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Ten hacks to keep your kitchen tidy

Knowing how to keep your kitchen tidy doesn’t just make life easier. It can also increase hygiene, practicality and safety

Kitchens tend to work harder than any other room in your home, especially if you’re a keen amateur chef. However, they also present unique challenges in terms of using space efficiently. No other room in the house has to accommodate as much equipment, witness as many individual actions (chopping, wiping, rinsing), or cope with as much mess being generated.


If you keep your kitchen tidy, you’re a long way towards maximising its practicality and its cleanliness. These are our tips for finding a place to store everything, which means you can access any item whenever you need it…


1. Position everyday objects in the easiest places to reach. Don’t put occasional-use Tupperware at eye level and relegate mugs to a high shelf. You’ll be more likely to put things away (and less likely to break them) if commonly used items are easily accessible.


2. Group objects together. Invest in a cutlery tray that fills your largest drawer. Put sharp knives in one recess, spoons in another, and so on. This reduces the risk of accidents, but it also gives every object a designated home.


3. Invest in a bread bin. Bread is a kitchen staple, yet it’s often found lying out on worktops in direct sunlight. It’s better stored in a dedicated worktop bin. This will preserve its freshness, and also prevent crumbs falling out or insects/pests being attracted into the kitchen.


4. Vacuum the floor daily. You might not have the time or expertise our cleaners invest in each kitchen deep clean, but daily vacuuming keeps crumbs and dust at bay. It’s remarkable how much tidier a kitchen looks once the floor’s vacuumed and mopped.


5. Invest in a multi-section bin. Give litter its own home by purchasing a three-container bin – one for non-recyclable waste, another for plastics, and a third for paper/cardboard. You’ll always have somewhere to dispose of general rubbish, preventing it piling up anywhere else.


6. Put up wall storage. Cupboards quickly fill and drawers are usually stuffed, but entire expanses of wall may be left bare. Shelving and storage can accommodate items that otherwise end up causing clutter – kitchen rolls, cookery books, knife sets, chopping boards.


7. Fit shelves inside cupboards. Most cupboards have shelves standing a foot apart, with loads of empty space above the items inside them. There are cheap plastic stands which effectively provide a shelf within a shelf, or you can even make your own.


8. Install a carousel into corner cupboards. Do you have a corner cupboard? If so, it’s probably dark and inaccessible, with long-forgotten items lurking at the back. Clear space elsewhere by installing a carousel that opens with the door, giving you valuable extra storage.


9. Declutter worktops. Using the techniques above, hide away anything you don’t use routinely – blenders, pestle and mortar sets, sandwich toastie makers. Leaving them out will see them covered in dust, while their irregular shapes will make wiping the units harder.


10. Keep paperwork elsewhere. Kitchen units are often used to store paperwork and post, simply because they’re large and flat. File letters and papers elsewhere in the home and keep your kitchen tidy – it’s only for cooking. Treat dining tables the same way.


At Queen of Gleam, we specialise in full kitchen cleans, from windows and worktops to appliances. Get in touch with us to request a quote for regular cleaning, or a one-off deep clean.

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