Whether you have just 10 minutes or a full 30, you can tackle your kitchen’s messiest spots in a few simple steps.
1. If you have 10 minutes:
Clear off the countertop.
Find a new home for any appliances you don’t use daily (or close to it). If you hand-wash dishes, dry them on a rack like the Siliconezone by Karim Sink Roll ($50); it rolls up for easy storage when not in use.
2. If you have 15 minutes:
Sort out the cleaners under the sink.
Pull out your cleaning supplies; toss anything that has dried out or been used beyond recognition. Arrange the remaining cleansers by room or type (e.g., “bathroom,” “dusting”) and place each group into a plastic bin — they’ll be easy to grab at chore time.
3. If you have 25 minutes:
Take on that overloaded utensil drawer.
Two questions: Has it been over a month since I used this? Do I have something else that works better? If you say yes to both, donate it! Can’t decide? Put it into a box in the basement; write the date on top. If the box is unopened a year from now, give it up!
Streamline your storage containers.
Recycle lidless, discolored, or warped plastic containers, then assess your needs: Most families of four are fine with 12 pieces total. Stick to vessels that are all the same shape so they’ll stack neatly and take up less space.
4. If you have 30 minutes:
Reorganize the refrigerator.
Toss anything that’s expired, group like with like, and stash small items (yogurt, fruit) in clear plastic drawers like Fridge Binz ($8 to $20 each). Check the freezer: If you don’t recognize it, can’t remember when you froze it, or know that it’s more than six months old, chuck it.
This article was originally published at Elle Decor.