How to Organize Your Kitchen
Whether you are an excellent, natural cook or a somewhat successful diletant, without an organized kitchen cooking is an insurmountable feat. From making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to whipping up a five-course meal for all your neighbors, there must be order in your cupboards and fridge if cooking a meal is to succeed. If you are somewhat disposed to chaos in the kitchen, fear not, follow these simple guidelines and be the queen of a five-star operation in no time.
- Enforce your Order
For those with families around, especially young or teenage children (or even husbands), a few gentle signs around the place cannot hurt. Remind those around you, gently of course, what you expect of them by putting up the odd sign. If this feels a bit like nagging, maybe soften the blow by using a bulletin board border with a cheerful design. It adds to the feel of the kitchen and serves a practical purpose.
- Buy a Label Maker
No neat kitchen is complete without labels. You may have a whole array of different pots, jars, and boxes, but without a label, they just create more disorder. A label maker is not merely functional; it can also be used to send little notes to anyone in the house who might need a gentle reminder of the rules.
- Use your Tupperware Properly
Are you putting a half avocado in the fridge until lunch? Might you be storing some carrot sticks? Perhaps you are looking for some way to contain all of the multiple nuts and seeds you have in one convenient place? Meet Tupperware, your space-saving, tidy-making friend. When you have things that you cannot squash into rectangular containers, glass jars are the next best thing. Put spaghetti, muesli, lentils and any other food stuff that requires an airtight seal in one of these and save buying fresh what you already have.
- Organize Every Cupboard and Every Drawer
It may sound like a hellish pursuit, but it will be worth it in the end, we promise! Each season make sure you go through all of your cupboards and check that the things you put in them are organized. Fill-up half empty Tupperware and glass jars and ensure there is enough order so that you can see what you have when you look into the cupboard. If you are struggling to find the most efficient ways to do this, read about clever ways to condense your wares.
- Get a Whiteboard
If you struggle to keep on top of what is in your cupboards, buy a whiteboard and note down in one column all the things that are running low on; and in the other column list the things that ran out last week and need replacing immediately. Once a system like this is up and running, you will waste much less time searching in the back of cupboards for things that you think you have, only to find them three weeks later after you have already replaced them.