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Kitchens are definitely the heart of a home. Most of us spend a significant part of the day in the kitchen, whether it’s cooking, baking, snacking, cleaning, or just hanging out.

Visually, a cluttered kitchen can bring stress and anxiety to our minds. Seeing a neat and tidy kitchen, on the other hand, can bring peace and joy — and that’s the goal.

Here are my top tips on how to avoid visual clutter in your kitchen, whether you are planning on remodeling or reorganizing the storage configuration in your existing kitchen:

Relocate Anything That Doesn’t Belong in the Kitchen

We all have busy lives, and as a result, sometimes we tend to leave things that don’t belong in the kitchen just sitting on the counter. It’s always a good idea to relocate these items right away.

Clean and Put Away Items After Using Them

The same principle as the above tip. Putting things away is a big part of decluttering kitchen counters. Getting into the habit of cleaning items right after cooking with them, or putting them away after use, is always a good idea to avoid cluttering the sink with dirty dishes, the stove with dirty pans, or the counters with food, plates, glasses, or other items.

Everything Has a Home

Make sure everything that belongs in the kitchen has a “home,” whether it’s in a drawer, in the pantry, or in a cabinet. When redesigning your new kitchen or adding accessories to your existing cabinets, make sure you think of a place to store everything.

Here are a few accessories that you may want to consider to help with storage solutions:

  • Knife drawers are a great way to get rid of the knife block that sits on the countertop.
  • An appliance garage is the perfect way to hide a toaster or mini oven that are typically displayed on counters.
  • If you have a large mixer, there’s no better place to have it than in a cabinet with an appliance lift. They are spring-assisted, making it very accessible to bring out for use and put away after.
  • Microwaves are very helpful appliances. If you use it frequently, it may seem like the easiest solution is to install it on the counters for easy access, but here are a few tips on how to declutter the counters and get more landing space. If you’re redesigning the cabinet layout, you can home the microwave in either the upper cabinets or the base cabinets. If you don’t want to designate a whole cabinet for it, you can always install it in an oven cabinet or even inside of the pantry, keeping it out of sight but still accessible for use. Another option is to install it as a microwave/hood combo above the range.
  • Trash cabinets are very popular. They definitely help to keep a “cleaner” look by not having a separate trash can out in the open. This option is great for medium to large-sized kitchens.

I hope you find these tips helpful!

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