11 Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen


By: Hannah Young
 
Give your kitchen a detox and declutter with some ideas that can be implemented annually, as well as habits that will help you out every day.
 

1. Clear your surfaces. Move everything off of your countertops and give them a thorough clean — then step back and enjoy the result. With this in mind, clean each item you’ve removed and think carefully about whether it deserves a place on display. Ideally, you will put back only items that are used on a daily basis.
 

2. Banish the paper. Do you struggle to find your bar counter when it’s time for before-dinner drinks? The mail, newspapers and magazines often land on the nearest flat surface and clutter up the space. A good solution is to hang magazine racks on a wall or to install a small basket nearby to keep everything contained. Try to book a weekly date in your calendar to sort, discard and respond.
 
3. Investigate the depths. Do you know what’s in your fridge and freezer, and how long it has been there? How about making this the year you use up all that extra food? Get into the habit of checking what you already have before you put together a meal plan for the week. Then, when you go shopping, you’ll know exactly what you need and be less likely to buy on impulse.
 
4. Give it away. Let’s be honest: Most of us have received a gift or two that we don’t really want. If it’s a seasonal item of food or drink, avoid letting it hang around and go stale, and instead give it to someone who will appreciate it more. Don’t be shy about regifting, as long as you make sure it’s into a different circle of friends!
 
5. Do the dishes daily. The humble dishwasher can make or break your day. Get into the habit of fully loading it in the evening and running it overnight. In the morning, you’ll be ready to go, as clean bowls and spoons can be put right on the table for breakfast.
 
Allocate cabinets near the dishwasher for dishes and glasses so that it’s easy to put everything away quickly. By clearing the dishwasher in the morning, you’ll have an empty area in which to put everything as you use it, ready for the next evening cycle.
 

 6. Plan a place for everything. This kitchen is pretty extreme in its stark lack of clutter, but there’s a lot to be said for precise planning when thinking about new cabinets. If you have a home for everything in a drawer or pullout, then there’s really no reason to leave much on the counter. Flat fronts and no handles also make this kitchen pretty quick to clean.

7. Make use of glass. Open shelves look great in a kitchen — it’s nice both aesthetically and practically to be able to see what you have. However, many people are put off by the dust and grease floating around. So why not consider installing cabinets with glass doors to give you the best of both worlds? This may even inspire you to declutter so that you can display the mugs and plates you love in a pleasing way, rather than cramming everything in.
 

8. Let it go. How many mugs do you have? If, like most of us, you have more than you’ll use at any one time, give yourself permission to get rid of some. It’s easy to fall into the trap of hanging on to an item too long just because it has become part of the kitchen.
 
Try to be objective as you look through your collections and send those you don’t need, don’t like or think are unsuitable to your local thrift shop. If you’re having trouble doing it on your own, enlist the help of a friend or find a professional.
 

9. Dig out the gadgets. Now is a great time to inspect those kitchen appliances lurking at the back of your cabinets and drawers. If you don’t think you’re going to use one, send it to a thrift shop or sell it on websites like eBay and Craigslist.
 
Gadgets you want to keep should be easy to access, so find a place for them on the counter or consider some nifty storage solutions. An appliance garage with outlets will keep things neatly behind closed doors and ready to go when needed.

10. Organize your cabinets. A top organizing tip for any space is to keep similar items in the same place. Arrange your pantry cabinets so that you have savory items (canned goods, pasta, grains) in one and sweet items (baking ingredients, cookies) in another. Maximize storage by outfitting cabinets with small shelves for items such as spices, and using shallow drawers or containers that can be pulled out from the back of deep cabinets.
 
11. Store items next to their point of use. Keep things where you use them. Think about all the items you require for a task. If you’re making a cup of tea, for example, how far do you move around your kitchen to gather together a mug, teabag, kettle, milk and teaspoon?
 
Try to think of your kitchen layout in terms of “stations” where you complete different tasks, then store the relevant items near each one. You’re more likely to put things away — and less likely to drop them — if they’re nearby.
 
 
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Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


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Kids will be returning to school soon – August 22nd, for most. And, with school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.

 

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry-hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

Leave It Out

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

vegetables and fruits

Lunch Load Up

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.

Pantry Restock

The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too.

Refresh The Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to put it.

Refrigerator interior

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

 

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Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


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Sadly, summer is almost over and the kids will be returning to school soon — August 24th, for most. With school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot:

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry kids. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet, or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

 

 

vegetables and fruits

Leave It Out

Out of sight out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

 

Lunch Load Up

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of this in drawers or cabinets that are near each other.

 

Pantry Restock

The routine of weeknight dinners is coming, so get your pantry ready by making sure you’ve got all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too. If you don’t have time to plan meals every night, these items will definitely come in handy.

 

Refrigerator interior

Refresh The Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to put it.

 

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

 

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or a notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

 

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

Get Your Kitchen Prepped for Back to School


Can you believe summer is almost over and the kids will be returning to school soon? With school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these 8 tips to get back on track and start the school year on the right foot.

 

1. Snack Station: Long days at school mean hungry kids. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet, or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

 

2. Leave It Out: Out of sight out of mind, right? Make the opposite true by leaving out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school or run out to their next activity.

 

3. Lunch Load Up: Head to your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches in the upcoming year. Keep all of this in drawers or cabinets that are near each other for faster fixing.

 

4. Pantry Restock: The routine of weeknight dinners is coming, so get your pantry ready by making sure you’ve got all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, soup, and things that can be frozen or stored for a while. If you don’t have time to plan meals every night these items will definitely come in handy.

 

5. Refresh The Fridge: Take some time to clean out whatever has been pushed to the back over the summer. This way you’ll know what you need for school days and have the space to put it.

 

6. Color Code: If you’re forever calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks etc. This will make mornings a little bit more organized.

 

7. Wish List: If you need inspiration for lunch and dinner, place a whiteboard or a notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique for when you run out of grocery items.

 

8. Get In The Groove: Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly.

 

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