These 5 mini moves will make your kitchen much more organized.
If you want to figure out some smart solutions for finally wrangling your kitchen clutter, turn to your favorite food bloggers and cookbook authors. Unlike restaurant chefs, food bloggers can spend just as much time in their kitchens, but they may not have the luxury of an enormous kitchen or professional equipment. Especially if they run their blog or do recipe development out of their home kitchen, they've likely created a highly organized system that works for them. And when it's also designed to be Instagram-ready, you know it's full of ideas that are both practical and pretty.
Case in point: the gorgeous and impeccably organized home kitchen of Sonja Overhiser, one half of the food blog A Couple Cooks and co-author (along with her husband Alex) of the new vegetarian cookbook Pretty Simple Cooking. She gave us a peek inside her orderly kitchen (see more on the A Couple Cooks Instagram account) and shared the rules she follows to keep it that way. Add these simple guidelines to your routine, and watch your kitchen turn into the most Insta-worthy room in your house.
Only display what's both beautiful and functional.
"When we decided to feature open shelving for our kitchen reno, we knew that we'd have to stay neat—which is not our natural tendency!" Sonja explains. "To help overcome this, we decided our open shelving could only showcase things we find both beautiful and functional—that is, things we want to look at that also serve a purpose! For example, we chose blue ball jars for drinking glasses because they're fun to look at and functional. We determined the color scheme for the remaining items would be neutrals and copper. . .After setting up this scheme, we let go and allow it to be a changing art piece!"
For everything that's functional but not beautiful—hide it!
"We keep our coffee appliances on our shelves and our copper stand mixer on the counter because we think they are beautiful. Other appliances we hide away in cabinets, including our microwave! We designed our kitchen to keep our microwave in the pantry cabinet to keep it out of sight," says Sonja.
When you get something new, get rid of something old.
The "one in, one out" guideline may be the golden rule of organizing, but in a kitchen that's full of tools and gadgets, it can be particularly difficult to follow. How does Sonja stick to it? By being strict and avoiding multiple appliances that serve the same function. "For example, we just got an Instant Pot, so we got rid of our rice maker since they perform the same function," she says.
Refresh your spices once per year.
"Spices can overwhelm your cabinets, plus they do lose flavor gradually over time. Comb through them annually and discard very old or unused spices." Sonja's favorite method is to store spices in glass jars in a shallow drawer and label the lids.
Make your most-used items easiest to access.
"If you use an appliance or utensil time and again, you don't want to be rooting around in a cabinet every time you access it. Try to organize your drawers and cabinets to keep your key tools easy to access," recommends Sonja. In her own kitchen, Sonja stashes the most frequently reached for plates, cups, and bowls on the bottom shelves.