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10 Steps to Organize Your Kitchen

A kitchen usually acts as the hub of a home.  Many kitchens are used not only for preparing, cooking and cleaning up meals, but also for paying bills, doing homework, entertaining, snacking and more.  To organize your kitchen, break the task up into the following ten components:

1.  Countertops:  Remove everything from your countertops.  Wipe off the counters.  Replace only the items you use every day.

2.  Refrigerator/Freezer:  Take everything out.  Clean the inside.  Assign a shelf to leftovers.  Keep beverages together.  Put condiments together.

3.  Under the Sink:  Clean it out.  Consider adding a shelf.  Put back only dish detergent, scouring pads, trash bags and a few other necessities.

4.  Cooking Supplies:  This includes pots and pans and potholders.  Gather these items and store them near the stove.  Microwave cookware is the exception.  Store it near the microwave.


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5.  Baking Supplies:  Cookie sheets and muffin tins belong together near the oven.

6.  Preparation:  Store cutting boards, peelers and knives together near an island or food prep area.

7.  Clean Up:  Keep storage containers and wraps near the sink for easy after dinner clean up.  Store only a week's supply of containers, with lids on, for easy retrieval.  Keep a back up supply with your holiday decorations.

8.  Pantry/Food Storage:  Try to set up a pantry near your kitchen (closet, rolling cart, shelving unit) for food storage.  If that's not possible, keep similar food items stored together in the kitchen.

9.  Serving Pieces:  Store serving bowls, trays, cutlery and plates near the table.  Keep beverage glasses near the fridge or sink since you'll fill them before placing them on the table.

10.  Information Area:  Fill a folder with take-out menus, kitchen appliance manuals, important phone numbers and your meal planner.  Place it in a drawer or attach it to the inside of a cabinet.

It's important to remove from your kitchen any item(s) you don't use regularly.  Consider storing holidays cooking items with holiday decorations.  Sort through cooking utensils and get rid of duplicates.  It's easy to organize a kitchen once you understand the ten basic parts.

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February Tips

  You'll love the increase in storage space when you install a pull out shelf or a lazy susan in a cabinet. 

  Place baskets or attractive containers where clutter accumulates in your home and office.  You can at least contain it so it looks better.  Then, just make time at least once weekly to go through the container and put items away where they belong.

  Use a project folder, a file box or a tote bag to keep a project together and organized.  Even if you have twenty bags filled with projects, at least they are sorted and easy to use and not just a pile of clutter on the floor or desk.

  Keep an ongoing list of things to do.  Write it on your phone or in a small notebook you keep in your bag so you don't lose the list.  Add to it daily and hopefully, mark off items daily.

  Save yourself time and stress by making up a menu of items your family enjoys.  Then, choose seven meals from it weekly before you go grocery shopping.  Need some help?  Read "8 Steps to Organized Meal Planning."

  Treat paperwork at home like you do (or should) at the office.  Set up a "refer to" file or basket for your spouse and older children.  Designate a container as an in-box for home.  Sort, recycle and file.  Don't let paper pile up.  Read "9 Tips to Control Your Paper at Home."

  Try to organize one room in your home each month this year.  Start with your kitchen this month.  Read "10 Steps to Organize Your Kitchen" on this page.  You can do it!

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