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The 2 Most Cluttered Places in the Kitchen, According to Marie Kondo - Cleaning Tips from the Kitchn

The 2 Most Cluttered Places in the Kitchen, According to Marie Kondo - Cleaning Tips from the Kitchn
From The Kitchn - November 14, 2017

The one and only Marie Kondo came by our office a few weeks ago to show us how to organize the kitchen junk drawer and our pile of napkins. She grouped like with like and folded fabric squares like a pro. (Not surprisingly, considering she's the author of the best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and has made a career telling people how to organize and declutter.)

While she was visiting, we asked her what mistakes she saw again and again in various kitchens. We wanted to know what specific places were almost always the most disorganized and cluttered. She did not miss a beat before giving her two-part answer to her translator.

1. The area around the sink.

Although we are big proponents of stocking pretty things around the sink to make doing the dishes a little more bearable (a plant or three, a ring holder, a pretty soap dispenser, maybe even a nice piece of waterproof art), apparently it is possible to go overboard. Too much stuff around the sink and not only does it start to look cluttered, but you also run the risk of knocking things into it. (And plumbers can be expensive!) It also means less space to stack and dry dishes that need to be hand-washed. Try to keep the space as clear as possible. This includes your drying rackwhen it's not in use, slide it into a cabinet to free up the counter.

2. The area around the oven.

Look at any of the House Tours on our sister site, Apartment Therapy, and you can always tell which kitchens belong to serious home cooks. They are the ones with jam-packed utensil crocks, salt cellars, bottles of olive oil, and other things lined up around the stovetop. While these things need to be nearby for the sake of convenience, too many things around the stove can be bad.

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