Fifteen Tips for a More Organized Kitchen
January 18, 2010
Whether you're a top chef or a weekend kitchen warrior, a well-organized space can make a world of difference. With these simple tricks, you can make the most of your time in the kitchen.
- Save money on a pricey spice rack by organizing spices in uniform jars with labeled tops and storing them in a convenient drawer.
- Have a rack above the oven range for your most used items like salt and pepper, cooking oil, and kitchen timers
- Keep flour and sugar within reach, whether on the counter or in an easy-to-reach cupboard.
- Your favorite kitchen utensils should also be within easy reach. Cooking utensils can be arranged in a canister on the counter, while forks, knives, and spoons can be organized in a cutlery tray in a drawer.
- Install slide-out cabinet organizers to keep your pots, pans, and lids in order. No more rummaging through stacks of cookware!
- Group your take-out and delivery menus together in a binder, organized by type of cuisine.
- Food storage containers can be labeled with dry erase markers for easy identification.
- Organize the junk drawer by placing all those tiny, loose items like screws, thumbtacks, and rubber bands into empty votive candles or similar small containers.
- In a hurry in the mornings? Keep your breakfast essentials--toaster, juicer, coffee maker--grouped together for simplicity's sake.
- Use large baskets to hold items like cutting boards that don't always fit into cupboards.
- A bread bin will not only keep all of your bread in one place, but will also keep it fresher.
- Use your available wall space for racks or hooks to keep dishtowels, pots, and pans within your sight.
- Things tend to get lost in deep shelving. To solve this nuisance, use small baskets to hold like items together.
- Streamline the recycling area with bins for different types of recycling, as well as for your regular trash, grouped together.
- Labeling the leftovers in your fridge can make cleaning out the refrigerator a simpler task. Just write the date on the container when you place it in the fridge, and later you'll know when to throw it out.
A well-organized kitchen can be a joy to cook in, and you just might find it saves time, as well. Treat yourself to a clutter-free kitchen and see what you can whip up in your new space!