Are you excited to start organizing your kitchen? Ready to begin a healthy journey of cooking healthy meals to your family? Before you do, check out the tips below when organizing a kitchen:
1. Set a Theme. If you are going to organize your kitchen from scratch and you’ll be buying new items to add, then make sure to set a theme. Why? Having a theme will make it easier for you to group different items in the kitchen as well as choose items you’ll need for the kitchen. Some themes, include minimalism styles and modern kitchens. Having a theme is also helpful if you want to set the mood in your kitchen – if you like organic ingredients then maybe using green towels and placemats will add an organic vibe into your kitchen. Use bright but light to the eye colors to start a healthy day in the kitchen.
2. Compartmentalize. The key in keeping your kitchen clean and organized is compartmentalizing! If you maximize the compartments available in your kitchen, this will lead to less items scattering all over unwanted areas in the kitchen. As much as compartments can be a bit bureaucratic-like, they are quite useful especially if you many small items such as ginger, onion and chili.
3. Group According To Frequency of Usage. Most homeowners spend a lot of time in the kitchen just by cooking and cleaning alone. Some items such as knife and towels are usually used more frequently used so it’s best to keep them in a storage or area where they can be easily accessed to avoid having more clutter in the kitchen.
4. Safety is the Key. The kitchen is filled with many things sharp and unsafe, especially for children. So better keep the knives on a covered wooden holder, the sharp forks away from children’s reach. For cleaning items, keep them on a separate and covered area to avoid spilling into other items especially food items.
5. Keep it Fresh. If it is suitable to your location, open a window when cooking to let the fumes out, put out air fresheners on different areas to keep the air fresh. Dispose the trash bins daily and always wash the sponges after using. Keeping everything clean will keep all other items in your kitchen as fresh as a new day.
6. Use a Towel and A Dryer. If you’re washing the dishes and want to put them in a closed storage, it’s better to air dry them using a rack just above the sink. Having a dish rack will make it easier for you to dry your items before putting them in a closed storage. Other than a dish rack, you can also a towel for drying washed items.
7. Maintain An Inventory. An inventory? Why? Most often, people open up all storage areas just to look for one item. Keeping an inventory will make it easier for you to look for a specific item that’s just in your kitchen. This will also help you identify which items you need to purchase in your next grocery run.
8. Stack Up On Some Items. Non-perishable items, especially cleaning items such as baking soda, alcohol, tile cleaner, dishwashing liquid are items which you usually cannot easily detect the frequency of usage so it will be helpful if you buy a stack of them and keep them in the storage. In that manner, you won’t have to worry if you run out of any during the middle of the night or in the middle of cooking.
9. Choose Quality Over Quantity. When buying items, especially food, containers and small storages – it’s best to choose items of high quality materials. High-quality materials means longer life and no rusting whenever it is exposed to water or acidic liquid.
10. Use Labels and Avoid Sachets. Some homeowners would think that they’ll be able to save money if they buy items if they purchase them in sachet. But, they actually end up losing more because sachets end up being spoiled if not totally consumed. Using spice jars for spices will help the spices extend their shelf life. Having labels for your storage will also help especially if you have someone helping you out in the kitchen!