January has been a month of posts on organizing and storage to help you get your home clutter-free for the new year. To cap it off, the last post is all about kitchen organization. (Don’t worry, I’ll be doing more on the topic of organizing throughout the year so you can keep it looking great all year-round.)
The kitchen has a lot of opportunities for things to go haywire. With all the drawers, cabinets, pantry, refrigerator, and of course all the various tools and items that have to go in them, it’s a recipe for disaster. (Ba-dum-ching.) Before you know, it’s full of expired food, too many of the same item (who needs ten spatulas?), and cabinets that won’t close.
These 10 kitchen organization tips are easy to implement and will go a long way toward creating a more efficient kitchen. They’re so simple, you could probably get them all done in a day.
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KITCHEN ORGANIZATION TIPS
1 Use certain shelves to hold specific items. Label the shelves so it makes it easier for other members of the household to put away groceries.
2 After opening bags of chips, cookies, crackers and such, store them in clear plastic containers so they’ll stay fresh longer. You’ll also be able to see when you are running low on family favorites, so you can add them to your shopping list.
3 Hang wire racks inside cabinet or closet doors for additional storage space.
4 Group spices by category so that you spend less time looking for them when you’re cooking or baking.
5 Store leftovers in plastic freezer bags. They’ll take up less space in the freezer and you won’t have to worry about storing all those plastic containers when they’re not being used.
6 Only leave items out on the counters that you use everyday. This will keep the counters from looking cluttered and make the kitchen look neater.
7 Keep utensils and tools you use on a regular basis in a place that is easily accessible, such as an open canister or nearby drawer.
8 Turntables or lazy Susans aren’t just for cabinets. Use them in your refrigerator, too.
9 Keep a recycling bin or basket close to the trash to encourage recycling.
10 Use baskets that slide easily to provide convenient access to cans, dry food, pots and other items.
Which of these tips do you think will help improve your kitchen organization? Let me know in the comments!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our organization posts from this month:
- Room-by-Room Tips to Organize Your Home for the New Year
- 10 Tips for Setting Up a Home Filing System
- 5 Tips for Organizing Storage Areas: Garages, Attics, and Basements
- 10 Tips for Organizing Your Closet to Save Time & Money
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