How to Organize a Kitchen
The kitchen is often the hub of the home. Knowing how to organize a kitchen is essential because a lot of traffic can flow through this area. The investment of your time in getting it organized will definitely save you time in the long run.
Ideas to consider when organizing your kitchen:
- If you have small children think about placing their plastic cups and plates on a reachable shelf. When you organize a kitchen you also need to make sure you have safety catches on the cupboards that contain dangerous items such as cleaning products.
- Make sure you have items you use every day in easy to access places. Think about where you stand to do certain things. While at the stove, is everything within an arm’s reach such as spices, stirring spoons, frypans etc? If standing at the sink can you reach gloves, detergent, brushes etc? Organize kitchen cupboards with this in mind.
- When you think about how to organize your kitchen,think about the physical characteristics of whoever uses the kitchen the most. Are they left or right handed? Tall or short? I am a short girl so like having most things in a lower cupboards. My husband, however, is tall and he is a much better cook than I. It has made it a little difficult to decide whose height gets priority.
- How do you like to work in the kitchen? Sitting or standing? Facing a window or the main living area? From the kitchen bench or an island work bench? When starting out in how to organize a kitchen, this could effect your design choices or where you place your most used tools for food preparation.
- How to organize a kitchen involves thinking about what uses it has. Do children do homework at the kitchen table? Does any office work get done here? Consider using one of the kitchen drawers to store a few basic stationary items. I do this anyway so I can prepare my menu plan and shopping list at the kitchen table. It also means as I run out of something, it is easy to add it to my shopping list.
- When you organize kitchen cabinets think about how much storage space do you need. Do you do small shops throughout the week or do you like to buy in bulk? This will affect the type of storage you need. At present I have the problem of too small storage jars for flour and breadcrumbs. This means I have half empty packets cluttering up my pantry and making a mess when I grab the wrong end of the bag! A stress creator? You bet! Get the right storage containers and this includes your fridge or freezer. Using a small fridge and overloading it means your food will spoil before you get to use it! Maybe you need some
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- Are items easy to find in your cupboards? The best way to overcome this is to either store items in height order or group them according to type. For example, little bottles of food colouring can easily get lost in a pantry. Store them all together in a shallow plastic tray or ice-cream container.
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The biggest deterrent of you actually getting your kitchen organized is you being overwhelmed by what you have to do. Don’t get overwhelmed because the task doesn’t have to be so big. You have your whole life to get organized. Organize kitchen cabinets one at a time. Or one shelf. And then go play a game outside with the kids. Remember this is a process. The important thing is you do something each day to build or maintain your home organization! This is not about being perfect. This is about giving you the tools to organize your family and so have more time for your family!
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