Top Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen
3 Tips for Getting Your Kitchen Organized
by Kimberly Hensle Lowrance
The busy school year is quickly approaching, and to be prepped for the hustle and bustle, your kitchen could probably use a touch up. The fall, right on through the winter, is often our busiest time. And much of that time is spent….in the kitchen.
In anticipation, I’m getting a head start on the back-to-school rush with a kitchen shape up. I’m sharing three no cost (and super easy) ways to get ready for what I know will be a hectic season.
Each of these organization tips can be done in 15 minutes. (Set a timer to keep yourself on track, if you’d like!) Do them all together or spread them out over several days.
1. Clean Out Your Storage Containers
Mismatched storage containers filling up drawers and cabinets in your kitchen? You’re not alone—and now is the time to get rid of the mess.
Take out all of the containers and lids from their hiding places. Place them on your countertop or table for easy access. (Put on some fun music to entertain you while you work!)
Wipe down the drawers and cabinets these containers reside in, and recycle containers and lids that are cracked, broken, or without a match.
Tip! Recruit your kids to help, making a game of who can match the most bottoms with tops.
Once the tops and bottoms are paired up, put them back in their place and high five your helpers!
2. Consolidate Your Spices
I’m always surprised how easily spice containers accumulate in my kitchen. Half used containers of rosemary, thyme, and basil tell the story of delicious meals—but overstuff my cabinet. If you have the same problem, consider purging your spices as part of your back-to-school campaign.
Take all of your spices out of their cabinet or drawer, sorting them by type. Wipe down the space where you store them. Throw away expired spices, recycling their containers.
Consolidate multiple jars of the same spice together, and make a list of which spices you’re missing for your next trip to the grocery. Consider adding purchase dates to the tops of your spice containers so you know how long they’ve been in the cabinet.
Place the spices back, using an organization technique that works best for you—like alphabetical or by use.
Tip! Keep out one spice you haven’t used in while, and pledge to cook a meal with it that week; it will be your reward for your hard work!
3. Gather Your Glassware
From well-beyond-their-time sippy cups to chipped coffee mugs, the shelves that hold glasses and mugs get filled up quickly.
Make time for another kitchen purge by taking all of the glasses and mugs out of your cabinets and cleaning off the shelves once they’re empty (Pause and appreciate that emptiness—looks great, right?).
Recycle anything that’s damaged. Put the beer glasses from college and the kids’ outgrown cups from toddlerhood in a bag to donate.
Only put back in the cabinet that which you will use, organizing the glasses by size so you can see what you have with one glance.
Tip! If possible, move the kids’ cups and glasses to a low shelf so they can help themselves.
You’re done! Pour yourself a glass of something cool to drink, toasting the completion of another organization to-do.
Did you finish all three steps? Congratulations! Now enjoy how much more organized you are as you bid farewell to summer and say hello to fall!
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Organizing Your Kitchen Like a Pro
Originally posted 2015-08-14 18:58:37.
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