- 1 Don’t Be Afraid To Think Outside The Box And Try New Things
- 2 Pantry Baskets
- 3 Important Things Should Be At Eye-Level
- 4 Have Separate Storage For Tupperware Lids And Containers
- 5 Separate Silverware Into Dining And Preparation Categories
- 6 Make Division Between Traditional Dining Wear And Fine Cutlery
- 7 Vertical Space—Compartmentalized Spice-Racks And Cabinetry
- 8 Keeping A Clean Kitchen
Don’t Be Afraid To Think Outside The Box And Try New Things
In your kitchen, there’s naturally going to be a lot of mess. When a kitchen isn’t messy, that usually means it’s unused. Certainly, this is one way to keep things organized; but it’s certainly not the best way. The best way is to think about what you have in terms of space, how you use it, and where things can be improved.
Don’t look so much into augmenting your behavior—though this isn’t without the realm of advisability. Rather, look into ways of matching your behavior with only minute augmentation. Doing so will make you more likely to keep the changes you pursue. Following are several stellar organizational tips you might want to take into consideration if you don’t know where to start.
The pantry can be a real stumbling block, especially when you’re in the process of cooking, cleaning, or stocking shelves with new groceries. The tendency is to just throw things in there, putting things you use the most where you can see them.
Sure, this works, but you are very likely to forget you have things, and items will be lost. A better way to organize might include labeling baskets and putting them on appropriate shelves.
You might have a basket labeled breakfast goods, one labeled noodles, one labeled canned soups, the other canned vegetables. You could have a cookie basket, a cracker basket, a basket for varying syrups which require no refrigeration, and the list goes on.
Important Things Should Be At Eye-Level
The things you retrieve regularly should be right where you can see them. It might be worthwhile to combine this tactic with the pantry basket strategy. Put all the pantry baskets at eye level, and label them. This way people take things from a specific basket, and are more likely to return those things to that basket. They’ve got to look for the name before they remove or return anything.
Certainly you don’t have to have baskets at eye-level; you might just put whatever you most commonly retrieve from the pantry where you can see it. That said, augmenting storage practices here could save you a lot of organizational hassle later on.
Have Separate Storage For Tupperware Lids And Containers
When you store your tupperware containers with the lids that cover them, those lids go on holiday throughout whatever drawer or cabinet you’re using. They practically pack their bags and disappear. The only way to find the specific lid for the specific tupperware container you want to is to take everything out and root around in there until you find what you were looking for. This is a pain.
Here’s a better solution: if you’ve got adjacent drawers, cabinets, or what-have-you, store containers in one, and lids in the other. Stack tupperware containers of the same size together, and do likewise with lids in the other storage space. It isn’t a bad idea to incorporate partitions as well.
Separate Silverware Into Dining And Preparation Categories
You don’t eat with a measuring spoon, but oftentimes you do throw it in the same silverware drawer as your primary cutlery. This just confuses things! What would make more sense is to separate silverware according to usage.
When you need measuring implements or stirring spoons, then you look in the appropriate drawer. When you need dining wear, then you go to the other drawer. This will save time when you’re setting the table and preparing meals.
Additionally, such a strategy allows you to remain more organized generally. When you put dishes away after washing them in the machine, you can stack them according to size and use in either drawer. Then there’s reduced chance for mess later.
Make Division Between Traditional Dining Wear And Fine Cutlery
While we’re dividing things up, you might want to find a separate place to store the fine cutlery. This includes more than just forks, spoons, and knives. Also, you want to keep plates and glasses in their own spot.
This is especially considerable when you factor in glasses used for wine or champagne. Typically, these are more delicate than a cup used for juice or water. You don’t want the kids using a goblet designed for some sort of port or craft beer! Instead, put such items in their own area, and be careful to organize it as you do other portions of your kitchen.
Vertical Space—Compartmentalized Spice-Racks And Cabinetry
Cork board in which things can be hung may save you hassle in storing certain preparation implements. You might also look into magnetic solutions for holding a knife, or other metallic instrument. Pots and pans can usually be hung by the handle. This is a lot better way to store them than simply throwing them in the cabinet under the burners.
Something else you might look into is additional storage options designed to fit your present needs. Ready To Assemble cabinets, RTA for short, can allow you to design idiosyncratic solutions which match your kitchen intimately. At some websites, you can find kitchen cabinets for sale, therefore you can find interesting RTA options worth a look.
If you’re having trouble keeping everything stored when all the dishes are clean, this is a sure sign you’ve either got to downsize or increase your storage capacity. There’s likely an area or two in your kitchen that could do with another cabinet or shelving array. You might even consider a remodel; this can be a great way to maintain property value.
Also, consider how your spices are stored. Oftentimes people just put them in a drawer and search for what they need. A better tactic may be a small shelving unit called a spice rack. You can label specific spots for specific spices, hang up the rack, save drawer space, and reduce time lost rooting around for…well, thyme.
Keeping A Clean Kitchen
Dirt and degradation pile up in a kitchen that’s regularly used. If you don’t stay on top of the mess, it will become a monster. But if you’ve got everything organized, cleaning up is much quicker.
When you can reduce the associated time spent preparing and storing varying items of cutlery, cleaning is easier, and so your kitchen gets less messy less often; making it more usable.
Here’s a link for more kitchen storage ideas you may want to consider. Find which ones work, and are doable in your present situation. Just don’t leave it be! There are always ways to improve.