They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but when you live a lively family life, it’s not always easy to find the time to keep on top of the busiest room in the house.
You don’t need a long list of rules, though. George Clarke has just three principles for a clutter-free kitchen.
1. Have a clear-out
First off, you need to clear up your kitchen countertops, says George.
“As an example, just how many wooden spoons and chipped mugs do you need in your kitchen? If you’re not using them, throw them away. It’ll make you feel better, and it’ll make your kitchen look better,” he points out.
You can get rid of all those fridge magnets and scraps of paper as well: George says a kitchen blackboard is a handy place to keep your reminders and lists.
Your kitchen will seem huge once you’ve ditched all that clutter.
P&G SAVVY TIP: once your counters are clear, blitz them with Flash Ultra, so they look extra-fresh.
2. Store stuff better
It’s always tempting when you want to declutter a kitchen to just pick things up and stuff them into a cupboard.
“The problem is,” says George, “you’re just moving it from one location to another. So try using baskets, tubs or tins to divide the contents into proper types, rather than just pushing it all to the back of a cupboard.”
P&G SAVVY TIP: always remember to store household chemicals high up out of the reach of children.
3. Keep it under control
“The thing is, everyone uses the kitchen, so why should the responsibility for keeping it clean fall on your shoulders?” asks George.
“Try to get the rest of the family involved in doing just one small chore each day. It’s their space too, and they can be as proud of it as you are.”
And there you go. Three easy steps: one beautiful kitchen.