In our apartment; like a lot of other places; the kitchen is the first thing you see when you open the front door. Also, since our apartment is open plan the kitchen forms a constant part of the living area – so keeping this area looking organized and clean can sometimes become quite a chore.
The last thing you want to be doing when you get home from a long day at work is cleaning the kitchen and cooking. All you want to do is relax and enjoy the time with your family. Which is why having a capsule kitchen is very helpful.
If you only have the necessary items in your kitchen; it will definitely look less cluttered and it will be much easier to keep clean. However in an area such as a kitchen, it can be quite a challenge to decide what are necessary items, and what is just clutter.
I finally got frustrated with our kitchen this week. It is already so small – and now being stuffed with all of our stuff it just doesn’t have the clean and organized feel that I want from my kitchen. The counters are full of knickknacks and things that are even used. It was time for some serious cleaning, clearing and organization!
So, this is what I did to sort out, toss out and re-organize my kitchen following the capsule (less is enough) method.
- Take everything out of the cabinets and off of the counters and place on the floor. This step is very similar to the Marie Kondo method of organizing.
- Sort through EVERYTHING. Anything that you don’t use regularly, or if it is broken or incomplete (ie. all the Tupperware without lids) must be tossed, or donated if you prefer.
- Take a good look at everything that is left over and start pairing like items together. So put all the dinner plates together, all the glasses together, all the bowls together, all the plastic containers (with their lids) together.
- Now that your items are grouped together, you can further cut them down. Do this by looking into your dinnerware (plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses, mugs, etc).
- The rule of thumb with a capsule kitchen is having only two sets per each member of the family. That will ensure you have enough for each person, and a few extras for occasional guests. What this means for a family of 4 (like mine) is that we will have 8 dinner plates, 8 side plates, 8 bowls, 8 sets of cutlery (knives, forks, spoons, teaspoons), 8 glasses, 8 mugs, 8 wineglasses.
- Do the same with your pots and pans; keep 3 pots of varying sizes, 2 frying pans a big and smaller one; in our case a wok since we love Asian foods, 3 Pyrex oven dishes (however many can fit into your oven at 1 time) and 2 baking sheets (if both can fit in your oven at the same time). Also if you like baking – like me – keep one cake tin, one muffin pan and one bread tin.
- Now do the same with your utensils – you need 1 spatula, 1 slotted spoon, 1 wooden spoon, cutting board, vegetable peeler, cheese grater, 1 long knife with a sharp edge, one shorter knife also with a sharp edge, 1 bread knife, 1 long knife with a serrated edge, 1 balloon whisk, 1 ladle.
- Next up is organizing your cabinets. Decide where the best spot would be for your paired items to go.
- Make space for your appliances in the cabinets as well. Have your counters completely clear. Except for the tea/coffee prep area where you will have your coffee machine/kettle and your sugar, coffee tea, etc.
- If there is an appliance you use daily; like a blender. Find a home for it on the counter as well. So, try to keep the counters as clear as possible.
So that’s it. The secret to organizing your own capsule kitchen.
I hope this helps you find peace from the clutter and keep your space looking good, and clean for longer!
Do you have any special thoughts on how to de-scale the clutter? Or any secret tips you use to keep you kitchen looking organized and clean with little effort? Share with us, and we can all enjoy some peace in our kitchens.