Kitchen Functionality Solved!
When did you last use that melon baller, meatball scoop, or cookie press? Do you really need two? Toss anything you don’t use. Donate it, sell it or throw it out!!! No use in it taking up space in your kitchen anymore. Same goes for things that don’t work. If the handle on a pot rattles, the spout always gets clogged up, or the pan always scorches the food, fix or replace it! Make sure every item in your kitchen has earned its right to take up your valuable space! Just because it is large or expensive, it doesn’t mean you should keep it. If you made pasta twice, ten years ago, please pitch the pasta machine. Same as the fancy espresso and cappuccino makers when you drink only water and tea………….donate, sell or toss it! Now that you have established what goes and what stays, start to create centers of activity around the kitchen and place objects and utensils according to where they will be best accessible and used. For example, if you love to bake, you might find it handy to store your flour, sugar, baking powder, a set of measuring cups and spoons, your favorite mixing bowl, etc. together in one convenient spot.
When it comes to dinner time you will need a table, plus tableware, serving dishes, and anything else you need to sit down and eat. Salt and pepper shakers? Ask yourself whether it would be more convenient to store your dishes and silverware near the table or the dishwasher. I personally store mine above and next to my dishwasher. This way when I am emptying it I don’t have to move all over the kitchen. It all goes back to one convenient area.
How about when you need to clean? The sink, dishwasher and surroundings. Soap, gloves, dish pan, drying rack, cleansers, towels, etc. All cleaners and accessories are best stored conveniently organized under the sink. There is not much else one can do with that space anyways, so may as well make use of it. Another great tip is to keep the trash can handy, plus recycling and compost bins, too if you are into all that. Locate them as centrally as possible without being in the way. They should go near the cleaning and food preparation areas. This way you can chop and etc and dump easily into compost or garbage. I have a combined unit in my home that pulls out f the cabinetry to provide me with both garbage and recycle. It is great and handy next to my sink and prep areas. No Clutter Counters!!!!Pay particular attention to reducing the number of objects stored permanently on the counter. The counter needs frequent cleaning and it is your primary workspace. With these helpful hints, Kitchen Organization and functionality is at your fingertips.
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