Week 4: Komono – Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home.
And we all know what happens when the heart isn’t functioning well…
For me, when the kitchen is clean and in order it feels like the entire home is in order (or at least feels like you’re getting the day off to a good start)! And this is what I envision for my kitchen.
That is one thing that Marie Kondo talks about in the book, envisioning what you want your space to be. If you just declutter without any expectation of what it will be like when you’re finished, how will you ever be finished?
My vision for my kitchen is as follows:
- All food in the upper cabinets above the dishwasher (no food on the counter whatsoever!)
- All dishes, cups, pots, pans, baking pans, etc. on the side of kitchen with the stove. Utilize cabinet above the stove.
- Counters clear! Only a few exceptions for things like the stand mixer, coffee maker, etc.
- Figure out proper use of cabinet above the refrigerator and avoid anything actually on top of the refrigerator.
If I can clear out some of my baking dishes (we have so many casserole dishes it’s crazy), then I feel sure that my vision is attainable. The bigger issue I see is certain things are too tall for my cabinet to store food (IE: the large cereal boxes are too tall and I even think they are too long for that cabinet – if I tried to store them on the side). I really wish we had a pantry! So I might have to get creative. Potentially, purchase other containers that I pour the cereal in once opened (or I guess I could get rid of the box and just keep the bag).
My vision above is not set in stone, but it’s a good starting point. The basic rule is to truly utilize all the cabinet storage and not have it storing things that I don’t use. I need to get rid of those things or store them somewhere else (perhaps upstairs which is where I envision my bulk storage).
Oh and this is the checklist that I’m using through this entire declutter series. So I’ll be looking at the Kitchen section to make sure I don’t forget anything!
Do you have any great storage / space saver tips? Leave them in the comments below!