One of the most used areas in the house is the kitchen. This is why most people believe that if your kitchen is properly organized and easy to navigate, your life will feel much easier. Your family life would also flow more smoothly regarding meal preparation, cooking, and serving. It may be challenging to organize your kitchen daily, but you should do it occasionally. The following are easy steps to keep and maintain an orderly kitchen.
1. Empty All The Kitchen Cabinets
Remove all items inside each cabinet and place them on a table or the floor. Go through the items and discard broken items, no longer used, or items you forgot you had. Do this for each drawer setting up separate areas on the table/floor with each drawer and cabinet. Only try to spare things since most kitchens are short on storage, and the goal is to create as much space as possible. Only keep the essential items and those that you require and use often.
2. Put Similar Items Together
This comes after you’ve emptied all the cabinets and drawers, discarded the useless items, and left with what you need. Consider what is best in terms of grouping and arranging. Sort your cooking items and pile them together. Please do the same to all your baking items and put them separately. Group all your utensils strategically, for instance, glassware, dishes you eat daily, and holiday or other seasonal items that get used once or twice a year. This will make accessing items you regularly need easier without mixing with those not needed often.
3. Organize And Place The Sorted Items Into Drawers And Cabinets
After grouping all your items and laying the piles on the table/floor, it’s time to decide where each item should be stored. Baking and cooking pieces should be stored in drawers or cabinets near where food preparation is done. Put utensils near the food preparation area, also. Store glassware near the refrigerator or sink. Create a tea or coffee station with mugs, filters, and sugar and place it near the water source if possible. Doing so prevents you from going back and forth across the kitchen for items you need to prepare your morning beverage.
4. Store Items In Clear Containers
Containers streamline the inside of your cabinets. Group items like hot cereal packets, gravy mixes, hot cocoa envelopes, and sauce packets and put them in plastic containers to prevent them from getting scattered all over the cabinet.
5. Store Containers With Their Lids
Throw away containers that do not have lids and store the remaining plastic containers with the lids on them or store the lids in a larger container. Do the same with lids for pots and pans.
6. Clean Out The Refrigerator
Remove everything in your fridge and clean it. Throw away items that are no longer needed or have gone bad. Arrange the remaining items keeping in mind what items should be placed where and which ones need to be wrapped before storage. This will create more space in your refrigerator. For instance, cooked food should always be covered and stored at the top most shelf.