Why should you take the time to learn how to organize your kitchen?
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where people tend to gather during parties, it is where you prepare meals for your family and friends and it can be a room you enjoy being in if you follow some simple tips to help you keep it organized.
Identify and Fix Hot Spots
Hot spots are areas in your home that seem to attract clutter and disorganization and a kitchen is full of them!
How to Organize Kitchen Counters
Kitchen counters are prime suspects for clutter. They get filled with mail and other papers, and overcrowded with small appliances and decorative accessories.
There are some simple things you can do to de-clutter your kitchen counters:
Place a basket near your entry door, or mount an organizer on the wall to hold the daily mail.
Reserve counter space only for appliances that are used every day. Appliances that are only used occasionally should be stored inside a cabinet or nearby closet.
Limit the number of decorative items you place on your counters. Your kitchen will look more beautiful if it is well organized. Bring any unnecessary decorative items to Clutter Central.
How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets can become cluttered, making it impossible to find what you need when you need it. Learn how to organize your kitchen cabinets and simplify your life.
First, remove everything from all of your cabinets. Spread the items out on the counters and a table, if necessary.
If you see anything that you simply never use bring it to Clutter Central. Since your cabinets are now empty, this would be a great time to give them a thorough cleaning.
Next, separate the items you use frequently from the items that you do not use very often.
The Items you don’t use as often should be placed in high cupboards or cupboards further away.
Last, separate the frequently used items into groups: pots and pans, mixing bowls, dinnerware, serving pieces, etc.
Put these items away in the most logical location depending upon their use:
Place pots and pans in a cabinet near the oven.
Place dinnerware in a cabinet near the table or entrance to the dining room.
You get the idea.
Remember to put heavier items in lower cabinets or on the lowest shelf of upper cabinets. The key is to make the most efficient use of your kitchen storage.
You can also take care in arranging cabinets that you use to store food items and organize your pantry.
How to Organize Kitchen Drawers
Having drawers in your kitchen can be a real luxury. Your use of drawers will depend on how many you have.
You will need a drawer for cutlery, which can easily be kept tidy using a cutlery organizer.
If you have a drawer near your food preparation area, I would suggest purchasing an in-drawer knife organizer. It will eliminate a knife block from your counter top and it will protect your knife blades – and your fingers when you reach for a knife inside the drawer.
Drawers can also be the perfect spot to store dish towels, food storage bags, plastic wraps and foils, serving utensils and any other small kitchen accessory you need to store.
Keep your kitchen drawers organized by following these guidelines:
Group similar items together.
Do not overstuff your drawers or you will never be able to find anything in them.
Store items in drawers located nearest to where the items will be used. Place knifes in a drawer near the food preparation area, place cutlery in a drawer near the table, etc.
Avoid the junk drawer!
Many people have a tendency to create a junk drawer for all of those little things that tend to gather in the kitchen. It starts off as a good idea, but a junk drawer can quickly turn into a disorganized disaster.
Do not rob yourself of valuable drawer storage by giving in to the junk drawer!
Assess the items you have in your junk drawer. Determine the best home for these items and put them there. If some items do not have an existing home, create one for them. Be persistent. The reward will be an organized kitchen.
Make it Efficient
Now that you have learned how to organize your kitchen, here are some tips you may want to consider to keep it running smoothly:
If you do a lot of cooking invest in a large chopping block. They are indispensable for making meal preparation more efficient. You can chop every ingredient in the recipe and place them in piles on the board where they will be ready and waiting for you when you need them.
Be sure to have a plastic or silicone cutting mat on hand to use when chopping meats. These mats can be placed in the dishwasher to sanitize them after use and you don’t have to worry about germs gathering on your wood board.
Consider placing all of your cooking utensils in a jar next to the oven. No more digging around in a drawer to find that spatula you are looking for.Everything is visible and within easy reach when you are cooking.
Reserve the cabinets around the stove for cooking-related items like measuring cups, spices, oils and seasonings. This way, if you need something while you are cooking you never have to walk away from the stove.
If you bake a lot, create a baking center in your kitchen. Keep all of your baking necessities together and place them as close to your preparation surface as possible.
As you go through the steps above to get your kitchen into tip top shape, take a few extra minutes to wipe out the insides of your cabinets and drawers while they are empty. Give the sink and the counters a good scrubbing and thoroughly wash the floor.
Now that you have completed a clean sweep and figured out how to organize your kitchen let’s talk about how you can keep it looking that way.
Keep your sink and counters clean daily. Place dirty dishes into the dishwasher or wash them immediately to keep them out of the sink.
Keep your counters cleared by returning items to their rightful homes and not letting them pile up in your kitchen.
While cleaning up after dinner, wipe your sink and counters with a disinfecting cleanser every night.
Keep your stove top clean by wiping it after each use.
At least once per week remove the burners and burner covers and give them a thorough cleaning.
A good way to clean your burners is to spray them thoroughly with oven cleaner, place them in a plastic bag and tie it tightly.
Leave them over night and rinse them off in the morning.
At least once per month clean your oven, or run the self-cleaning cycle
At least once per week, wipe down the outsides of all cabinets and drawers.
At least once per month wipe down the tops of your cabinets.
Keep the floor swept as often as necessary to keep it free from debris.
Wash the floor at least once per week.
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