The Excellent Kitchen Cabinet Cleanup

Think you may have too much material in your kitchen cabinets? If you even hesitated answering that question, you do.

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News flash: To cook great meals and entertain like a champ, you don’t need five spatulas or even more frying pans than you have burners. An expert chef can tell you in brief bullet points exactly what is necessary to run an orderly kitchen that produces good food. It is not much!

Below you’ll find a step-by-step game plan, based on sage advice from kitchen designer Susan Klimala of The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn, along with some exceptionally tidy kitchens to inspire one.

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Stage 1: The Purge
Remove everything from the kitchen and put it on a large table or island.

2. Categorize each thing: spices, baking, pantry, pots and pans, storage supplies including Tupperware and plastic wrapping, glassware, silverware, serveware and so on.

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3. Remove multiples, broken pieces and items you simply don’t like or use. Donate, regift or toss them. “You don’t need six mixing bowls,” Klimala emphasizes. “You simply don’t.”

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4. Toss any food that is died. “You will be amazed by the amount of distance this one act alone will clean up,” Klimala states.

5. Remove items you use less than twice annually and keep them in another area. This includes cookbooks. “Select your best five to 10 favorite cookbooks,” she proposes. “Then keep the remainder elsewhere or donate.”

Tip: If you are holding on to some cookbook for one go-to recipe, then photocopy the page and then pass the book along to somebody else.

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6. Call in the pros to get a thorough cupboard cleaning indoors and out. Of course, you can certainly do the scrubbing yourself if you prefer. Klimala advises using this chance to bring in a painter to touch up as necessary or give stained cabinets fresh paint.

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Stage 2: Putting Stuff Back

as soon as you’ve completed the steps above, take a hard look at what is left. Think about how and when you use each item in your kitchen as you follow Klimala’s following set of measures, putting everything back in a better manner than before.

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1. Store items used daily in many accessible shelves, drawers and cabinets.

2. Contemplate frequency of usage of each thing before finding a place for it.

By way of instance, store regular cups, dishes and stemware in a cupboard near the dishwasher to ease a productive workflow. Pots and pans should be near the stovetop.

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Only store the total amount of dishware you realistically use between dishwasher cycles. “There is no need to store two dozen java cups together in the event that you use only a maximum of four to six daily or two,” Klimala states.

Tip: Store additional dishes and stemware in the lower recesses of the freshly purged cabinets so they’re secure and still nearby for large gatherings.

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3. Think about how to enhance your storage with assists like cutlery dividers, tray dividers, caddies and much more.

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“These storage devices can make a huge impact in the capacity of your distance, and make kitchen tools simple to discover,” Klimala states.

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