So many times I encounter this conversation with clients: “I hired an organizer and they were great and my place looked wonderful and clean when they left. However, after a few weeks it was back to the same mess.” Organizing a space is easy, but finding the solution to keeping it organized must be tailored to what works best for you and your circumstances.
This last week at the gym I was perusing magazines and came across a page with brief tips on de-cluttering your kitchen in the September issue of Health. Two of the suggestions were to group similar kitchen items together and setting a permanent table to prevent mail from piling up.
Always having a set table does not necessarily prevent a clutter stage and grouping items together doesn’t always save time. Making your kitchen work for you requires simple elimination of non useful items and the dedication to maintaining your newly established routine.
If you are going to group items make sure they are essential items of current need. A grouping of a rarely used pizza slicer with an often used spatula because they are utensils does not make logical sense.
- Counter appliances
- Seasonal bake ware
After this process, see what inventory you have. If you have several of one thing and use only one of them, the others are taking up valuable real estate. In addition, group things together that are used in conjunction such as a spatula and tongs. I like to say “like with like, use with use.”
Find out what the clutter in the space represents to you and its sentimental attachment. No matter the size of the space it is not always an organizational issue.
I have clients who have multiple sets of dishes and feel they must have all of them. These sentimental items are pushing them out of the kitchen by taking up space, unless you have a room dedicated to dishes. Continued success in an organized space requires finding out the reasons for the clutter and then mapping out a plan of organization which makes sense to you.
In our new book, A Recipe for Life by the Doctor’s Dietitian, there is a section on organizing your kitchen. Since a kitchen represents the heart of the home it must be nourished. Once you decide to change your space and experience the benefits it will be easy to maintain.