By Janet Myers | September 16, 2018
You can create the kitchen design of your dreams, but it’s still a nightmare if you can’t keep it organized. An organized kitchen can give you a sense of calm, cleanliness, and function. Here are a few ways to get started.
Chances are, you have a lot of things you aren't using in your kitchen. Whether it's old Tupperware containers that don't have a lid, spices that expired several years ago, or a cooking gadget you've never used, there are plenty of things you can get rid of.
To decide what you should and shouldn't keep, take a physical inventory of everything you have. Clean out all the shelves, drawers, and cabinets, and put everything on the kitchen table. Separate things into a donation pile, a garbage pile, and a keep pile.
Now that your storage areas are empty, it's a great time to do a deep clean of every nook and cranny. Give every surface a good wipe down using warm water and soap to clear away crumbs, dirt, and any other stains. This is also a good time to add liners on your drawers to make cleaning easier in the future.
Before you start putting everything away, separate your items into categories to make them easier to find. For example, gather all your baking items together and decide where you'll put them. If you bake a lot, try to store them somewhere that's easily accessible. If you have items you use less often, such as seasonal dishes or special occasion glassware, they might earn a spot in the back of the cupboard.
Keep in mind that if there's something you don't use that often, it might be better to give it away rather than to waste space storing it. Additionally, organizing items by need instead of by type can also be very useful.
Each area of the kitchen should ideally be organized by use. For example, have an area designated for chopping vegetables and meat and an area specifically for your coffee pot. Not only will this help you know where everything is, but it will make sure you always put everything away in the right place. Ideally, store everything near where you use it so you won't have to search high and low when you want to cook a meal.
Shelves and drawers aren't the only places you can store items. Don't forget that you have walls to hang things on, which can be especially convenient for frequently used utensils and measuring devices. Keep the items you use most at eye level so you can quickly grab them when in a rush.
Even if you just make a few of these changes in your kitchen, you'll find it far easier to keep things organized and tidy. Need more help keeping things organized? Contact David Gray Design Studio today to discuss how we can remodel your kitchen for better efficiency.