The Best Tips for Kitchen Organization
The kitchen is the heart of every home, where both good meals and memories are made. Unfortunately, this is also the area of our homes that generally gets the most messy and unorganized! Sometimes the kitchen can be a great hiding place for pests and insects without us even knowing. How can we get rid of this problem? Thorough cleaning and organizing is the best way to make your kitchen sparkling clean and safe again.
We’ve gathered some of the best tips and techniques on how to make your kitchen cleaning long-lasting and your kitchen organization safe and savvy!
Getting rid of clutter will make it much easier to get your kitchen organization started. Pull everything out of each cabinet and go through everything you want to keep or that you can toss. Take out every last bit of kitchenware, and lay everything out on your kitchen table so you can assess what you need and what you don’t need.
Discard or donate things that are not frequently used, any duplicate items, broken items or things you forgot you had. Do this with each cabinet and drawer, setting up separate areas on the counter for each group. With the cabinets and drawers empty, you can now clean them from top to bottom. Cleaning your cabinets thoroughly will prevent bugs from taking up residence and keep your kitchen items fresh.
To help remove old odors, try lining the cabinets with paper or cork linings. You can also try using natural solutions to remove the stubborn smell.
Lastly, de-clutter your kitchen counters by mounting your calendar, phone, to-do lists and other informative items on the wall. You can also get a magnetic sorter box to hang on the side of the refrigerator for coupons, takeout menus, a notepad and pen or other papers that tend to accumulate on the countertops.
- Organize your items inside the cabinets
It’s not completely necessary to buy organizers, but if you have a little kitchen organization gadgets, they can help to reduce clutter and keep things in their place. Consider buying the following items for your cabinets: Utensil organizer, teacup/coffee cup hooks, canisters for dry goods, etc.
Lay out the items you plan to store. Arrange everything in stacks according to type.
Decide where each item should be stored. Cooking and baking pieces should be kept close to where you do food preparation. Utensils should be in the drawer nearest to the prep area as well. Glassware might be best near the sink or refrigerator. Make a coffee or tea station that includes sugars, mugs and filters and place it near the water source if possible.
3.Group Like Items and Storage
Group objects by purpose and assign them to specific cabinets.
Sort all your baking items, cooking items and other categories and keep them together in a specific place. Entertaining glassware and plates, holiday pieces and other seasonal items that only get used once or twice a year can all go in their own separate space as well.
Place dishes you use most often in accessible cabinets. Assess which items you use on a daily basis and pick a large, accessible cabinet to store them in. You probably want to choose a cabinet that is located over the counter, rather than below it, so you won’t have to bend over to reach the dishes you need most often. If your cabinets have multiple shelves, place your frequently used items on the bottom.
Store fine china and fragile items higher up. Your nice china, stemware, fragile casserole and serving dishes, and other such items should be carefully arranged higher up, out of easy reach. Or you might also choose to use glass-front cabinets to showcase your good china, antique bowls or even canisters filled with pasta.
Stack pots and pans in lower cabinets near the stove. In many cases the lower cabinets are perfect for pot and pan storage. Place the pots and pans you use most often in the lower cabinets that are easiest to reach.
4.Organizing Other Items
Appliances you use every day should probably be kept on the kitchen counter, (coffee maker, toaster, etc.) but you may have other occasionally-used items – a waffle iron, a juicer, a food processor, and so on – that you need to store in a cabinet. Place them in an out-of-the-way shelf or on top of the cabinets.
Kitchen essentials like can openers, potato peelers, microplates, and garlic presses are usually stored together in the same drawer.
Place cleaning supplies under the sink. The area under the sink is a convenient place to store everything you need to keep your kitchen spotless. Trash bags, cleaning solutions, rubber gloves, extra dish soap and detergent, extra sponges and so on can be found in this spot in many people’s homes.
Kitchen organization is not an easy task. Your personal work style will determine where you store and use the items in your kitchen, but the goal is to get that room and its contents to serve your needs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If you invest the time and energy into de-cluttering and organizing your kitchen, it is an investment that will certainly pay off. The best way to figure out how to organize your kitchen is to think about how you use it. Focus on making your cabinets functional, clean and attractive.
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