From Bedlam to Brilliance – 5 Kitchen Organizing Tips as the Holiday Season Approaches
Good Time to Organize This Space!
Can you believe it’s the middle of November already? Where have the last 11 months gone? Since the holidays are fast approaching, now is a great time to get your kitchen organized. Even if you are not planning to use it a lot in the coming months, this is still a good time to organize this particular room in your house.
Having a kitchen that is well organized, stocked with healthy foods and free of nutritionally deficient ones is important if you want to upgrade the quality of food that you and/or your family are eating. In addition, an organized kitchen will make it easier for you to prepare quality, nutritious meals.
Here are five (5) tips to help you declutter and organize your kitchen, and keep it that way.
- Store items near where you use them. Store your dishes and utensils near the dishwasher. Store your pots, pans, and bake ware near the stove and oven. Make sure all containers you use to store leftovers have bottoms and lids that fit together. Discard chipped dishes, glasses, mugs, etc., and bottoms that don’t have lids and lids that don’t have bottoms..
- Arrange like with like in your pantry closet or cupboards. Keeping like with like will make it easier to know how much of an item you have and if you need to buy more. For example, keep all your pastas on a shelf, your soups on another shelf, and your condiments on a 3rd shelf. Also, keep your plastic storage bags together by size. Discard any food that has expired.
- Keep masking tape and a Sharpie near your leftover containers and/or plastic bags. This allows you to easily label every leftover with the date and contents. Store leftovers in one place in the refrigerator. This will help you throw out food that has gotten too old and can also act as a reminder to go through your refrigerator and cabinets for any other old food items.
- Store extra plastic bags in one larger plastic bag or a container. Having all the bags in one spot makes it easier to find them when you are in a hurry and to recycle them if you don’t want to use them.
- Keep counters clear. Store seldom-used appliances in another area of the house (e.g., a shelf in a basement, hallway closet or garage). This will give you more counter space to prepare meals.
Making some simple changes can help you get the most out of your time in the kitchen. You will be more efficient by keeping things where you use them. You will save money by not making duplicate and triplicate purchases or by not eating out all the time. You’ll get more help from family members with meal preparation and clean-up because they’ll also know where things are stored.
Is there anything you can do to make your kitchen more organized?
This is Your Time to Go From Bedlam to Brilliance!
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