How to Organize a Kitchen
In order to learn how to organize a kitchen properly, first you want to setup zones or centers of activity:
1. Preparation Area
2. Cooking Center
3. Eating Area
4. Clean Up Area
The location of your major appliances will determine what will go where.
Put everything into categories and keep “like” things together.
Put all the baking goods like flour, sugar and baking soda on one shelf, canned goods on another, jars on another.
Keep small packets (seasoning, gravy, sauces, Kool-Aid, Jell-O) together in a basket or box for easy access.
Spices should be as close to the stove as possible but not so they'll be damaged by the heat. Spices generally lose their flavor in six months to a year.
Use turntables or graduated stair steps and organize them alphabetically so you can easily find what you're looking for!
Be sure to store frequently used items in easy-to-reach locations. Stash seldom-used items such as champagne glasses and fancy serving dishes on high shelves.
What about all those recipes? If you're learning how to organize a kitchen, you should organize your recipes as well. Let me show you how …
- Store your dishes and glassware close to the sink or dishwasher so you can easily put them away.
- Find drawer trays that fit your drawers to keep things tidy and in order within drawers.
- Pots and pans, pot holders, spoons and spatulas (a utensil jar or crock container works well for the latter) should be near your stove and oven.
- Put all your plastics in one area and get rid of any that are stained or missing lids (or bottoms!).
- Pyrex baking dishes, cookie sheets, muffin tins and pie plates should be grouped together in one cupboard.
- Mixing bowls and measuring cups could be in another cupboard.
- Dish towels and dishrags should be stored in a drawer near the sink.
- Keep in mind when organizing your kitchen that small appliances should live as close as possible to where you're going to use them. Heavy appliances should be located where you can easily retrieve them.
- Appliances and gadgets that you rarely use should be stored elsewhere, like in the garage or basement or even the guest room closet. And think twice before buying new gadgets to be sure you truly need them.
- If you buy in bulk, designate an area in your garage, linen closet or under the stairs as your warehouse. Keep just a few of each of those bulk items in your kitchen and store the rest elsewhere. Buy more only when your warehouse supplies are running low.
There, don't you feel great? You now have a kitchen where even your kids won't mind doing the dishes (well, we can always hope!).
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