Reorganize Your Kitchen to Improve Your Cooking Experience
If your kitchen is not well organized, you probably don’t enjoy cooking and baking in it half as much as you would if it were nice and organized. If you want to be one of those people (like me) with a perfectly organized kitchen, try these tips to organize your kitchen.
Start from scratch
First, pull everything out of the kitchen. This includes all dishes, utensils, food from the cupboards, and appliances such as your toaster, microwave, blender, etc. The only things you should leave in the kitchen are the stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
Now that your kitchen is empty, take a look around and see what additions can be made that would make it easier to be organized in your kitchen. Maybe you can add a shelf to a bare wall, or you may want to attach your microwave to the wall. You can buy most, if not all of the supplies you will need at most hard ware stores. Hanging an extra shelf can be an easy do-it-yourself job, as can be attaching the microwave to the wall. One thing I have that is useful to me is a magnetic strip that I attached above my kitchen sink. This is where I keep my scissors, paring knives, and potato peeler. This way, they are within an arm’s reach when I need them.
All it needs is a good cleaning
Give your kitchen a good cleaning while you have everything removed. Then stand in the middle of your kitchen and think about convenience. Put everything back where it will be easy to use and always cater to your most used items, making them easily accessible. Where is the most convenient spot for the utensils? In your dishware cupboard you will want to put the most used dishes at the bottom and up front part of the cupboards. Place the least used items on the very top shelf of the cupboard.
Grouping makes it easy
When you are putting your food back into your cupboards, organize it so pastas are on one side, spices are together with the most used spices up front. Put your vegetables in one section, fruits in another, and organize it so your most used foods are right in the front. This will cut down on your digging around to find what you need when you are cooking. By reorganizing your kitchen so that it is more user friendly, you will find that you enjoy cooking more than ever.
Choose your appliances wisely
Choose your appliances wisely…they make all of the difference. This is not just referring to the major appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, etc. While I personally think these are the most important, you also want to efficiently lay out your smaller appliances as well. Is the look of all of my appliances consistent? Where should I put my toaster oven? Is a cheaper Ninja better than Vitamix blender? These are all of the questions you should be asking yourself to ensure you are setting up everything properly.
A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen. A kitchen that is laid out well gives you flexibility and allows you to make the most out of your space. Always be looking for ways to improve and remember to make things the way you want them.