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Clutter-free kitchen


The kitchen is not only the most trafficked room in any home but also the room with the most uses. Cooking is only one use of the kitchen. Kitchens are used for storage of mail, newspapers, magazines, keys, tools, batteries, candles, plants, toys (for every generation), first aid kits, fire extinguishers, items without a home, items without a purpose, dead animals (sometimes live ones), etc.

There are great articles about how to organize a kitchen to maximize no just space but functionality. Besides the main concepts, almost all include the reduction in equipment and the organization of spices. Michelle Higgins of the NY Times describes 7 steps to a clutter-free kitchen -https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/realestate/five-steps-organized-kitchen.html

As in war, first contact with the enemy destroys the best laid plans. So a great organized kitchen may not survive the first day of a family actually using it. There is some great advice about keeping a kitchen organized on a daily basis. It even acknowledges real life in rule 9.

- https://www.thekitchn.com/the-10-commandments-of-a-clutter-free-kitchen-life-in-the-kitchen-218798

Lastly, this article shows the real world difficulties of real world kitchens and their real world spices. It discusses all different aspects of “the life of spice” and shows different ways of organizing spices. It highlights, unintentionally, how far from ideal these solutions are - https://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/how-long-do-spices-last.html According to these tips, spices are virtually impossible to tame (other than by hiding them).

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