How To: Declutter Your Kitchen in 5 Steps

The kitchen may be one of the rooms in your home that is the easiest to get cluttered. Keeping your kitchen clean does not only involve washing the dirty dishes in the sink and wiping down the stove or dirty counters. A crucial step in maintaining a clean kitchen is making sure that everything in the kitchen is organized, whether they are items that are out in the open or whether they are items stored in the cabinets and drawers. This may include your plates, bowls, silverware, spices, ingredients, and more.

On top of these steps, it will be helpful to make a weekly checklist or kitchen maintenance sheet to make decluttering a habit. Keeping your kitchen clean is not a one-time-thing, but is an ongoing effort.

1. Clear off your counter tops.

Counter tops are the first things that catches the eye when you walk into a kitchen. The biggest tip to having a cleaner kitchen is making sure you have the least amount of items stored on your counter tops. To be able to do so, utilize all your storage space to keep all the items in your kitchen out of sight. If there are loose items that do need to be kept out, place them into pretty baskets or bowls.

Making it a habit to clear and organize your countertops often even allows you to have the open counter space everytime you need it, so you don’t have to make the extra effort to push things aside or place items in random places when you do need the extra room on the counter.

2. Keep what you actually use/need.

One of the biggest components of a cluttered kitchen is having more dishes, utensils, and cups than you actually need. You should only need to keep just enough for regular use and for gatherings. To better identify what needs to be thrown out on top of this, look out for the dishes that have chips or cracks in them.

If there are any spices or ingredients you have only used once for that one recipe you made in the past, throw those out too. Those items will not only take up space in your kitchen, but may not even be used any time in the near future, so there would be no purpose in keeping them.

3. Utilize simple and affordable storage racks and lazy susans.

Storage racks and lazy susans are a good investment because they may go a long way in helping you with both organizing your kitchen and making your life easier the next time you’re looking for condiments or spices.

Using storage racks may allow you to stack your bowls on top of your plates without the hassle of difficult access to either. Using the height of your cabinet in this case allows you to place more things in the cabinet that you might have kept on your counter tops. Utilizing the height of your cabinets and shelves over the width of your cabinets and shelves allow you to have more space available for storage.

Using a lazy susan by grouping condiments and grouping spices will allow you to find what you need with a quick spin rather than digging through your cabinets.

4. Utilize storage containers and labels.

All the different sizes of the boxes and containers that your foods and ingredients came in may make your cabinets look cluttered. The best way to approach this is to repackage all those foods and ingredients into storage-friendly containers that allow organization,easy-access and decor to your kitchen. After repackaging, organize the containers into your shelves and cabinets according to their purposes. Then, use labels on the containers, shelves, and cabinets to create a user-friendly organizing system for you and the others in the household so everyone will know where to find things as well as where to put things away.

5. Group the items that have similar purposes.

Start by grouping the items in the kitchen that have a similar use and create zones for them in different parts of the kitchen. For example, all the mixing bowls and baking necessities can be organized in a specific shelf or drawer of itself so that the next time you bake, you will have all you need in one area. This helps you refrain from rummaging around all the shelves and drawers in your kitchen to find that one utensil you need, avoiding a future mess.

The kitchen is the perfect place to start because it is probably one of the areas of your home that you are in on a daily basis, making it easier to get cluttered. In order to take preventative measures, it is crucial that you tidy up the kitchen consistently. Keeping your kitchen organized is just one part of cleaning your home.

A clean home is a happy home. If you have any questions, contact us today! Happy tidying!


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5 Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

You have just decided to sell your home. You are probably unsure of where to start, so here are some tips to consider and ponder over to help you succeed in selling your first home.

The first step to selling your home is to make sure you are prepared! Do your research, find a good agent, and make sure you’re on track for a smooth and successful home sale.

Keep in mind that the process of selling a home does not happen overnight nor just in one week. There are many different successful approaches, but they all require commitment, communication, and patience from you throughout the whole process. These are steps to take into consideration to guide you into the right direction in the process of selling your home.

CLEAN your home.

Imagine yourself in the place of the future buyers of your home. What would they be looking for  that would attract them to consider your home? Selling a home is all about the first impression you give to your future buyers, so make sure to clean your home before anything else. A dirty or messy home may lead potential buyers to think that the systems and functions in the home might not be working properly, so a clean home will show that you have been maintaining and taking care of the home.

INSPECT your home.

This next step involves hiring a home inspector to take a look at your home’s structure, systems, and appliances to determine whether they are working properly or whether repair or replacement is needed. Home inspectors allow you to have a heads up on aspects of your home that could potentially raise red flags for buyers. Knowing the condition of your home, this will help you know how to price your home accordingly.

REPAIR or TOUCH UP your home.

Take action after going through the home inspection process, even if you don’t have any major problems. There should always be something that will help you make your home look nicer and end up attracting more buyers. Repairs and touch-ups may include finally fixing the leaky pipe, repainting the walls, or patching up wall defects.

Get an APPRAISAL for your home.

When you’re ready to price your home for your potential buyers in the next step of the home selling process, it is helpful to get an appraisal for your home. This is one of the most important parts of selling your home because this is where you decide what to price your home to attract potential buyers that are willing to buy. Experts will know how to price your home according to its value in the market using an objective and professional opinion.

STAGE your home.

This step in the home selling process allows your potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your home and gives them ideas on how to decorate and furnish the place. Your goal is to move around your furniture or reconstruct the design of your home to highlight the parts of your home that make it unique.

PRICE your home.

This is a crucial step for the process of selling your home. Agents will help you by using a comparative analysis process, where your home is compared to other homes on the market. The analysis compiles information on the details of other homes in your area that are also in the market. This information may include how many days the homes have been on the market and what their price is in the market. Agents will be able to use this information to come up with a price that will differentiate your home with the other homes already in the market.

MARKET your home.

An agent may be able to provide a photographer to takes photos of your home and create advertisements on the internet, social media, around the neighborhood, or through word-of-mouth. They may use the price of your home or the unique qualities of your home to help your home stand out to potential buyers. Once you start marketing your home, keep the buyers who might visit your home so you can accommodate them in your schedule and also be able to prepare the home prior to their visit.

Hopefully these steps have helped you gauge where to start the process after deciding to sell your home. We know the process can seem daunting at first, so we want to help you! Feel free to contact us today so we can start helping you through this exciting journey.


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