4 simple steps to an uncluttered, organized kitchen you'll actually want to cook healthy meals in.
"The more your personal spaces are devoted to single, clear purposes, the better they will serve you, not just in the fulfillment of your dharma but in your mood and productivity."
- Jay Shetty
Growing up my mom called me a "human wrecking ball." I would bounce from one thing to the next and leave a trail behind me. Thankfully, she demanded I pick up after myself, so by no means was my room a chronic disaster. If left to my own devices, though, it would've been. It wasn't until becoming a mom myself that I learned (very quickly) how to keep an organized, uncluttered home. I realized the impact that my surroundings had on my headspace, productivity and ability to bring my highest self to motherhood & life in general.
When working with clients on integrating a new healthy habit, I suggest that space and inspiration be created first. I like to invite in a new practice by clearing the time, reducing or eliminating whatever's in the way and then filling the environment with inspiring content to make it enticing and sustainable. This goes for time, mental and physical space.
So if we know that positioning ourselves in clean, minimalist spaces is conducive to a more creative and productive life, where do we start? Let's talk about the kitchen, the heart and common area of every home. For a lot of us, January is a time to eat healthier, and this year especially, cook more. You can certainly dive in headfirst, buy all the things, adhere to some insane program and grind it out with whatever you're already working with...or...you can have a more mindful, clear-headed fresh start in an inspired space. I recommend the latter because it will be a pleasurable experience and pleasurable experiences are fun to repeat.
Here are my 4 easy steps to an inspired kitchen you'll love cooking in:
1. MAKE A MESS
Seriously. There's no way around it. I mean, there is, but it's painful, takes twice as long and isn't as effective. Pull everything out and eliminate as much as you can. The goal is to create space, so only keep what you really love and use. This way, you'll be left with only the things you truly need and you'll know what's missing.
Now that you have your essentials, you can put things in their original or new homes. Ideally, you want everything positioned where you use it (strainers by the sink, cutting boards, knives & measuring cups by your prep area etc.) One strategy is to place your most frequently used items like silverware and flatware within arms reach of the dishwasher and then work outward with the most obscure items being furthest away. Do what works best for your space but take a moment to really consider what will reduce frustrations for you.
3. TREAT YOURSELF
Once you've done steps 1 and 2, you'll know where you have gaps in your kitchen equipment and what tools would be helpful in staying organized. Ask yourself "what will make cooking easier and more fun?" Make hard-to-reach places accessible with turn tables, drawers and bins. Otherwise, your juicer will never emerge from that far corner of the bottom cabinet. Decorate with functional pieces that draw you in. Displaying things that double as utility keeps your kitchen minimalistic and beautiful.
4. CREATE A SYSTEM
Label whatever you can so that you (and anyone else who utilizes or cleans your kitchen) will know where to return things to.
I hope you find these tips helpful and feel inspired to give your kitchen a refresh. If you do, please tag me on insta @kristenmariasrd. I'd love to see what you do with your spaces!