- CONQUER CLUTTER: If it doesn’t belong in the kitchen, isn’t being used, isn’t needed, is broken, or is something you don’t like, it’s CLUTTER! Go through each cabinet and evaluate which items are taking up space but not being used. Consider donating, selling, or giving items away that are in good shape. Toss or recycle items that are broken or worn out.
- CREATE ZONES: Store items in zones according to the functions they support (i.e. food prep, cooking, baking, food storage). Doing this will help you locate items quickly, avoid criss-crossing around the kitchen to gather tools and supplies, and will help everyone in the family know where things go.
- CATEGORIZE: Sort your food cabinets or pantry into categories (i.e. drinks, snacks, condiments, dry goods). Know what you have and avoid wasting money on duplicate purchases and having to toss expired food!
- CONTAINERS: Store small items like herbs and spices, snack bars, or cake decorating tools in containers to keep shelves tidy, allow for stacking and prevent items from tumbling. Use clear plastic or mesh containers so you remember what is in there.
- CLEAR COUNTERS: Keep countertops clear to allow for food prep and cooking. If you aren’t able to use your kitchen, you’re more likely to eat out or order in. Stay healthy this year by cooking more meals at home.
- COMMUNICATE: If the kitchen is the central hub for the family as it is in many households, create a Command, Control and Communication Center. Collect and process the family’s incoming mail and papers from school & work. Keep a reference binder for schedules, rosters, important contacts, and local restaurants. Display a household calendar that marks important events.
Next, I LOVED this vidcast by Professional Organizer Susan Stewart of Perfectly Placed on how she organizes her refrigerator and pantry. LOADS of great tips and ideas here friends:
Wow, right? There’s a lot in there!
I really loved Susan’s handled clear containers for all of her baking needs.
So what are your tips for the kitchen? What works for you?
Have a great day!