Are you eating unhealthily and spending a small fortune on takeaways and convenience foods simply because your kitchen is in such a muddle that you don’t want to be in it?
We’ve all heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so as new year resolutions start to fade it‘s helpful to consider how a well organised space can make a difference to the smooth running of this hard-working area and help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
Everything happens in the kitchen. Life happens in the kitchen. — Andrew Zimmern
Here are just a few of the benefits of having a Better Organised kitchen!
Ease of access — using space to its full advantage is made easier if appropriate storage is used and items are grouped and stored in a logical way that reflects the activity and lifestyle of you and your family
Saves money — repeat purchasing is more likely to happen if you can’t easily see what you already have. A simple and logical layout in drawers, pantries and freezers that aren’t stuffed full of food or cleaning products will help to prevent unnecessary spending
Time-saving — efficient habits like meal planning, writing shopping lists and putting away shopping are made a whole lot easier in a kitchen that is orderly and organised
Frees up space — redundant appliances and out-of-date ingredients, medications and pet food all take up valuable space in a less organised kitchen. By efficiently purging, sorting and organising the space you will free up room for the things that matter most (perhaps that glossy cookbook that you keep meaning to use?!)
Minimises waste — According to research by Zero Waste Scotland, Scottish households throw away 630,000 tonnes of food waste every year. Having a functional and well organised kitchen helps you to easily plan fresh meals, only buy what you’ll use and keep food stored in a hygienic way that reduces waste
Safety — if you can move around your kitchen with ease and not have to move things out of the way, there is less chance of accidents, injuries or breakages
Less cleaning — the clearer your worktops and tables are, the quicker and easier they are to clean!
You want to be in it – if your kitchen is welcoming and uncluttered, it will be simple to run, easy to maintain and the chances are you will be more inclined to spend time enjoying it productively — whether that be for trying out new recipes, creating memories during baking sessions with the kids, lingering for a few minutes of calm over a cuppa or hosting relaxed gatherings with friends
If the thought of decluttering and organising your kitchen is simply overwhelming or you struggle to find the time to do it on your own, there are professional declutterers and organisers up and down the country who will help you to simply get it done! Find your local registered organiser at APDO UK. As well as hands-on help to declutter and organise, APDO members can advise on storage solutions, give you tips for minimising a build-up of clutter, take away items for donation or disposal and even access trade discounts with big-name suppliers on your behalf.
I’m Kate, a productivity coach & professional organiser and the founder of Better Organised; decluttering and organising homes, offices, businesses and lives in the UK and beyond. Head to Amazon to pick up a copy of my book, A Better Organised Home in 30 Days for my step-by-step guidance to decluttering and organising throughout your home. For regular tips, advice and news about all things organised, please sign up to my newsletter at https://www.betterorganised.uk