How often have you felt like a pantry staple you swore you just bought somehow vanished into thin air? You may even have a few condiments in your fridge that expired ages ago. The next time you’re hunting for your Tupperware lids and feeling frustrated with the disarray, make the commitment to do a kitchen detox to get things in order. Here are my 7 tips for an organized kitchen you’ll love to cook in and will help to remove some of that frustration.
While it can look like a daunting task, these tips will undoubtedly help you get your kitchen looking superb in no time.
Get rid of nonessentials
Do you have a toaster oven you never use? Dishes that are chipped? Seasonings you’ve never tried? For those things you may use once in a blue moon, like just during the holidays, store them elsewhere (garage, attic, basement, or a cupboard out of the way). The items that you don’t ever use anymore can be donated. You can toss out anything beyond its lifespan.
Scrub it down
After going through every cabinet and your fridge, scrub it all down. It will feel like a whole new home when you do. You can break this task up over a week or two to make it less overwhelming. For example, on Monday, you can wipe down all of your cabinets. On Tuesday, tackle the refrigerator shelves. Create a schedule that’s doable for you so you won’t procrastinate.
Make a plan for your kitchen storage
Now that it’s all clean don’t just shove everything back the way it was. Make a plan and define your kitchen zones. This way, you’ll know where everything goes. For example, make the items you use the most frequently stay in an easily accessible place. It would help if you organized cookware pots and pans near your oven, and pantry goods should go into the pantry. Of course, these are only suggestions, so make a plan of what works for you and your kitchen and stick to it.
Work with the space you’ve got
Some of you might have a massive kitchen with tons of space. Organizing this will be far easier. But if you’re in tight quarters, you’ll have to get a bit more creative. For this reason, make sure that things you don’t use daily aren’t in the way of what you use more often. Making your space functional will create ease in the kitchen. Keep the teacups near the kettle, your plates close to your bench, your cutlery where you can reach when cooking and serving, glasses close to where you store your drinks, and all your appliance fittings together close to the appliance.
Invest in storage items
We’ve all gone into the pantry and pawed around to find an old box of crackers that we forgot about. Instead, make life easier by getting clear containers for these types of things. You’ll be able to see it easier, and as a bonus, it will extend the shelf-life drastically by keeping things fresh.
This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune doing this. Recycle your glass jars or check your local op shops for options. Use food boxes as dividers.
Think outside the box
There are so many ways to get creative with the space you have in your kitchen and get it organized in a beautiful and functional way. Pots and pans take up loads of space, but if you can install a hanging rack, you can display them and keep them out of the way.
If you spend too much time fumbling for spices, mount a spice rack to the inside of your cabinet doors and organize it alphabetically. Corkboards, drawer organizers, dividers, and even over-the-door compartment racks can all be utilized to help you organize with ease and make your kitchen look great. I personally prefer to use glass for everything possible and use various sizes of the Kmart glass jars with clip lids and to take it that step further I label all my jars with labels from Pretty Little Designs.
Be open to change
Sometimes, your organizational tactics might not go as planned. If things are still getting messy, be open to changing it for another method. And even if it’s going well, make a plan to do a deep clean and decluttering once per year to keep everything in top shape in your kitchen!
When you are cleaning out and checking your food stores, make sure they are still in date, but it’s also a great time if you are making some changes to your eating habits, then you can check labels for sugar content or gluten etc. It might be helpful to check out my post on reading nutritional labels here.
It’s not difficult to have an organized kitchen you’ll love if you follow these 7 simple tips. You know what they say “ If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” – Louis Parrish. and we all need more of that in our life to reduce our stress. Not only will you have an organized kitchen you’ll love it can also reduce the stress of cooking and meal prep, especially when you are short on time.