1. Clutter slows you down. Do a big edit of all your kitchen kit and chuck out everything that compromises your taste. Photo courtesy of Devol Kitchens. Gallery created by interiors expert
2. The biggest single thing you can do to improve the look of a kitchen is to take things out of it. If you don’t use something, remove it from your life. Keep only that which is fresh, works and makes you happy. There’s no point in buying good things if you don’t know how to throw out bad ones. Photo by Naruse Inokuma Architects.
3. Get on top of your mail everyday: Pay the bills, file away the newsletters, put the invitations in a diary, and keep surfaces clear. Rimforsa Tablet Stand, $14.95.
4. THE SECOND DRAWER: This is where most people keep their gadgets. Graters, wooden spoons, strainers, skewers, tea bells, meat thermometers and fifty other bits and pieces. Spread it all out on a kitchen bench. Mouldy wooden spoons? In the bin. Keep the best, discard the rest.
5. When you have done with chucking out, keep things in their place. Store items where they are used, based on frequency of use. Photo courtesy of James Fennel: The Interiors Archive.
6. If things have a proper home in the kitchen, they are more likely to be put away. Photo courtesy of Devol Kitchens
7. Get rid of pots and pans that are light, badly designed, worn or damaged. Now go shopping for new stuff! Photo of Louisa Grey's London apartment by Carl Bartram.
8. Buy a few fresh tea towels such as these crisp, timeless cotton designs by Tine K Home.
9. The trick is to keep surfaces clear. Photo courtesy of Devol Kitchens.
10. Be proud of where you live, cook, eat and entertain. Decorating and decluttering is about self respect. Click through to see an edit of new-season kitchen storage products.