“Clearing clutter—be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual—brings about ease and inspires a sense of peace, calm, and tranquility.” 

Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Create Peace of Mind by Decluttering your Kitchen

Need more serenity and peace in your life?  Start with the heart of your home – the kitchen. Organizing your kitchen to a less cluttered, more Zen space can be the first step to finding a more composed, tranquil you.

Your kitchen & lifestyle transformation is totally possible and easier than you think!   The Zen team has broken it down into 7 manageable steps. This process will be both enjoyable and transformational.  Before you start, have a separate bag, box or bin on hand for each category:

  1.  Recycle – donate to a Thrift Store like Good4U;
  2.  Repair/Reuse – if it doesn’t work, fix it;
  3.  Sell it;
  4.  Landfill.  

Ok, let’s go…

What do you use most often?

Your kitchen should work for you! Are rarely used items like popcorn makers, cookbooks, margarita machines and your great grandmother’s samovar occupying too much counter space?  Store the clutter and create focused work centers – for example – a coffee station, where mugs, tea bags, coffee, & kettle and teaspoons are all in one easy-to-access place. Think how peaceful the start to your morning would be!

What wastes valuable space?

When was the last time you made a Martini?  Make a list – what do you use every day and simply can’t do without?  Everything else is surplus to requirement. Oh! the space you’ll save by selling or donating that dusty barware and other unused items.  And, by donating to help others you’ll not only get rid of clutter, you’ll feel happier and healthier too (it’s proven fact.)

Turn your clutter into cash

Overwhelmed by nice things (like that Medusa D’or Champagne flute) you may have inherited or got as a gift and never use, yet can’t seem to part with?  To someone out there your clutter is their treasure. So, list it, sell it, and treat yourself to something fabulously indulgent with the cash. Decluttering doesn’t have to be all hard work!

Organize your pantry for optimal shopping efficiency. Make a list!   You’ll not only reduce food wastage, you’ll cut way back on buying things you don’t need. No need to be obsessive about it, but an action as simple as arranging your cabinets so tins are facing frontwards goes a long way in making your life easier.

Organize your food so you can easily see what you have on hand.  If you have lots of baskets in the pantry, consider labelling each with its contents, or put a masterlist on the pantry door (inside). Position staples and things you use daily at eye level.  Grouping pasta, rice, etc., together in neat baskets or custom made jar means you can lift them out easily. Use sturdy baskets to arrange jars of spices and herbs in cabinets – rather than rifling through your spice selection and becoming increasingly exasperated, grab the basket and have a quick scan.

By the way, spices and herbs are loaded with healthy things that can ease stress and improve your overall well-being, but won’t do much for you or your food if they’re too old. As a general rule, whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 2 to 3 years and dried herbs for 1 to 3 years.

Thinking practically isn’t just about making your regular kitchen activities easier; it’s also about distributing your lesser-used items more efficiently. If an item is heavy, make sure you place it somewhere low down, otherwise you’ll never bother getting it out again for fear it’s going to topple on you. Likewise, items that you only get out for a special occasion – say posh cutlery for a dinner party – should be stowed in a clearly labelled box and stored in a cupboard, ready to be removed on the odd occasion they’re needed. A place for everything and everything in its place.

Your storage should work for you

You can add up to 50% more storage space in a cupboard simply through using the layout most efficiently, but most of us tend to stick to the way we threw things together when we first moved in. Mess leads to stress, so it makes sense that an organized cupboard is just one more step toward a serene kitchen

You’re wasting a whole lot of kitchen space if you’re not making the most of movable shelves.

If you have a shelf of tins with a huge gaping space above them, consider adding a new shelf or moving them around to create more storage within your kitchen cabinets.

We all love those deals on food storage containers, but do you really need ten of each size? Recycle those you don’t use and organize those you do. This would be a good time to switch to glass.  Glass containers can be heated over and over without worrying about chemicals leaching into your food and they won’t pick up dyes and smells from things like tomato sauces and turmeric-heavy dishes.

Think practical, not pretty.

It’s all too easy to get carried away by prettiness and forget to consider how sensible a storage solution is. Mason Jars look vintage and classic laid out in a spacious pantry, but squashed into your average kitchen cupboard, they actually take up a lot of room due to the curved shape.

And…

Let’s face it, there are some kitchens that just don’t have enough storage space.  No matter what you do, your kitchen’s design is working against you. Time to visit us at our Calgary Zen Kitchen showroom, we have lots of cabinets, countertops and staff with great ideas to help you tame the clutter monster and design a beautiful and functional kitchen to boot!