointed only with your ceramic dishes and mugs. If you have differently colored plates and mugs, sort them by color. Not only will your cabinets look more organized and visually pleasing, but unloading the dishwasher becomes much easier since alike will live with alike."
Sort Cookbooks By Color, Then By Height
"The result is a rainbow of books that makes it easy to find the perfect spot for any book when you need to put it back. An added bonus is that you’ll have a much easier time finding the book you are looking for, since you’ll have the color in your mind’s eye when you search for it."
Sort Utensils By Color
"So keep all wooden spoons together and group metal spatulas with metal tongs etc. Again, the more you can edit down to only two or three materials and colors, the more elegant your counter space and drawers will look. If you fell for those lime-green tipped tongs, consider upgrading to ones that match your other utensils and donating the old set to a local charity. It’s probably one of the cheaper face-lifts you can buy for your kitchen."
File Your Towels And Napkins Kondo-Style
"Place them in with the folded edge to the top. Use the rainbow rule again and sort them by color."
Declutter Pots And Pans
"Ditch the pans with peeling non-stick coating or those pots you’ve never cooked in but held onto because they are ‘part of a set.’ Keep your cast iron pan and a heavy dutch-oven to pan roast steak and braise slow cooking dishes. Add one to two stainless steel sauté pans for omelets and stir-fry. Pick two to three pots including one super large pot for boiling stocks, potatoes, pasta, soups and sauces. And voila, you have five to seven cooking vessels you’ll use all the time. If you have extra room on your shelves, add a small sauce pot for heating milk and boiling eggs. And if you love grilling, a cast iron grill pan or combo griddle/grill pan will be more than you’ll ever need. oh, and when in doubt, always pick pots and pans with metal handles - those can go straight from the stove into the oven like you’ve seen on TV."
Store Pots In Your Pantry
Put Food In Pull-Out Drawers
"If you invest in matching jars, get ready for serious kitchen envy by your friends. Not only does your food look stunning in jars, it’ll also stay fresher longer. We love the stunning jars here but you can also simply save up jars from your pasta sauces to create your own zero-cost pantry.
Capture Cooking Inspo
"You know you bought food but it seems like there is nothing to cook. To avoid the cooking doldrums, hang a white board (Ikea has modern ones made from glass) on a kitchen wall or paint a cabinet door with chalkboard paint and jot down your dishes as you unload the groceries. And voila! a full menu of cooking inspiration for anyone in your home who can read!"
Invest In Healthy (Glass-Only) Storage
"It might not sound like enough, but seriously, if you need more than 12 containers to store food, your fridge will be bursting and the food is sure to be forgotten and will spoil. By limiting yourself to less containers, you create a physical reminder that you are running low on storage containers and way high on leftovers. Plus now you can store the containers with their lids on which makes for no-more missing lids. Hurrah!"
Move Spices Into Drawer
"Spices add pizzazz to your dishes, but if you are like most of us, chances are your spices are a medley of jars and tins stacked five rows deep on a shelf near your stove. This makes finding the spice you need in the heat of your cooking less than glamourous. Solve this problem by declaring a drawer to be the space for all your spices. It’s worth it, not only do these precious herbs cost more ounce-by-ounce than anything else in your kitchen, but you will also be able to pull the drawer open and glance at it and easily find what you are looking for. Tip: lay jars flat so you can see their contents or get our favorite, pre-labeled tins from Blisshaus."