We all know how frustrating it can get when you’re cooking and can’t find half of the stuff you need! Kitchen is a mess and guests are expected to come in just a few hours. The clock is ticking, and the food is not preparing on its own. As we’ve been in this situation ourselves, we decided to give you a few tips on how to optimally organize your kitchen and not have to look for that specific pot ever again!
No matter how big or small your kitchen is, the key to a good meal preparation is a clean and well-organized space that’s easy to use. We gathered these 10 ideas to help inspire you in creating just that.
The first and the most important step is to declutter your kitchen! This means that you need to empty out the cabinets and drawers of everything that you’re not using and is just unnecessarily taking up a lot of space. Maybe there are some old gadgets that are not serving you anymore, expired food buried deep in the back of the cabinets, empty boxes and so on...Once you get rid of all this, you will see that you have much more room than you thought.
2 Containers and labels
If you don’t already have a bunch of containers (preferably see-through), our advice is to invest in buying some because they will definitely help you with your kitchen organization. This way you will make the best use of the cupboard space. You will need different sizes for different food items. Of course, all of them need to be labeled clearly so that it’s easy to spot them right away. Those used more often should be put in the front, and the ones you use periodically should be placed in the back.
3 Store by use and similarity
Same as the containers, all gadgets, dishes and other utensils in the kitchen should be stored by frequency of use. Also, it would be great to have separate drawers and/or cabinets for different items. For example, one where you keep your fancy china, one with silverware, one for the pots and pans and so on. Gadgets you use on a daily basis, a blender for example, should be out and ready to use at all times, while others should be stored away until you need them.
4 Create extra space
If you have a smaller kitchen, you might want to consider installing additional shelves on the wall or some hooks where you can hang pots and other cooking utensils. It might not give the best appearance to the kitchen, but the benefit of this is that the most frequently used things are in plain sight and within hand’s reach. Also, you can maximize the cabinet storage with a rolling shelf system and make the best use of drawers with drawer dividers.
5 Sort your spices
Unorganized spices are a real nightmare because they can create mess in no time! Rotating trays, or so called Lazy Susans, can be of huge help in the “spice department”. This way, you won’t have to dig through everything just to find one particular item. Another suggestion is to make DIY magnetic spice holders. All you will need is some hot glue, tiny jars or other small containers with lids, and, well...magnets. There are many other ways to organize your spices, get creative and have some fun with it!
6 Clean out the fridge
Don’t forget about one of the most important appliances in your kitchen! The fridge should be kept clean and well-organized so that you don’t have to deal with unpleasant odors and sticky surfaces. You should check regularly for any expired food items that may be forgotten in the back of the fridge, and throw them out right away.
It will definitely be a whole lot easier to keep your fridge neat if everything is nicely sorted and in its place. To achieve that, you might want to consider getting some plastic baskets and labeling them. You can also cover your fridge shelves with some plastic wrap and just change it once it gets dirty.
7 Make a cooking pin board
Another fun thing to add to your kitchen and make your daily routine easier. You can pin the recipes you are considering for tomorrow’s lunch, list of items you need to buy, daily meal plans for your kids and so on. It’s useful and decorative! Alternative to this is a simple whiteboard and some colorful markers.
8 Give measuring cups and spoons their own place
Find a separate place for the measuring cups and spoons. Since you use them for cooking, it’s best if they are all in one place and easy to reach at all times.
9 Take advantage of the cabinet doors
If you’re lacking some extra room in the kitchen, use the inside of the cabinet doors. You can install hooks on them, or simply hang see-through pocket organizers. It won’t mess up the kitchen aesthetics and you’ll save some space.
10 Create a cooking zone
Make sure there is a specific part of the kitchen where you’ll be doing the meal preparation. All the cooking utensils should be placed close by so that you don’t make a mess and save yourself time and energy. Also, the counter area should be spacious enough, and if this is a problem in your small kitchen, try temporarily putting a large cutting board over the sink. When you’re done, just wash it and store it away.
Did you learn something new?
It’s likely that you’ve heard of some of these tips before, regardless, we hope that we managed to inspire you to start decluttering and organizing. There are so many things you can do to make your everyday life easier, and why not start with one of the rooms you most often use? It might seem like a lot of work in the beginning, but it will surely save you some time in the long run, plus, it will make the cleaning process a lot easier.
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