Keeping your pantry neat and organized is a must when trying to organize your kitchen. Try taking a day to pull everything out and check expiration dates. Pitch anything that is outdated or that you are not going to ever use. Store all baking supplies in clearly labeled containers with lids that seal well. Having everything in categories like baking, breakfast, quick meals and cans can make finding items a lot faster and easier.
-Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place as soon as you finish using it. Keep all of your mixers, toasters in a central location that has plenty of space and easy to grab when you are ready to use them. It may be easier when trying to organize your kitchen to use labels inside the cabinet to help you and your family remember where each item needs to go. Make sure that you put each item back in its home immediately after using it. Soon enough you won’t have to think about it anymore…..you will have developed a new habit. 🙂
-Take time each week to clean and organize your refrigerator and freezer. There is nothing more time consuming than digging in the fridge every 5 minutes to find a missing item. Pick a day that works best for you and quickly pull everything out and wipe it down. Keep all your condiments in one centralized location like in the door or on a Lazy Susan in your fridge. These items can tend to get scattered all over your fridge making it hard to find other items. Keeping leftovers on the same shelf in clear easily identified containers will make it easier to find and helps keep waste down. Nobody likes to find a leftover science project in the back of the fridge!
Keeping your refrigerator door cleaned off and cabinets wiped down can do wonders for making your kitchen look better. Try organizing your notes or children’s artwork in another room of the house. It is beautiful but can make your kitchen look a little less tidy. Try hanging them in old picture frames in the living room for a beautiful display. If you wipe up spills that have made their way onto your counters and cabinets immediately it will take you half the time to clean them up. It’s much easier than letting the gunk dry and then trying to scrub it off.
-World renowned chefs have said many times over the years that it is important to create “stations” in your kitchen. What this does is groups items together that you would use for certain tasks and keeps you from walking back and forth across your kitchen a million times. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Cutting station – Keep items in here that you use when cutting, chopping or dicing. This station is best located near your sink and trash can. Items like knives, food processor, cutting boards and grating utensils.
- Baking station – You baking station should be kept near your stove and house items like your baking pans, mixing bowls, spatulas and measuring cups keeping everything close and ready for all your baking needs.
- Cooking station – This one is another that is best kept near your stove. You can store all of your pans, baking dishes, spoons, spatulas and pot holders here and ready to go.