The easy kitchen organisation overhaul
An organised kitchen can make you feel on top of your life and make cooking so much more enjoyable. But instead of rushing out to storage shops to buy expensive solutions to your mismatched tupperware drawer, try these tips for working with what you already have to streamline your kitchen storage:
1) Organise for daily tasks
Work out which tasks you complete the most often - it could be making coffee, preparing dinner or making school lunches and then group all ingredients and tools needed for your most common tasks in the one spot. If you only ever make tea in the kitchen, keep the sugar bowl near your electric kettle and close to the mug cupboard. If you're a keen stir-fryer, keep the tools near the wok burner and the condiments in one plastic container in the fridge so you can easily grab and reach for only one thing.
2) Shop with knowledge, not by habit
Clean the fridge BEFORE you go grocery shopping. It will help you compile your shopping list, and also make sure you have enough room for the new lot of groceries that you bring home. And you'll be amazed how much tidier and organised you keep your fridge by making this a weekly habit.
3) Attack the plastic storage cupboard
You know the one - that cupboard with all the plastic containers of various shapes and sizes that never seems to close properly or look organised? It helps to store the lids vertically in a larger ice cream container so you can choose the correct size at a glance. Simply store the base of plastic containers inside each other and keep the lids in a box or basket nearby rather than trying to keep the lids on the containers and having a jumble of mess.
4) Sort your kitchen's hidden clutter
We all have a stash spot where we hide our clutter. For some it's the tea towel drawer, for others it's the third drawer down. But why not develop habits that keep your clutter under control? If mail and unpaid bills are your clutter problem, introduce a folder especially to store them neatly. Keep the folder near where you normally let your clutter stack up so that you are more tempted to use it. As you start habitually placing the bills IN the folder - rather than in a clutter pile - you'll find you've banished that particular clutter problem.
5) Centralise your clean up
It might not make sense to reposition the fridge, stove, or sink, but moving your plate and glasses storage close to the dishwasher or sink makes for a speedy clean up. Kids are also more likely to put things where they belong if the storage cupboard is in easy arms reach.
6) Create more work space
If more bench space is what you and your kitchen really needs, but the family budget just can't accommodate your dream kitchen plan (yet) - add a wheelie butchers block. It will expand your bench space and can be wheeled to a more convenient position when you don't need it. You could even get a couple of stools for undercounter seating - very handy when everyone wants to hang out with mum in the kitchen while you're getting dinner ready.
7) Buy a spice rack
If you love to cook, then your pantry is probably choc-a-block with spices, dried herbs and an array of seasoning shakers. A spice rack can house all of these in neat rows and make them easy to grab when you're cooking up a storm.
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This article was written by Alex Brooks