So for the past year or so, I’ve been seeing, hearing and reading so many things about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’m sure you all have heard about it, too, and possibly even read the book for yourself. Personally, I feel like I already live a somewhat decluttered, simple life. I don’t necessarily need to read a book to figure out how to declutter, how to let things go and how to build relationships with my things.
Here’s a quick rundown on how I personally stay organized in my kitchen. Keep in mind that I have absolutely no problem throwing things out or letting things go. If I know I haven’t used an item in over 6 months, and if it doesn’t serve any purpose in my life, I will get rid of it.
My drawers used to be cluttered and full of duplicate utensils. I had so many mixing spoons and spatulas– most of which I had never used. I wanted to keep everything simple by keeping my absolute essentials. My next goal for this drawer is to get matching utensils so it’s not a complete eyesore.
Another way I keep everything organized in my drawers is by using these drawer organizers. I purchased these ones for about $2 at Walmart. There were three per pack and came in two different sizes. They aren’t the prettiest organizers, but they get the job done when you want to organize on a budge.
One of the things I’ve always struggled with in every house is my spice cabinet. No matter what I did, it would always end up scattered and messy. Some spices would be hidden, which would result in me buying duplicate bottles of the same spice (hence the double turmerics in the front). I purchased this spice organizer from TJ Maxx for about $6 and it has proven to be useful. If you watched my house tour earlier this month, you can compare that view of the spice cabinet to this. It literally looks exactly the same. That’s how great this organizer is– you literally can’t mess it up!
Another organizational piece I invested in were these $3 file organizers from Target. I use them to store my lids and cutting boards. I was very hesitant about using them because I wasn’t sure it would work the way I envisioned it. It ended up working like a charm!
The last organization tip/trick I have is buying everything in white. You can’t go wrong with white dishes because they’re great for presentation and you can always match your dishes, no matter what store you go to. Fun fact: about 70% of the dishes in this cabinet are actually from the Dollar Tree. I always get compliments on this cabinet, and it literally shocks people when I tell them that fact.