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The kitchen is probably the most important room of your home. A place of activity and centre of a family’s warmth. It’s important to keep them in check because they can easily devolve into a cluttered mess. This is why we made this guide for you. Mind that how and where you store your belongings depends on your personal style and how you use the kitchen, but we’ve broken down the process in a few general steps to make it easier on you. We also included a few tips and tricks to help you streamline your kitchen storage. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Step 1: Declutter the cabinets
Decluttering your cabinets is the first step in organising your kitchen. This could include categorising items or labelling shelves. Once you have your system in place, start implementing it. Empty all your kitchen cabinets and comb through the contents. Keep the items that are necessary and get rid of anything that is not used or is expired. Sort them by throwing out every broken or duplicate item you don’t need. Sometimes you’ll be surprised how much-unneeded stuff you keep. Just go through all the cabinets and put everything in it on the floor so you can see it well and sort it out easily. Leave enough room to store the items into two or three piles. The goal with this is to keep only the items you regularly use or really feel are special to you.
Step 2: Devise a system
Now that everything is on the floor, think about how to group these items. This will improve the cohesiveness of your system. For example – Group all the items you need for baking in one place; cutlery in another, plates in a third, and so on. With the plates and dishes, consider having an additional group for those which are for special occasions and thus rarely used.
Step 3: Implement the system
Containers will help prevent your cabinets from turning into a cluttered mess. Use them to group together things such as ingredients, sauce mixes, hot cocoa envelopes, gelating, etc. It’ll save you a lot of time and the cabinets won’t require decluttering as often. Drawer dividers can also serve this purpose well, especially for smaller packets. There is a lot of variety with them so it would be easy to find the exact one you need. Labels are also a great tool to use in your pantry. Make sure to label all the containers so you can quickly find what you need. This’ll help to keep your pantry organised and clutter-free. Adding a whiteboard to your pantry is a creative way to keep track of what’s in each container and when is their expiration date.
Step 5: Use vertical space
Walls can be used to share the burden of your cupboards and shelves. Put hooks under cabinets for things such as pots, pans, stirring utensils. Or why not for mugs too. This way you can use your favourite ones as decoration too. You can use sticky hooks on the inside of your pantry doors to hold small things like measuring cups or other cooking utensils. Any space you can use to hang something on will free horizontal storage space for the things you can’t hang.
Step 6: Clean and organise your fridge
Whenever you take out the trash, make time to clean your fridge as well. We tend to keep items that are no longer needed in the fridge for longer than advised. Cleaning the fridge takes a minimal amount of time, but it’s important. A good place for your trash bags is naturally near the bin. But here’s a trick. Strack a few of those over the other inside the rubbish bin. This way when you take out the old one, there’s already another ready to be used. Additionally, if you have a lot of different types of food in your fridge, it’s a great idea to make sure that each type of food is stored in its own container. This will help prevent any cross-contamination.
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Achieving a well-organised kitchen doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. By following these six easy steps, you can transform your chaotic culinary space into a haven of efficiency and functionality. Remember to start with decluttering, then categorise and prioritise items based on frequency of use. Utilise storage solutions like shelves, racks, and drawer dividers to maximise space utilisation. Labelling containers will keep everything in its designated place while adding visual appeal. Regular maintenance is essential for sustaining the organisation system you’ve created. And finally, don’t forget to embrace creativity and personalise your kitchen organisation journey according to your needs and preferences. As you embark on this transformative journey towards a more organised kitchen, remember that it’s not just about aesthetics but also about enhancing your overall cooking experience.
With an organised kitchen at hand, meal preparation becomes smoother, stress levels decrease, and the joy of creating delicious dishes is heightened. So why wait? Take charge of your kitchen chaos today by implementing these simple yet effective steps towards organisation bliss!