Cleaning plan – Step 3 – Kitchen organization

If your kitchen isn’t up to your expectations, give it a makeover for more comfort and vibrancy by following the steps below.

  1. Take stock of the purpose of your kitchen. Is it for cooking, baking, eating and storing food? If so, move any items unrelated to the purpose of your space (such as papers, magazines, tools, etc.) to other, more appropriate rooms in your home.
  2. Identify the main categories of items that will be kept in your kitchen. For example:
  • Cookware – pans, saucepans, pots and lids.
  • bakeware – Cookie sheets, tart pans, cake pans and muffin pans.
  • accessories – coffee maker, toaster, food processor, bread maker and blender.
  • kitchen tools – vegetable peeler, egg slicer, thermometer, corkscrew, manual can opener, box grater, cutting board, rolling pin, colander and sieve.
  • Utensils – spoons, forks, spatulas, flip flops, whisks, pastry brush and grill utensils.
  • Crockery, glassware and cutlery – plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery.
  • pantry items – spices, herbs, dry goods (flour, noodles, etc.), canned and bottled items (soups, Worcestershire sauce, etc.), and vinegar and oils.
  • Refrigerator and freezer items.
  • Cookbooks.
  • Under sink items – Trash and cleaning products.
  • Sort everything in your kitchen into the piles that represent the main categories identified in step #2. Start with all the items on the surface, and then move on to items stored in drawers, cabinets, and your pantry. If you have an extraordinary number of items to sort, you may want to get a large box for each category so your piles don’t get mixed up.
  • Delete and organize each category. Be determined to remove everything but the items you love and use. Reduce multiples of a single item, and dispose of old, seldom-used, and unwanted items by offering, giving, selling, or donating. Then put the rest of the items into subcategories, i.e. when you organize the pantry items, put together all the spices and all the dry goods, etc.
  • Decide where to store each category. Consider the size of each category, how often you will access each category, and where in your kitchen you will use each category. For example, place dishes near your dishwasher and cookware near your stove. Then double check your plan: Is there convenient and enough storage space available for each category?
  • Shop for space-saving containers, accessories, and accessories to make your kitchen as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Many kitchens suffer from a shortage of space, so using items like the following will maximize your space and make it more functional.
    • pull out cabinet organizers Make it easy to keep things together and provide easy access to items in the back of your closet. (Available at many home improvement stores.)
    • extendable steel shelves double space in your shelf area. (Available in Bed, Bath and Beyond).
    • wall shelving systems Free up counter space and make it easier to grab necessary utensils when cooking. (Available at Stacks and Stacks, IKEA, or home improvement stores.)
  • Place all items in your new container and/or space. And enjoy your reward… a kitchen that works well every day!
  • Please check back soon for the next installment of the cleaning plan.

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