Get your kitchen in shape for the new year with these 8 simple ideas to organize your kitchen.
It has started to get a bit chilly at night where I live, which has me in a fall cleaning frame of mind. More specifically, I’ve been yearning to get my house in ORDER! Since I didn’t really feel like buying a whole bunch of organization products to get started, I decided to see what I could come up with that would satisfy my need to get organized without spending a lot of money.
Since the kitchen is used to prepare food, it’s only natural that hygiene conditions must be ensured while doing so. Prolonged exposure of kitchen surfaces and other items to dirt and dust may spoil the appearance and cleanliness of the kitchen.
As a professional organizer, I am excited that I get to share both my love of organizing with you today, as well as the tidy, frugal ideas that I use to simply keep my sanity in my own kitchen.
Maybe you can use some of these solutions, too? Here we go!
Remove Cabinet Doors
Remove a few cabinet doors to have easy access to dishes. Contrary to what you might think, these dishes don’t get dirty simply because they are out in the open. They are frequently used and don’t sit still long enough to gather dust.
Use A Cookbook Stand
Use an ordinary plate easel as a cookbook stand. It keeps your book open, clean, and in view while you are creating your newest culinary masterpiece.
Use creativity, not cash
Frugal organizers think past the label and outside the box. Even when they must purchase an item to complete an organization project, they make creative, if unintended, use of common products like eco-friendly lighting in kitchen.
Why buy a pricey “thread organizer” from the crafts store, when you can store tall spools of thread in a lipstick holder from the Dollar Center?
Ever notice that the same item, say, a plastic box with dividers and a lid, can have three different prices when labeled as (1) a box for fishing tackle, (2) a box for small hardware items, and (3) a box to hold cross-stitch thread?
At home, the frugal organizer realized that the expensive plastic holders weren’t necessary if she simply used a three-hole punch on the pattern leaflet itself.
Keep Best Kitchen Helpers
Keep only the best of your kitchen helpers. These are literally all of my casserole dishes and pie plates. I never need more than a few of these at a time. You can read more tips about choosing kitchen cookware on The Home Makers Journal
Store Utensils In The Open
Store your utensils out in the open, in an urn, crock or ceramic pitcher, so that they will be easier to find, use and store after being cleaned.
Shop your home for baskets and bins
I sort of have a basket addiction. They come in handy a lot around our house, so when I needed a little more food storage, I put a couple of baskets from our living room to good use. They were only holding clutter anyway, which forced me to organize that little bit too.
While searching our house for other baskets, I found a couple of wire ones to hold my cook books and Lola’s pet supplies too. I also repurposed a galvanized bucket sitting on a bookshelf that served a better purpose as a potato bin.
Fill the Sink
Always fill the sink with hot and soapy water before putting in the utensils. This will not only save the cost but also the wear and tear of your dishwasher. Other benefit of practicing this is that it will allow you to speed up your cooking process as you can wash and go without having to worry about a big pile of pans and pots.
Use of Lids
Making use of lids is also an innovative way of maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen. Lids of various containers can be used over jars and containers that contain sticky liquids. The reason behind it is that it helps to clean only the lids rather than cleaning the whole shelf. This eventually saves time and energy.
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