Do you spend a lot of your time in the kitchen? Well, this might just be your own fault. Keeping a disorganized kitchen can really stress you out. Being the most trafficked area in your home, a properly organized kitchen can be easy and fun to use. You can also avoid dangerous scenarios such as food poisoning by merely keeping a well-organized kitchen.
Keep reading as we take you through 5 easy ways to keep your kitchen organized.
1. Regularly clean your kitchen
Regularly conduct thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Always dust your cabinets, walls and kitchen appliances when cleaning. Use a soapy, clean and dry cloth when washing your cabinet and countertops and often and mop and sweep the kitchen floor. Additionally, keep your dishes and appliances in a dust-free area.
Never forget to clean your refrigerator starting with removing everything from the drawers. Clean the drawers and the shelves using warm, soapy water and a clean cloth. Alternatively, clean the removable parts using an all-purpose cleaning spray.
2. De-clutter your kitchen
This is probably one of the most important ways of keeping an organized kitchen. You should never keep items you don’t intend to use. Regularly check your pantry or fridge for expired foodstuffs that cannot be eaten anymore.
Use the same logic on your kitchen appliances and other kitchen items such as pans, pots, plates, and spoons. Plastic containers without lids or plastic lids without containers should be thrown away. Alternatively, you can donate or sell any appliance occupying unnecessary space.
3. Properly store items
It’s paramount that you have a place for everything. Start by placing items you intend to use the most in easy to reach places and the ones you hardly use further up in the cabinet. Also, group the tools you regularly use together next to each other such as a baking pan with baking ingredients.
Don’t forget that foods in the fridge should be appropriately arranged. Most refrigerators have ideal spots for storing different food types. For example; keep dairy foodstuffs in the upper shelf due to constant temperature and raw meat at the bottom shelf to avoid dripping of juices onto other foods. You can also use a ‘first-in-first-out’ rule in your fridge to make sure food is not wasted.
4. Set up kitchen work zones
Dividing your kitchen into several activity zones such as the triangular layout will make it easier for you when preparing meals and retrieving items. You might have more than one prep zone if you regularly cook with a partner.
You can set up the following sections:
- Cooking station centered close to your stove and is where you keep all cooking utensils.
- Food prep station where you prepare dishes. Remember to keep food preparation items such as knives, pans and cutting boards nearby.
- Coffee/Tea spot where you occasionally prepare coffee or tea.
- Baking station
- Serving station where you serve your food.
4. Use drawer dividers and well-labeled containers
Use dividers, wire racks or labeled plastic containers to keep your dishes, cutlery and spices in an easily accessible space. Also, it is essential you use clearly marked storage containers where you store sugar, flour or salt. This will help you easily locate foodstuffs and avoid unnecessary accidents such as freezer burns in case you haven’t marked your plastic freezer bags.
Did that sort you out? Always keep in mind that your kitchen is your home’s and properly organizing it will take you a little planning. Just follow these surefire tips to keep things moving orderly in your kitchen.