Your kitchen is one of the busiest areas in your home. For most women, it's where the magic happens – turning simple market finds into sumptuous meals. As the case may be, your kitchen is also home to your many pots, pans, containers, etc. While all these kitchen tools and equipment are necessary to make great meals, it can be quite challenging to keep them all organized. Follow these easy steps to have a well-organized kitchen so that your everyday cooking is hassle-free.
Remove Everything First
Organizing is easier when you start with a clean slate. Remove everything from your cabinets. Lay it all out on your kitchen table. Do not get overwhelmed with the voluminous stack of tools and equipment you'll have after emptying your cabinets. We all have a great deal more of this stuff than we realize. Perform the next steps and all those items will disappear in a few minutes.
Sort. Decide what you can do without.
Often, our kitchen cabinets are filled with various items that we do not really need anymore. Many of us are guilty of keeping rusted tin pans and containers, old jars, and broken utensils. Now that you have it all right in front of you, decide on what you need and do not need anymore. Throw away (or donate, if possible) all items that you will not be using anymore. This will definitely give you more space in your cabinets.
Arrange according to type and usage
Arrange your items according to type. Gather plates in one place, pots and pans in another. Make sure that your kitchen items are grouped together according to type. Keeping the large and small plates in the same location helps family members find things when mom's not around. The same goes for bowls. Try to place your dishes close to the dishwasher for convenience when putting things away. Often pots and pans can go in bottom cabinets. Glasses should go close to the sink so it's easy to get a drink of water. Place cups closer to the coffee pot.
It's also a good idea to sort your kitchen items according to how often use them. In those high or remote cabinets, you can store pots, pans and dishes that you do not use very often. We all have turkey roasters and platters that only get used a couple of times each year so be sure to put those in out-of-the-way locations.
If you have a lot of little kitchen items and gadgets, it's a good idea to purchase small cabinet organizers to reduce clutter and keep things in place. Drawer organizers for utensils are inexpensive and keep things tidy. The office supply section of your local department store will have many types of plastic organizer trays. These are great for bottle openers, ice cream scoops, ladles, etc. Use canisters for some food items like flour, sugar, and biscuit mix. Make sure that these containers are air-tight to maintain freshness and prolong the shelf life of your food items. Large-mouted glass jars are great for rice, pasta and beans.
Put Things Back
Now that you have your kitchen fully organized, encourage your family to put things back where they found them. You can put little sticky notes on items left out that say cute things like:
“I was left on the counter. Please help me find my way home.” This is a fun way to teach your family to put things away. The whole house stays more comfortable and less cluttered when everyone does their part.