Spring and cleaning just go hand-in-hand. Clear out the winter dust and get those windows opened to let the fresh air in. But don’t overlook the kitchen. An organized kitchen is much easier to use on cooking days. Follow Ann’s tips below.
Pandemonium to Paradise – Organizing your Kitchen Cabinets
By Ann martin
First things first: take everything out of your cabinets and wipe them down – when was the last time you did that? Begin clearing out any broken or unused items – yes, this definitely includes the distressed thirteen year old frying pan from your mother, the tea kettle that no longer works, and the serving spoon that your son threw in the garbage disposal three times “on accident.” Get rid of it! Though we can become emotionally attached to certain items because of cherished memories, if they are no longer usable, there is no place for them in your cabinets.
Everything in its place
Let’s face it: we are all too busy for our own good. Be that as it may, time is of the essence and accessibility is important. Think about the everyday things you do in your kitchen: Cleaning, cooking, food preparation (chopping, blending, etc), serving, and disposal. Keep these tasks in mind when you begin to replace items in your cabinets – the location of a particular item should correspond with the location of the task. So do keep the potholders close to the oven and the cleaning supplies in the cabinet underneath the sink. And that espresso machine you use only when your daughter comes home, because she bought it? Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean it needs to clutter up a space of importance in the cabinet by the stove. Pack it up until she comes home!
Keep the flatware you use on a daily basis in the most accessible place possible. I also like to keep all cups on one shelf, reserve another for plates and bowls, and keep my special occasion flatware in the back. Sometimes I’ll even store special or holiday items in different spot than my cabinets all together, if I am pressed for space. Stack items neatly to maximize space and minimize wear and tear. If you have kids, keep the plastic ware on the bottom shelf, should they get in the mood to climb and “help mom set the table.” Likewise, put the Oneida flatware set on the next shelf up, out of toddler reach. Only you know your particular needs, and don’t be afraid to take everything out and reorganize if you find that your current system doesn’t work.
Cooking Appliances, Bake Ware, and Tupperware
Save your lower and pull out drawers for items like pots and pans, Tupperware, bake items, your lazy Susan, blender, and maybe an occasional canned good if you are lacking space in your pantry. These items obviously take up a lot more space, so stack neatly, and place items – again, according to use.
Ann Martin is a featured freelance writer for many home and garden websites. She enjoys cooking and entertaining at home. In addition, Ann writes for Dinnerware Center, where one can find specialty tableware sets including the beautiful Oneida Easton pattern and the gorgeous Oneida Juilliard set.
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