Starting Fresh in 2018 - Organizing your Kitchen

Now that you've tackled your bedroom, it's time to tackle another part of your house...the kitchen! My mother always said a cluttered kitchen would make your whole place feel overwhelming. 


1. Decluttering 

Kitchens tend to have more kinds of clutter than other rooms: mixers, blenders and other wedding-registry items, gadgets you bought from TV infomercials, knife sets, and so on. Start by using the box method to weed out the kitchen tools you never use, reevaluate whether you really need more than the essential items in your kitchen, get rid of the spices that have already expired, reorganize your pantry, and empty out your freezer at least twice a year. 


2. Space-Saving, Uniform, See-Through Containers

One of the biggest contributors to clutter is mismatched food storage containers. You only need a few types of food storage containers to maximize the amount of space you have in your cupboards. I prefer square and rectangular containers that stack up well. I also recommend organizing your spices with cleanly labeled, identical containers, try a magnetic spice rack or arranged in jars in a cute periodic table of spices.

3. Make Use of the Back of Your Cabinet Doors

The inside of your cabinet door is wasted space. You can paint the inside of the doors with blackboard or whiteboard paint to keep a running grocery list and meal plan. You can store pot covers on the back with cheap hooks, build a knife block into the back of the door, hold cutting boards in a magazine rack on the door, and pretty much mount anything to the back for easy access. 


4. Create Kitchen Work Zones

Have you heard about the kitchen work triangle, the triangular layout between fridge, oven, and sink that makes it easy for a cook to move about the kitchen? It’s helpful to think of your kitchen in work zones: food storage, dishware storage, cleanup, prep, and cooking zone. Store items according to their zone. If you have more than one person cooking the meal, you might want create a second prep zone. You can add a baking zone or other zones so everything is organized and kept in the right places.


5. Store Things Logically

And now the most important point: Have a place for everything and everything in its place. Things you use most should be easiest to reach, while you can put items you hardly use higher up in the cabinets. Group your items next to the tools you use most with them.

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