For those of us with very busy lifestyles, when we are at home, we need to be able to do everything we need to do as fast as we can, including preparing our meals for our family. This is why it is important for us to keep our kitchen organized and efficient. Take a look around your kitchen. What do you see? Do you see half empty bottles of condiments? Unused utensils? Plates and pots all at the same place? Then it’s time to organize your kitchen.
First things first, go through your entire kitchen starting with all surfaces. Go through all the stuff that seems to be on ‘display’. It may be decorative candles or artificial flowers, or a condiments tray left at the table. Whatever it is, always keep in mind, if it’s not needed on top of your sink or counters take it out. Next, open all your cabinets, drawers, pantry even your refrigerator. Get rid of any stuff that’s broken, expired or spoilt. Sometimes we don’t realize how much we tend to accumulate, and the best way to start organizing your kitchen is to de-clutter.
Next, look around and determine your work space. When you are preparing your dish and cooking, do you constantly need to go out of your way to get ingredients? Do your kitchen activities flow smoothly? If not, then you need to plot your space better. Store the utensils you use according to their activity. For example, store your chopping board, knives, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, etc. near your prep area. While your cooking area should have your pots, pans, cooking spoons and everything else you need for cooking handy. Organizing your kitchen according to your workflow can do wonders in making a kitchen more efficient.
Now that you’ve de-cluttered your kitchen and organized it according to your workflow, you can now start working on your storage space. You’ve already determined which utensils will go into which storage space based on your workflow, now we need to determine how we can maximize these storage spaces. You’d be surprised at how much you can actually store in your cabinets and drawers by using the right shelving and organizers. Use cutlery trays for your drawers. This way, you don’t need to rummage in your drawer trying to find the right tool. Plus, if you store knives in your drawer, not only are your fingers safe from getting cut, but it makes your knife blades last longer because this kitchen organizer prevents it from hitting and rubbing against other knives. Another is you can double the storage space of each cabinet by putting in pull out double shelves. Double shelves may be easily installed inside existing cabinets and allows you to keep everything you need by doubling up the storage space inside, without investing in another set of cabinets. Remember, organizing your kitchen does not mean investing in new fixtures, it may mean simply enhancing your existing ones so they can function better.
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