Here are a few easy tips and simple solutions for organizing your kitchen.
- Remove your sponges from your sink area. They are breeders of bacteria. Put damp sponges in the microwave to sanitize them, and pot scrubbers in the dishwasher to sanitize and clean them. Put in a sponge caddy with holes for aeration that has suction cups on side of sink.
- Get a handle on recycling. Don't use unattractive bags, sacks, and boxes in your kitchen area. Use colored crates, cans, or stackables.
- Pots and Pans taking over. You can either purge the ones you really don't use, or add a separate mobile work station cart or wire racks that hang from ceiling.
- Pantry clutter. Take snack foods out of boxes and put in trays, containers, or baskets that are accessible for everyone. Put cereal in Rubbermaid containers.
- Use round two tier spinner racks for similar items. For example, jelly's, honey, syrup on one. Oils, vinegar, and bottled jars on another.
- Instead of letting your Tupperware fall everywhere place the lids into bins with handles for easy pull out. Put the round ones together, and the rectangle and square ones together.
- Use task lighting underneath your cabinets. These are fantastic, and you can purchase them anywhere with easy install.
- The paper clutter. This is one of the worst problems in the kitchen, the best remedy is to go through it as soon as it comes in and recycle what is not needed. Have a file system set-up that you can place mail that you want to keep. You can also use a message cork board for important mail and a chalk board for family messages. To get the clutter off of the counters, put mail that needs immediate attention with payment due dates written in red sharpie on the outside of the envelope and place in a letter basket. Once paid, it can be filed. Keep an expandable file to put your receipts in as soon as you walk in to your house.
- Utensil overload. Again, go through your gadgets and get rid of items you have never used, maybe a friend or relative would use them. Use drawer organizers and put utensils that you use to bake with in a drawer, eating utensils in another, and cooking essentials in a decorative holder on your counter. Also use small zip-lock baggies for small items in drawers.
- Also keep storage items together in an area that you wrap items. Foil, plastic wrap, zip-locks.
- Remove rarely used appliances and put in a pantry or basement.
- Throw out anything that is expired...period!
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