What if I told that with a simple process, some great music playing, and a little bit of your time; you can make your kitchen not only work fo¬r you but be the kitchen of your dreams. If the kitchen of your dreams comes with new appliances and granite countertops, we will just save that discussion for another day. (Did I mention that I’m a great project manager?)
Let’s start by organizing your cooking/range area. Do you have the right utensils and supplies in handy locations for easy access? You need your pots and pans, spices, and utensils to be right at your fingertips so you don’t waste time and energy searching through all your cabinets, especially if you are in the middle of a particularly complicated recipe.
Consider the following ideas:
- Keep some of your most used utensils in pottery crocks on the countertop. This makes them convenient and easy to grab.
- Pots and pans should be kept in cabinets under, or right to the side of the stove for easy access.
- Alphabetize spices in a rack to make them easier to locate.
Next let’s organize your cabinets. Storage racks and container solutions can do wonders with your current spaces. Storage solutions such as stainless Rev-a-shelf products and stacking bins make use of dead space and help you use your entire lower cabinets.
- Stepped shelving makes use of the back space in a deep cabinet
- Drawer dividers keep utensils under control
- Rectangular storage containers take less space than round ones and stackable containers are obviously preferred.
- Line up pot lids and flat cookware in a vertical rack.
- Use overhead bins, cup hooks, and racks for hanging storage and save your counters for items you use daily.
Finally, let’s look at your pantry. You should group your items in like categories. This makes it easier to grab that certain ingredient for the dish you are making. It also makes your shopping list easier to prepare. You will automatically know what you are low on e.g., Tomato Sauce, soups, noodles, and cereals.
- Put canned goods and often used items at eye level.
- Pre-made spiced packets such as taco mix, salad dressings, or gravies should be stored in a basket with the labels facing up.
- Heavy items like flour, rice, and sugar should be stored on lower shelves.
Hopefully I have provided you enough tips to get started on re-organizing your kitchen. If you need that extra push and helping hand to make your kitchen the kitchen of your dreams, give me a call today. I would love to help you.