5 Tips on Organizing a Kitchen
Organizing a Kitchen Even the most organized people seem to lose interest when it comes to organizing a kitchen. This is because it’s difficult to keep things organized when you’re cooking. You might just grab a handful of basil...
Even the most organized people seem to lose interest when it comes to organizing a kitchen. This is because it’s difficult to keep things organized when you’re cooking. You might just grab a handful of basil leaves to add to your pasta and leave the rest on the counter. When it comes to putting them back, you might just stuff them into the refrigerator without bothering to put them in a plastic bag or box first. Or you might grab some salt or spices from a shelf and leave them on the counter because you have to start stirring your sauce right away. In this way, a lot of things get left lying around. Some of them might never make it back to their original spots. Others might get put back in different spots, thus changing the organization of your kitchen completely. Is there any way to make sure that your kitchen stays organized? Here are a few tips:
- Keep Things Accessible. When you’re working in a kitchen, it’s a good idea to keep the things you need the most easily accessible. So, for example, if you make a lot of bread, keep your flour, your kneading bowl and the other ingredients you might use for making bread more easily accessible. This means keeping them on a lower shelf or at the front of a cabinet. Think about what you generally use the most and arrange your kitchen accordingly.
- Get Rid of Excess. There’s not much point holding on to things that you haven’t used in ages. These just tend to take up space and prevent you from getting new things that you really want to get. For example, if your best friend gave you a salad spinner you rarely use or a set of cups that’s too big for your daily needs, give these away and get the blender or the small set of cups that you really want. If you haven’t used an item in six months, chances are you’re not going to do so in the future. This is particularly applicable to dried spices which last 1-3 years. It might even be a good idea to throw them out after a year because they lose flavor as they get older.
- Get Everything Together Before You Start Cooking. Sometimes, kitchens get disorganized because you start hunting for things after you’ve already started cooking. So you need to find them in a hurry before you burn something. You might open 2-3 boxes before you find what you’re looking for. And since you’re rushing, you don’t have time to put boxes 1 and 2 back, even though you don’t really need them. Instead, it makes sense to go through the recipe, either in your mind or on paper and get everything ready so that you don’t have to mess up your whole kitchen while you cook. Similarly, take a few minutes to put everything away when you’re done.
- Use Decorative Bottles and Boxes for Storage. One way to trick yourself into organizing your kitchen more is by using decorative bottles and boxes. There are a variety of organizational tools available out there, made from stainless steel, plastic or glass. They come in different colors and patterns. You can even mix and match the same type of storage container but in different sizes. A row of glass jars on a shelf with a vase of flowers thrown into the middle makes a pretty addition to any kitchen.
- Get the Basics. Sometimes, people have very fancy items in their kitchens, such as electric salt and pepper mills. But they might be missing something very basic like a dish drainer. Make sure you have all the basics—a good set of pots and pans, some stirring spoons, a chopping board, a good set of knives, cleaning supplies, a nice set of plates and cutlery, napkins, boxes and bottles for storage, salt and pepper shakers, a coffee maker if you drink coffee, a blender if you tend to make blended beverages, an apron, a set of wineglasses etc. If your kitchen is missing something basic, go ahead and get it now. It may not be an exciting purchase, like that pasta machine with the help of which you can finally make your own pasta, but it’ll be a lot more useful.
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