We have all seen immaculately tidy bespoke kitchens manchester in glossy magazines before a photo shoot, but how do you keep a real working kitchen clutter free?

Follow these 12 golden rules to keep a clutter-free kitchen:-

1. Keep countertops clear

A great starting point for a clutter-free kitchen is to keep countertops clean and clear. Avoid using them as a dumping ground for life’s miscellanea such as the mail, keys, school letters, party invites and dirty pots. Create separate designated areas for filing documents and hanging keys. Make it a rule to wash dishes after eating and get rid of any non-essential countertop décor.

2. Keep appliances behind doors

Toasters, coffee makers and microwaves are all essential items in a kitchen but often look untidy and clutter a kitchen work surface so are better kept behind doors. For optimal use store them in a larder cabinet with bi-fold doors and worksurface. A larder has the added benefit of keeping breakfast items tidy behind doors. The whole family can help themselves to cereals, bread, tea and coffee in the morning and then simply close the doors to make the kitchen look neat and tidy again.

larder

3. Give your old equipment away.

When you add new equipment to your kitchen, recycle the old, don’t be tempted to hang on to it. Follow the ‘one in one out rule.’

4. Let yourself have one messy drawer.

It’s official, nobody is perfect! In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have one of these but everyone needs a break from time to time! Better to cheat a bit with one messy drawer than clutter the countertop!

bespoke cutlery insert drawer

5. Don’t use the kitchen fridge as an art gallery!

Well, it’s ok to have a couple of children’s drawing but avoid overload. Keep party invites and school notice letters in a study, or designated drawer. Make a separate noticeboard for children’s artwork.

6. Beware the pitfalls of open shelving.

Kitchens look neater when things are kept behind cabinet doors rather than stored out in the open or behind glass doors. If you are aiming for total minimalism you are better off sticking to cabinets so you can hide the clutter.

However, there is nothing wrong with open shelves for displaying interesting items in a coordinated way but beware of displaying a collection of items that do not relate or it will simply look untidy.

open shelving

7. The advantage of a utility room/laundry room

A place not on show that’s big enough to store your outside coats and shoes, sports equipment, additional cooking, dirty laundry and even the dog is a real luxury and certainly assists in keeping the clutter out of the kitchen!

Alternatively, designate a small space upstairs for the laundry, perhaps in a spare bedroom to keep the kitchen floor clear of washing basket clutter. This will also allow more storage room in the kitchen.

utility room

8. Keep bins in a designated recycling cupboard

If you have space it’s always better to keep the bins behind doors in a cupboard so that the floor is kept clear of clutter. It also encourages better habits of recycling and cleanliness.

utility room 2
utility pull out larder

9. A place for everything and everything in its place!

Make sure there is a convenient place to keep every essential item you use in the kitchen from tea towels to kitchen roll! If you run out of space, hooks on the kitchen wall or inside cabinets are better than cluttering the workspace.

Cutlery inserts will ensure that your cutlery drawer doesn’t end up in a jumble and peg boards ensure plates fit perfectly. Make sure you have designated pan drawers that are deep enough for your pans so that you don’t have to put them on the top of a cupboard. If you don’t have room in your drawers for all your pans put the ones you least often use in a separate room.

peg drawer

If you looking at redesigning all or part of your kitchen, bespoke kitchen cabinets can often make the most use of the space. For example, you may be restricted to standard units sizes when looking at installing a kitchen island but with a bespoke kitchen island, this can be made to your exact specification with spaces for trays, bookshelves and any appliances. You may wish to install a small wine chiller into the island to avoid the clutter of a work surface wine rack and still have sufficient space for a sink and dishwasher. Bespoke bench seating can also help keep clutter at bay if it is designed with lift up storage space. Bespoke cabinets can be useful in an open plan kitchen for example where the room has been opened into a hallway, cabinets can be built under the staircase to keep clutter behind a closed door.

Narrow or shallow cupboards and the back of cabinet doors can be used for spice and oil racks. If you are planning a mantel over your range cooker, a neat and tidy place to keep oils and spices is in concealed pull out drawers either side of the mantel or in hidden cupboards inside the mantle.

pull out spice drawer
hidden spice drawer
bookshelf

10. Follow the ‘don’t put it down, put it away policy’

Following on from the idea that there should be a designated place for everything in the kitchen, every time you put something down, think where it should actually live. When you have done the shopping make sure you put it all away at one time, don’t leave non-kitchen items hanging around in the kitchen. Don’t leave coats on chairs, hang them up. When you have finished reading the newspaper put it in the recycling bin or magazine rack, and if you don’t have time to put away the shopping list, put it away in the messy drawer!

11.Have a morning and evening routine

Never go to bed until the dishwasher is filled and the kitchen table/kitchen island is cleared of dirty pots. Make sure all the family does their bit to help.

Empty the dishwasher in the morning ready to put in breakfast pots and store away cereal packets and breadboards back into cupboards.

12. Always leave the kitchen better than you found it.

Finally the most important rule, always leave the kitchen better than you found it. This means wiping down surfaces when you have finished preparing food, putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Put back seasonings and oils back in the spice racks and all the rubbish in recycling and compost bins. Be mindful of using

items in the fridge or fruit bowl in the right order rather than opening new ones to prevent cluttering the fridge.

in built wine cabinet

If you are looking at redesigning your kitchen and would like some kitchen design tips why not call us on 07894666301 or email our contact page to arrange a free design consultation from Handcrafted Kitchens, kitchen design Cheshire.