Simple Tips on How To Organize Your Kitchen

I love to cook. When I am not organizing, you will probably find me in my kitchen whipping something up and making a mess. Anyone that loves to cook knows that a well organized and stocked kitchen makes cooking and mealtimes a lot easier. Here are some simple tips to help you create "zones" in your kitchen and make it more functional.

1. BEVERAGES-Most of us drink either coffee or tea. Create a little beverage area. Place your cups and tea or coffee in the shelves above where you set your coffee maker. I call it the beverage center.

2. EVERYDAY ITEMS-These items include silverware, glasses,and dinner plates. You should place these items as close to the dishwasher as possible. Since these items are used daily, you want to be able to load and unload your dishwasher in a quick manner.

3. UTENSILS-Break these down to categories. The daily stuff such as spatulas, spoons, and whisks should be kept very accessible. Many people keep them in a canister on top of the counter or in a drawer close to the stove. Then there are the baking utensils. If you have a separate drawer, keep them all together. Last but not least is the category of misc use utensils. My two favorites being the egg slicer and the orange juice squeezer. I keep all these misc items together in one drawer.

4. BAKING PANS-Organize these in one spot. Some of us are lucky to have a space below our stove for storage. This works great for cookie sheets and muffin tins.

5. MIXING/SERVING BOWLS-These tend to have many uses in the kitchen. Try and keep them together.

6. SMALL APPLIANCES-You know that corner cabinet that everyone hates. Your small appliances will fit perfectly here! This space can also be used for mixing bowls as well.

7. POTS AND PANS-These should be stored as close to the stove as possible. As with any organizing project, keep like with like. If you have large pots and pans that you only use once a year, consider storing them in a pantry or kitchen overflow area(basement). Don't let them take up your prime space.

8. SPICES-There are several different ways to store spices. There is the spice pull out cabinet(I hate this). It holds a lot of spices but they are hard to see. Then there is the spice drawer, which has an insert which allows spices to be visually clear. And last but not least, using a spice shelf and putting them in a cabinet. Organize them on how you think. This gal is alpha all the way!

Once your kitchen is "zoned" you will be whipping up meals in no time!!

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