Getting Your Kitchen Organised
The New Year is the ideal time for getting your home organised, and what better place to start than the hub of the family home, the kitchen. With Spring on the doorstep and Spring cleans imminent, tackling and organising your kitchen will be easy and quick with these top 10 tips.
1. Storage Jars & Containers
Start with the food items you use the most, such as flour, sugar, pasta and rice and arrange co-ordinating jars or tins together near your cooking preparation area for ease of use. You could use glass containers for at-a-glance ease, or you could opt for complimentary coloured containers to your kitchen decor, with clear labels for easy identification. Once you have transferred all your most used food items and organised them, it will make your meal preparation so much quicker and you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
2. Cookbook Storage
It is so useful to have your most used cookbooks in the kitchen, ready to whip out to follow your favourite recipe. Many kitchen’s these days have spaces either between the sides, or on top of the fridge, why not get a dedicated bookshelf made for you to be able to have quick access whenever you are cooking in the kitchen. You could organise them within categories of sweet and savoury, meat and vegetable, or whatever your favourite’s are, so you know exactly where to find each one easily.
3. Cereal Storage
If you have a busy family all with different cereal favourite’s like us, you will find yourself with lots of half empty boxes of cereal in your kitchen which lose their freshness really quickly. The solution to this is the large flip-top containers you can pick up from all the large supermarket’s. Once you have put all the cereals into the dedicated container’s they can stack neatly in your kitchen cupboards, and they will last so much longer as they will stay much fresher in the sealed containers.
4. Pantry Storage
De-clutter and organise your entire pantry by the simple addition of baskets, and clear containers. Even if you are small on space you can make every inch of your pantry area work for you by clever planning and organisation. Start by removing everything from the pantry and throwing out any items that either are past their sell by date or that you will never use. (or donate to a food bank) Next group the food into categories, smaller dried goods, cans, bottles and jars and packaged breads and snacks.
Put all the small dried goods into individual clear containers of the same size, so you can see at a glance what is inside, and add a label with the date on so you know how long it has been stored for. Put the tins and jars into baskets and again try to keep similar items together and label the front of the baskets to identify easily. For the packaged goods put into baskets and label the front with chalkboard labels, add the best before date on the label to remind you how long you have to consume. You can also buy wire over-the-door storage for smaller items such as tins and jars, which is another great way to utilise the entire space in your pantry. Lastly keep a shopping list on the inside of your pantry door so you can add to it any time you run low on your favourite foods.
5. Freezer Storage
Take the same view with your freezer as you would your pantry storage. Buy plastic containers and organise your frozen fruits, vegetables, meats and even your ice-creams and ice-lollies into labelled containers that you can just pull out and find exactly what you are looking for quickly and easily. When you organise your freezer as you add each item to the plastic containers, label them with any best before date to remind you when you need to consume them by, it’s a handy way of ensuring you have less food waste.
6. Under Sink Storage
Once you have started with storing you kitchen essentials in clear plastic containers, you will notice the benefits so quickly! Transfer this idea to the space under the sink that is so often under-utilised, organise your cleaning cloths, sponges, and brushes neatly into plastic containers and stack together. With the dishwasher tablet’s, powder and dishwasher salt you can transfer these into different sized containers that are air tight. If you have young children it may be a safe idea to add a security lock on the cupboard to ensure that they can’t gain access to any harmful chemicals. If you are feeling creative you could also line the bottom of the cupboard with pretty, wipe-down paper to give it a bit of a makeover.
7. Hanging Pan Rack
Having a small kitchen can be tricky when you are trying to fit in your pans as well. Why not invest in a hanging pan rack to keep all your pans near the cooking area and in one place, making more available space in your kitchen cupboards for your food items. You will be amazed at the space you will save just by making this one change to your kitchen.
8. Coffee & Tea Station
If you have the space, and you and your family regularly drink tea and coffee, then why not dedicate a separate area on your counter or on an area such as a butler’s trolley or a metal trolley for the exclusive storage of all things tea and coffee related. You can colour code the containers for tea and coffee, arrange cups and saucers, mugs and glasses together and even add some of your favourite syrups or liquors. If you have a coffee machine you can incorporate the space to add it as pride of place at the top, arranging the coffee beans, or ground coffee in labelled containers next to the coffee machine. To separate the tea’s and coffee’s you could store all the necessary items on two dedicated trays on individual shelves for ease of use.
9. Drawer Storage
Buy some drawer inserts to add to your kitchen drawers to organise and separate your utensils. This simple idea will keep all your cutlery and utensils neat and organised, and you can even label the compartments to make it easy to you (and your family!) to know where everything goes. If you have some deep drawers then you could invest in some sliding drawer dividers to make good use of the space. You can then use it to store kitchen essentials like sandwich bags, tin foil, cling-film, baking paper and rubbish bin liners.
10. Fridge-Side Organiser
Turn the un-used side of your fridge into an household organiser by adding a clock, a pin board, a white board and you could also add a letter rack to organise the household bills and school events. This would require a little DIY but with the use of this unused space to it’s full potential would help to keep the family organised and in control of all the household events.
So there you have it 10 top tips for your kitchen storage to get you started on your annual Spring clean. If you have been inspired by these organisational ideas for the kitchen then why not head over to the Betta Living Website for more comprehensive ideas for kitchen storage.