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For the past four months my kitchen has been an unorganized, amateur bakery. From creating tailgating treats and Halloween snacks to savory Thanksgiving sides and Christmas cookies, I turned my kitchen upside-down with each and every recipe. You don’t even want to see my spice cabinet, utensil drawers or pantry. They’re just pure madness! (I know you must know how I feel.) Now that the holidays are over and the heavy baking has come to a halt, I desperately need to get my kitchen under control. So, if you’re dying to start out 2012 organized and clutter-free, then you’ll love this week’s how-to.

how to declutter the kitchen

Your kitchen can easily be the most cluttered room in the house. The best way to start is to clear off the cabinets and hit one shelf, cabinet or drawer at a time. Just like any other room, items should be sorted according to whether you want to keep, donate, sell, store or toss them. It may seem painful at first, but I promise the end result will produce smiles. Get Tips and Rules for Decluttering the Kitchen >>

Is “cleaning out the garage” or “tidying up the outdoors” on your home’s New Year’s resolutions list? Don’t fret. We have plenty of expert tips to get your home sparkling clean, inside and out, with help from HGTV.com.

8 Responses

  1. Andrea says:

    Great idea! I am starting tomorow.

  2. Chris says:

    That works great till the rest of the family shows up! Why is it IF there is a clean flat surface someone has to put something on it?

  3. Barbara Hill says:

    As u get older the kids leave, husband gone.(or u kicked him out.) Then its only u to pick up after, and I can make a bigger mess than anyone. Go figure!!!

  4. Sawyer says:

    Great tips. It also helps when you think of your kitchen as the most visibly room in the house, so make sure it always looks nice. Having countertops and cabinets to be proud of helps as well. Sometimes at<a href="http://capitolgranite.net>Capitol Granite we hear people use the excuse "if I install new granite countertops and remodel my kitchen I am sure to keep it clean." I wonder if they this actually works.

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