Your kitchen really is the first place you should look at if you’re thinking of embarking on a healthier lifestyle. It starts at home – that’s the saying I use every single day of my working life
organisedin your kitchen is rewarding.
You need to have a place for everything, you need to know where to find anything you bring into your kitchen and you need a wonderfully simple and achievable routine for this space without interference from clutter.
Photograph by Annie Spratt.
A clutter free,
- Because you want space to cook, space to create and you want your kitchen to be as easy as possible to tidy when you’ve finished. Who wants to cook or prepare in a messy kitchen?
- Because the items on the counter should be the ones you use daily and if they’re tucked away in a cupboard, or hard to get to, you’ll see this as what I call a ‘block’.
- Because everything you want to use daily should be easy to find and put away.
- Because your lifestyle is changing for the better, so your space should too.
- Because if you see what you have, you’re more likely to use it. We need visual stimulation.
Here’s what you need to do
- Pull out anything from your kitchen that you only use occasionally that takes up
space (dinner party ware, bbqequipment, giant pots and pans that only come out at Christmas).
- Store these items elsewhere – a garage, a higher up cupboard you don’t use every day, an under-stairs cupboard. Label them and store them neatly in boxes. They should still be accessible.
- Bring out anything you wish you used every day and put it on your
counter top– your juicer, your food mixer etc.
- Go through your cupboards. Get rid of anything out of date, and any things that are in date and
sealed butyou know you’ll never eat. These can go straight to your local food-bank (no point them living there until they go out of date!).
- Keep food in cupboards neatly
organisedso you can always see exactly what you have and don’t over buy. Too much choice and too much clutter are bad for the mind and we naturally steer clear, or even stop seeing, areas of disarray and chaos.
- Store all healthy food at eye level. This is the first thing we want to see when we open a cupboard or fridge.
- If you shop online, the next time you do it, remove all items from your
list you don’t want to be eating f avourites . anymore
- I never use the tray
at the bottom of my fridge to store fruit or vegeta bles. Outof sight usually means you forget they’r ethere and if you’ve had a busy day, convenience often wins.
Vicky Silverthorn is your Better in 30 Professional Organiser. Vicky will declutter your home and your mind so you can stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Vicky is the author of ‘Start with your Sock Drawer’ and Founder of You Need a Vicky, a professional