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8 Reasons Why You Have a Messy Kitchen

Are you guilty of keeping chipped dinnerware?

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We can’t stress it enough—the kitchen is a clutter-prone area that you need to clean and organize on a daily basis. Since we prep meals at least twice a day, it’s a must that we give the countertops a good wipe down and that the cabinets are well-stocked for our next cooking session. Given that it’s a busy area that takes quite a beating every day, it’s inevitable to come home to a messy kitchen—with a pile of dirty dishes in the sink capping off the unpleasant sight.

How do you turn things around? By simply getting rid of items that don’t belong there! Take note of the reasons why you have a dirty kitchen and the next steps you need to take to achieve a streamlined cooking space:

1. Your countertop serves as a big catchall for your belongings.


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Do you keep your bag, books, and other essentials in the kitchen? Keep in mind that the countertop is not a command center where you can dump all your belongings. Things that go in the different areas of the home end up in the kitchen, too! Make sure that before you call it a day, your kitchen is free from clutter and that everything is in its rightful place.

2. You don’t check the expiration date of your food items.

Did you recently go to the supermarket? Have you checked if you have expired items taking up precious cabinet space? Check your fridge—is the bowl of spaghetti from two weeks ago still there? Save yourself from bad tummy aches and create space for fresh ingredients by discarding items that are way beyond their shelf life.


3. Receipts, bills, and documents have taken over your junk drawer.

A junk drawer is a catchall for items you’ll organize in the near future, but the name doesn’t give you an excuse to fill it with clutter. Schedule a weekly junk drawer cleanup and immediately get rid of items you’ll no longer use. Receipts, old bills, and paper often take up most of the space so review these carefully to see if there are things you need to keep. Old bills for reference can be kept in your room or home office as well as important documents.

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4. Your cleaning supplies are stored with the stash of sponges and bottles of dishwashing liquid.

We’re all guilty of gathering all items related to cleaning and keeping them in one cabinet or bin. Doing so can only result in clutter, while making it more difficult for you to get what you need. To make cleaning easier, you may group the cleaning products you use per area, dedicate a bin for each then keep it in an accessible spot. To keep the kitchen organized, store your sponges, bottles of dishwashing liquid, and other non-food items in one cabinet.


5. Chipped plates, bowls, and glassware still occupy space on your shelves.

We all love to keep items with sentimental value, but not letting go of these belongings only result in clutter and running out of storage space. Check your dinnerware and discard items with chips and cracks. We’re sure you’re no longer using these so it’s best to part with them.

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6. You love hoarding plastic food containers.

We agree that reusable plastic containers come in handy when storing leftovers, frozen food, and even small accessories, but do you really need a hundred containers? There are a few who have boxes filled with these, while some stuff cabinets and drawers with containers in different sizes. Lessen the number of containers at home by only keeping three or four of each size and storing it neatly inside your cabinets. Don’t forget to discard containers with missing lids.


7. Hundreds of magnets cover your refrigerator.

Many of us bring home a magnet or two from our trips but you don’t need to display all of these and cover the entire refrigerator. Edit your collection and showcase your favorites or those that you hold close to heart.

8. You keep too many takeout condiment packets.

Ketchup packets and those handy utensils may come in handy when you’re traveling, but you don’t need to keep a lot at home. If you keep these for a long time, chances are, you’ll end up with a pile of expired packets. Keep only what you need, store it in a tray, and have a spot for it in one of your drawers.

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Source: Apartment Therapy

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