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These Simple Tips Will Keep Your Kitchen Neat & Organised

September 22, 2020

Your home’s kitchen is probably pleasing to look at and well-organised when it is newly renovated. But over time, what you’d hoped would be a wonderful space for cooking, baking or meal prepping has become a magnet for clutter.

Setia Eco Park, Setia Alam by Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd
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Maintaining a neat and organised kitchen can be a huge challenge, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. However, having everything in its proper place will make cooking and cleaning easier and more fun!

If you’re ready to reclaim your kitchen, we’ve got the tips and strategies to help you master your clutter so you can enjoy that new kitchen feeling once again!

TIP 1: Organize items by use

Organizing a kitchen by splitting it into different zones based on activity makes it a lot easier to navigate your kitchen. For instance, you can allocate one section of your kitchen to store kitchen appliances such as ovens, microwaves, rice cooker or coffee machine, as pictured in this modern home.

Dumalis, Sierra 16 by Klaasmen Sdn. Bhd.
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TIP 2: Colour-code your kitchenware

Your kitchenware double as artwork when similar-coloured items are grouped together. So rearrange them based on colours as seen in this modern home where the elegant black marble island kitchen features well-stacked charcoal black cups and plates that are straight-up therapeutic to look at!

Warisan Puteri, Sepang by PINS Studio
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TIP 3: Alternate between closed and exposed shelves

Divide your kitchen between open and closed shelving. This will help you to hide away the unattractive items like your pots and pans and showcase your special occasion dining or serving pieces for an attractive display. In this modern kitchen designed by Ambient Design Studio, the prettiest dinnerware are being neatly displayed on open shelves and inside glass windows while the less attractive essentials are tucked away inside the kitchen cabinets below the sink.

Petaling Jaya by Ambient Design Studio
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TIP 4: Label your containers

And half-empty bags of biscuits, pasta and tie-closed boxes of cereals can all create visual clutter in your kitchen space. To cut down on that, store your most-used staples into clear jars, bottles or containers and label them with stylish printable kitchen labels. This will free up some room in your kitchen and keep things organised.

West Side 3, Desa Park City by Amaze Design Sdn Bhd
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TIP 5: Hook it up

Stop fumbling through drawers for cooking utensils by storing your knives on a wall-mounted magnetic strip. Not only does it save lots of counter space, but your kitchen tools will also always be easily accessed when it comes to chopping those vegetables, fruit and meat. Besides magnetic strips, you can also add a rail or hooks to display spatulas, spoons, whisk or ladles so that it is never far away from your reach when you're in the middle of cooking.

Eco Majestic, Semenyih by Pocket Square
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Cloud Tree, Sri Kembangan by Interior+ Design Sdn. Bhd.
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TIP 6: Repurpose pretty bowls

There’s no need to buy new bowls or containers when you probably have what you need hiding away in your kitchen cabinets. Set a few pretty bowls on your kitchen counter to store and display vegetables, fresh fruits or eggs in a neat way.

Ceria Residence (Type A) by Nice Style Refurbishment
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Grey Stone, Adda Height by Fuyu Dezain Sdn. Bhd.
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TIP 7: Position your kitchenware strategically

When organising your kitchen, keep items you use daily or frequently at eye level so you can grab it all easily. Reserve the prime spots for everyday items. For example, you can place your favourite wine glasses or mugs at eye level and empty jars or containers at hard-to-reach shelves at the top of the cabinet. Same goes for your pantry; position things you use the most, like cereal, where it’s easiest to access.

Regency Height Penthouse, Bayan Lepas Penang by Nevermore Group
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Regency Height Penthouse, Bayan Lepas Penang by Nevermore Group
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TIP 8: Add pull out drawers

As you’re rearranging the items you use most to keep the kitchen organised, you’ll inevitably run across clutter in drawers. As a solution, consider installing pull-out drawers that come with organisers to neatly store your kitchen utensils or pots and pans more efficiently. This will make it easier for you to allocate your kitchen items without creating a huge mess everytime you're looking for something inside the drawer.

Duplex Condo by SQFT Space Design Management
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TIP 9: Create a kid zone

To make it as easy as possible for your kids to find snacks in the pantry, set up a special section at the bottom shelves of your kitchen island or cabinets for fruits, snacks, drinks together with plates, cups and cutleries. This will help to streamline the appearance of your kitchen and make it easier for them to grab a snack on their own.

The Straits View Residences by Oriwise Sdn Bhd
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TIP 10: Come up with a kitchen schedule

Your kitchen won’t stay clean and organized all by itself. It’s up to you to give it the care and attention it needs to remain functional and attractive. Adopt a realistic schedule that is easy to accomplish such as cleaning your kitchen before bedtime or every or every Sunday morning and hang it up on the refrigerator so you will never forget.

The Modern Grandeur - Tiara Hills, Cheras by Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd
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If mobile devices are more your thing, download a “to-do list” app and create a list just for kitchen organization and cleaning. It may seem tedious at first, but you’ll thank yourself every time you look around your clean and neatly organised kitchen!

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