Organize your kitchen

Organize your kitchen

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by Rebecca McAloon

WCNC.com

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 10:02 AM

1.  Countertops 
-Keep your countertops fairly clear, the rule being to keep it out you must like it AND use it at least 3 times per week (hopefully more)
-These are things like a great all purpose cutting board, toaster, coffee maker, container of cooking utensils, mixer (if you use that often)...
-All other things should be put away! (But of course first ask the question do I need it at all...lots of kitchen machines do double duty!)

2.  Cabinets
-Always arrange low (used often) to high (not used often)
-If you have adjustable shelves (fantastic!!!) move them to create just the right space you need
-Keep like with like.  All kitchen machines in one place, everyday dishes in another, bakeware together, etc.
-Really think about where you naturally go to get something and put it there...if its in an awkward place or out of reach you won't use it.
-Think about how many of something you truly need and what kind of shape your current selection is in?? If you've run out of room, you have too much! I call this cleaning out the plastics cabinet;))

3.  Drawers
-Don't over-fill them or you'll never find what you need!
-Drawer organizers are great!
-Yes everyone's allowed a "Junk Drawer" and it's usually in the kitchen. I prefer to call it the "I Don't Know Where Else to Put This" drawer! The trick is clean out a bit or two every time you are in it (old batteries, end rolls of tape, etc.) that way it doesn't get over full and turn into an abyss!
-Low height drawers are a great to contain the ultra-kiddie stuff and give them access and resposibility to and for those things. ( swirly straws, special cups, snack bowls, etc.)

4.  Fridge, freezer, pantry
-Buy food more often, then you are more likely to keep up organization and use food items without just adding more things in front of older items.
-Organizational containers in the fridge and freezer can be helpful and stylish. They keep snack items or like items together, and make clean out days easier.
-The same rule applies to the pantry as it does to cabinets...lower (used often) higher (not used often)
-Consider switching out items from their original boxes/container to reusable jars or lidded containers...This might make them fit better.
-Fridge, Freezer or Pantry, make sure your can see everything so that you use everything. Again if it doesn't fit, you have too much! Food expires so make sure you are using...or periodically checking the expiration dates!

5.  Style it you;)
-This is your space, that is often the work/social hub of the house, meaning you spend a lot of time there.
-Make it look and feel good to you. Colorful placemats, photos of your family or places that you love, smell good plants or herbs, etc.
- Don't let that catch-all counter top get piled high with keys, permission slips, backpacks, mail, etc. Get some fun pretty containers, a bulletin board or similar and create yourself a kitchen "Command Central"...we all need one!
-It doesn't have to be elaborate or high end, just clean, functional, and full of your style and things that make you feel good!

 

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