(BPT) - The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it's also home to a lot of clutter. From food and utensils to small appliances and phone chargers, the kitchen is the second most-cluttered room in the house, according to a Moen Consumer and Market Insights Group. But, that doesn't meanhas to be difficult or even complicated. Make it one of your New Year's resolutions to bring order to the kitchen with these easy tips.
Stash your stuff where you can see it
You don't need a large pantry or countless cupboards and drawers to find the perfect spot for all your stuff. If you have blank space on the walls, consider adding a few open shelves. They provide plenty of storage while keeping everyday dishes and staples, like the coffee canister or cookie jar, within easy reach.
The biggest pain point - and eyesore - for homeowners is lack of counter space, and feeling like there isn't enough real estate for everyday essentials. Instead of adding to the chaos, designate a specific 'drop zone' for items that find their way into the kitchen each day, like mail, paperwork or electronics.
Extend the 'everything in its place' mentality to another kitchen staple - the dishtowel. Instead of leaving it in a damp heap on the counter, install a towel bar, towel ring or hook to the side of a cabinet or island to create a spot for it to hang. Not only will it free up space, but like in the bathroom or powder room, you'll always know where to look for it when you need it. The Hensley accessory collection from Moen features soft, square shapes to keep you stylishly organized; plus, it boasts Moen's exclusive Spot Resist finish, keeping it finger-print free. There's also a matching pulldown faucet available within the collection to create an impressively coordinated, organized space for the new year.
Storage space that works better, and smarter
If you're lucky enough to have a pantry, go beyond simple shelves to make this area work better - and smarter - for you. Pullout baskets and shallow drawers will ensure your pantry offers a proper place for everything. Curved cradles can turn an ordinary shelf into a beverage storage center, allowing you to store wine, water or soda bottles on their sides, while eliminating the fear of them falling off the shelf. And instead of wasting the space on the back of the door, install a slim, vertical storage system to provide a spot for plastic wrap, aluminum foil and other awkward-sized kitchen must haves.
The key to staying organized is making the best use of the space you have. With a little imagination and the right additions, getting the kitchen organized once and for all is a New Year's resolution that's easy to achieve.
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