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How to Organize a Kitchen

In order to effectively organize a kitchen, there are several things that must be accomplished. Often the central “hub” of any home, everything in a kitchen should have its own space so you can find what you need quickly and efficiently.

First, designate various areas of the kitchen according to the activities frequently performed there.

For example, if there are specific areas of your kitchen that are always used for certain activities (meal preparation, baking, serving, etc,) organize these spaces based on the function you use them for most often.

In order to do this, plan ahead! Schedule a realistic timeframe where you can organize your kitchen based on the various areas and the functions performed there.

Tackle the major areas first and consider your various habits when organizing the kitchen. Determine where glasses, dishware, utensils and other kitchenware should be placed based on how often you use them.

After you’ve mapped out a plan of action, it’s time to begin sorting through the mess.

Sorting

Once you are aware of where everything in the kitchen should go, you can begin sorting through the clutter.

Remove everything from the drawers and cabinets and organize them into piles (cookware in one, Tupperware in another, etc.) If you notice any broken or damaged items, toss them! Give away extra utensils, dishware and other things that have never been used but don’t have a place in your kitchen.

Organize your refrigerator and pantry the same way. Eliminate expired, spoiled or rotten food and create an inventory of food you will consume.

To keep from stockpiling excess food, review your food supplies once a week to figure out what you need from the grocery store. If you have food sitting in your pantry from months ago that hasn’t expired just yet, move them to the front of the refrigerator or pantry and make it a point to use it up first.

Find a Home for Everything

The old saying “A place for everything, and everything in its place” certainly holds true when it comes to organizing a kitchen!

Items that go together should be grouped together according to the area you’ll frequently use them. For example, pots, pans and other cooking utensils should be placed near the stove so you will be able to access them quickly.

Baking items should be placed in your designated baking area, including measuring cups, baking spoons and mixing bowls.

Organize your other kitchen items according to where they will be easily reached when needed. Food and groceries should be stored together so you don’t have to search for it when you need or want it.

Instruct your family how to maintain the “new” kitchen, and show them how simple it is to locate something now that everything has a place.

By organizing your kitchen according to your designated activity areas while ensuring every item has a logical place to call home, you are saving time and work!

Now, you can find what you need quickly and efficiently without sorting through chaos.