Today, many new and renovated homes have kitchens that are fully open to a living or
family room, and are therefore highly visible. Where we used to have toasters, mixers,
pots and other devices and utensils on the counters or walls, you won’t see that in today’s
kitchens or design sites. A highly popular modern trend is minimalist kitchens that are
spare and virtually clutter free. If you want to have a version of this look in your new or
redesigned kitchen, early in the design process, you’ll want to think about what you have,
what you want, and how you want to use it. Discuss all this with your kitchen
designer/planner to have the correct type of cabinets and kitchen layout. Here are 6 ways
to decrease clutter in your new kitchen, and some will work for any kitchen.
1. Install hidden storage space. Make sure small appliances are hidden but easily
accessible. Specialty storage and design is available for pots and lids, spices, wine,
cleaning supplies, hidden electrical outlets, microwaves in drawers, vegetable bins, pet
dishes and more. Use counter tops for only a couple of decorative items to keep
countertops relatively clear.
2. Install proper disposal bins. Disposal bins should be strategically located, often
near the sink, to allow ease of use while working. It is easier to sort garbage, trash, and
recyclables if they are close at hand, but hidden, preferably under the counter. Not having
a place to organize or dispose of things in the moment can lead to clutter.
3. Have a home for everything. Make sure everyone in your household knows where
things belong. Designate a specific place for all kitchen implements, and likewise, don’t
let things like keys, lunch boxes, purses, and mail end up on counter tops. Make sure
these have designated storage places as well.
4. Keep the refrigerator free from artwork, magnets and notes. Simple, but effective,
are storage frames which will display one piece of your children’s artwork while storing
several others within. A clutter free refrigerator will give your kitchen a clean and
5. Filter out the excess. Most kitchens are filled with numerous items that are rarely
or never used. Donate these or throw them away. Keep utensils, dishes, and implements
to a minimum. Evaluate your small appliances as well. If you haven’t used it in over a
year, it may be time for it to go.
6. Allow yourself one junk drawer. Even the neatest, most organized people have
junk. Designate one drawer for miscellaneous items that don’t have a specific place.
Make sure it’s only one drawer and go through it often to remove unwanted items.
These are just a few ideas for keeping your kitchen neat, clean, and clutter free. Our
designers can help you select specialty or custom cabinets. They can plan your layout for
beauty and convenience and give you the best advice on what will work for you and
achieve a modern, beautiful result.