When you organize your kitchen, you are creating an invitation to linger for good food and conversation. After all, your kitchen is the heart of your home and you want friends and family to feel comfortable to help themselves—without the embarrassment of a chaotic mess!
To help you organize your kitchen, identify why you need to tackle this project:
To solve these dilemmas, you want to organize your kitchen in a way that creates a natural flow that accommodates your kitchen activities. Think of your kitchen as four corners: The Dish Storage Corner, the Food Preparation Corner, the Food Storage Corner, and the Cooking Corner.
Ways to Organize Your Kitchen
Are your everyday dishes scattered around the kitchen? Maybe the glasses are by the refrigerator, the silverware by the stove, and the cereal bowls next to the sink? If this is your situation, you know how aggravating it can be to unload the dishwasher! Instead, simplify your dish storage by creating a Dish Storage Corner. This is a grouping of your everyday glassware, dishes, silverware, dish towels, and detergent—as close to the sink and dishwasher as possible. This will make unloading the dishwasher or hand washing the dishes all within reach!
Additional Dish Storage Center Tips:
How many times have you tried to make a nice meal, but found it a real challenge because the counter you use is too small to adequately handle all the preparation? You can solve this sticky situation by designating a Food Preparation Corner. This should be a big corner or the longest available counter, between the sink and the stove or the sink and the fridge. This should give you plenty of room to cut, chop, mix, season, slice, and dice your favorite ingredients.
Use the cupboards above and below this countertop to store regular food preparation supplies such as spices, mixing bowls, knives, cutting boards, measuring cups, spoons, blenders, mixers, and plastic wraps. With all of these supplies in one corner, your supplies will be more convenient and food preparation will be quicker.
Additional Food Preparation Corner Tips:
Does this sound familiar “Where are the chips?” “I can’t find the peanut butter!” It can be a real ordeal finding all the supplies to make a midnight snack if the munchies aren’t organized. The Food Storage Corner is where you keep all the food, ideally using the cupboards and/or pantry next to the refrigerator. This includes canned goods, boxed goods, bottles, jars, and bread products. With all your food together in the same area, it will make preparation and clean-up a snap!
Additional Food Storage Corner Tips:
It’s important to be comfortable cooking in your own kitchen, but when pots and pans are out of reach and utensils are unorganized, it’s enough to make you boil over! Organize your kitchen supplies in The Cooking Corner—located near the stove and oven. These cupboards and drawers are for storing pots and pans, bake ware, cooking utensils, and pot holders.
Additional Cooking Corner Tips:
With this four corner system, you’ll be able to organize your kitchen sensibly for those who cook and those who enjoy the good cooking!
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