You may think that it is an easy task to organize a kitchen.
But, many of the kitchens I’ve been in would prove otherwise!
The kitchen can often be a chaotic space, since we have to organize so many different products and kinds of equipment in just a few cupboards.
You probably already know that it can also be difficult to do tasks in the kitchen if it is not organized.
Therefore, an organized kitchen can save you time cooking and cleaning each day. It will also make you feel happier and less stressed!
It’s important to set up some simple steps and daily routines to follow. This will help you have an easy time working in your kitchen.
Here are some pointers that you may use in organizing your kitchen:
You must keep your kitchen clean for you to work conveniently and free from any time consuming activities before you cook.
Discard any items that you will not use and place them in a place where you can locate them easier when the time comes that you will need their use.
Check expiration dates
Check the dates regularly.
If there are medicines, spices, or food that have already met their expiration, you can put them in the trash or discard those things immediately.
They are not good for you and only take up precious space.
Store everyday objects close to hand
Store cooking utensils, pots, and pans in an area near to where the stove is placed.
Make sure the utensils you use frequently are easy to reach.
Stack them neatly to have more space in cooking.
Put away utensils you don’t need
If there are large materials and cooking utensils that are seldom used in the kitchen, you may want to remove them and place them in a more out-of-the-way cupboard.
There are even appliances that are not used in your everyday cooking. You may consider adding to your kitchen an appliance barn. This can store your juicers, toasters, blenders, and other appliances on the countertop with order and arrangement.
Or you could store them in an attic or shed. Either way, don’t give precious kitchen real estate to obejcts you rarely use.
Store objects where they are used
For example, place the silverware and dishes close to your dining area. They will be more accessible for you to get these items when you are about to eat.
You may need silverware holders and racks to keep them organised and have more space.
It is essential to be aware of the materials or tools that are reachable by your children such as knives, cleaning chemicals, and alcohol.
Keep them in high places where they cannot be reached.
Alternatively, you can buy child-safe locks to place on cupboard doors.
The kitchen often ends up as the hub for the mail, newspapers, letters from the kids’ schools, and so on. These papers can be important, but they often get lost in the clutter.
You may use a bulletin board or the refrigerator to stick or hang reminders and schedules. Designate spots for your mail and bills and check them out everyday.
Clean the fridge
Always keep your refrigerator clean and neat both inside and outside.
If you see mystery foods, discard them at once. They are probably too old to eat. This is unhygienic and wasting space!
Tidy when done
If you are through with the kitchen, you must check everything before you leave the kitchen.
Do not forget to turn off the lights and the ceiling fan and everything that you used with electricity. Also, be sure to check the gas if you have a gas stove!
The key to an organized kitchen is maintenance.
Follow these steps regularly and your kitchen will be a more pleasant place to be.