Stress Awareness Month is observed every April. It is a national effort aimed at educating people about the dangers of stress and the right strategies for coping with it. Even if you don’t suffer from stress, the observance can help you better support people around you who are struggling with high-stress challenges.

Heavy stress can deplete both the mind and body. Fortunately, though, there are steps that you can take to minimize, if not totally eradicate, stress. One important measure is to streamline your environment. When the world around you is free of clutter and disorder, you’ll be better equipped to deal with internal struggles.

The kitchen is a great place to start, since many of us spend a lot of our time at home in or near the kitchen. The very act of organizing your kitchen could prove therapeutic. It can rev up your creative juices, dim your worries, and help you feel more in control of your life.

Here are a few organizing tips to help you get started:

  • Use a Lazy Susan – Save space with a Lazy Susan. Rather than sticking frequently used items in the back recesses of your cabinets, put them on a turntable for easy access. Another perk of having a Lazy Susan is that it is easy to clean. Relegate messy items like honey and syrup to the Lazy Susan, then wipe it off as needed.
  • Make space for cookbooks – If your cookbooks are scattered all over the kitchen, consolidate them onto one shelf. Make sure that they are a safe distance away from humidity and grease.
  • Hang as much as you can – Try installing pegs to hang potholders, dishtowels and aprons. Make sure that the pegs are at least two feet away from the stove. You can also install a magnetic board to attach knives (rather than using drawer space). If you’re low on storage room for pots and pans, try installing an overhead pot rack.
  • Arrange items according to use – You can make kitchen processes smoother if you group things according to their frequency of use. Put commonly used dishes within easy reach and those that are less likely to be used in higher shelves that may not be as easy to access.
  • Group similar objects – Identify the items you have in your kitchen and store them according to their usage. For example, you can keep cutting tools in one drawer, serving pieces in another, etc.
  • Designate a cooking zone – Assign a cooking zone around your stove and keep it free of clutter. Make sure to store your cooking utensils nearby.

Organizing your kitchen is a big step in making your home a stress-free area. Take it up a notch by adding cheery and beautiful decor. If you don’t love your appliances but can’t afford to replace them, breathe new life into them with Appliance Art covers.