How to Declutter a Kitchen Before a Remodel
When you are getting ready to remodel your kitchen, it is important to start decluttering. How much stuff do you have in your kitchen? How cluttered does it feel? It may be difficult for you to find the space that will fit everything when the project is complete. Remodeling should not feel like an overwhelming task! That is why the experts at Sterling Kitchen & Bath have some tips on how you can declutter your kitchen the right way before you start remodeling.
Kitchen decluttering can be a daunting task, but the benefits you reap will be worth it. The more organized you keep your kitchen before starting work on the remodel itself-the easier everything should be after installation!
Start With The Utensils
The first thing that you should do is go through all of your utensils in your cabinets and drawers and get rid of the ones that aren’t necessary. How many spatulas, ladles, measuring cups and spoons does one person need? You may find yourself with more items than you can ever use. It's time to figure out what stays and goes. You could organize a yard sale or charity giveaway for those extra goods so they are not wasted.
Have a Good Look at Your Kitchen Appliances
How often do you use your KitchenAid stand mixer or that bread maker from the 1970s? If you don’t use it regularly, it’s time to let it go. How much storage space will these appliances take up in your new cabinets in your remodeled kitchen? There is no sense in keeping something if you aren’t going to use it.
The Same Rule Goes for the Food in Your Fridge and Pantry
If you have food that is about to expire, now is the time to use it up! Do not wait until after your kitchen remodels to try and eat all of the leftovers from Christmas dinner. The same thing goes for spices. If you haven’t used it in a while, it might be time to let it go. You can always replace it when you get your new kitchen.
Take Inventory of What You Have and How Much Space It Will Take Up
Now is the time to take inventory of what you have in your kitchen. How many cabinets and drawers will you need? How much counter space is necessary? Make a list of what you will need and start to figure out where everything will go. You should have the measurements of your new kitchen, cabinets and counter space beforehand. This will help give you an idea of what you should keep and what you can get rid of.
Organize All Kitchen Items Into Labeled Boxes
After you have decluttered items in the kitchen, it is time to move on to the next step- boxing up all of your kitchen items. This will help you as you are getting rid of cabinets and appliances. Label each box according to what it contains- such as pots and pans, baking supplies, spices etc.
Designate One Box for Frequently Used Kitchen Items
If you plan to stay in your home during the renovations, designate one box for things you use often. This will help you to keep track of what you need and make it easier to find everything.
It helps to have a single box for items that you use every day. Digging through boxes to find your pancake spatula may halt your previous efforts to declutter and organize your kitchen. When you have such a box or cabinet, you will know where to find what you need immediately. This will save you a lot of trouble since it eliminates the need to surround yourself with boxes.
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen While Your Kitchen is Being Remodeled
Another step that you can take to reduce the clutter in your kitchen while it is being remodeled, is setting up a temporary kitchen. How do you plan on cooking? A lot of people opt for purchasing camping equipment and taking advantage of their outdoor space. You could have a barbeque or use an electric griddle for cooking meals. You could also look into renting a small kitchen from a storage company. This will give you the space to cook and store your food, without taking up room in your newly decluttered kitchen.
Sterling Kitchen & Bath is The Best Choice for New Cabinets in Montgomery County, PA
If you need help decluttering and getting your kitchen ready for a remodel, contact Sterling Kitchen & Bath. Our team of kitchen cabinet experts is happy to provide you with some valuable advice on how to make this process easier. Whether you want to give us a call or schedule a tour of our showrooms, we want to be there for you every step of the way! We hope that these tips will help get your kitchen in shape before work starts so that when everything is finished up, all you have left to do is enjoy your new kitchen. With over 3 decades of experience serving Montgomery County, PA homeowners like yourself, don't hesitate, get started today!