It happens so slowly you don't notice until it's too late. It can take over your kitchen.
It's clutter creep. Nicole Facciuto, a New York-based designer and host of A&E's "Fix This Kitchen," has seen its ugly side.
Here are Facciuto's tips to get our kitchen in order:
Sort: How many rubber scrapers/paring knives do you need? "See what you can get rid of. It's actually time-prohibitive to have many things of one item."
De-clutter: "One drawer at a time. Go through it one Saturday afternoon -- we do it with our closets."
Repair: "Fix things you use. If you don't use it, get rid of it."
Arrange: "If you cook a certain food all the time or you have certain items you use all the time, make sure they're easily accessible."
Label: Spices, brushes (marked for "desserts" or "meats/fish").
Organize: "Designate areas for everything that goes into or revolves around the kitchen," such as a kids' wall, cookbooks, etc.).