Looking for ways to de-clutter your kitchen? Good idea — a well-organized kitchen is much easier to cook in, whether you just use the microwave or devote hours to cooking elaborate feasts. Below are four ways to help keep items out of the way until you need them.
Desk Organizers for Sponges
If your kitchen sink is full of sponges and scrubbing pads, the result can be annoying to look at and, ironically, harder to clean around. A desk basket–normally meant to hold things like pens–can hold all your sponges and pads in one spot. They’re lightweight, so you can attach one to a nearby surface, or just set it nearby.
Tired of digging through dark, small cupboards? You may find a solution in swing-out shelves, which do exactly what their name suggests. Depending on your handiness, you may even be able to install them yourself–but if not, a contractor can. These shelves are especially useful in smaller kitchens where there may not be room for a larger storage option, particularly in corners.
Built-In Wine Racks
This is another measure that can be difficult to install, but if you’re a wine drinker, it’s definitely worth it. A built-in wine rack can keep your bottles on display and easy to grab, yet prevent them from cluttering the kitchen counter. Different designs can hold anywhere from a few bottles to dozens.
Magnetic Knife Strips
Magnets may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to kitchens, but they present a great storage strategy for knives. A magnetic knife strip, attached to a wall or other surface, can keep your knives easy to access but out of the way. An added bonus over using a knife block: You won’t need to upgrade to a bigger one every time you get new knives. Furthermore, if you have a nice collection, a knife strip can double as an impressive kitchen decoration.
After you’ve de-cluttered your kitchen, you’ll find it much more enjoyable. Warming up a pizza, cooking a five-course meal, and everything in between all become easier after a few organizing measures.