When you’re trying to cook a meal, the last thing you need is to sift through clutter trying to find a tomato knife. You want all your utensils, cutting boards, pots and pans to be easily discoverable so that meal prep and cooking are a breeze. If your kitchen looks like it was hit by a tornado, it’s time to organize it.
Here are some smart tips to get your kitchen in order:
Throw out the freebies
When we order takeout or bring fast food home, there’s always a slew of extras that we don’t use. Everything from plastic cutlery to those little packets of hot sauce need to go. They’re taking up space in your kitchen, and let’s be honest here, you’re never going to use them. If you absolutely need to keep those cute little packets of McChicken Sauce, designate a small space in a drawer for them or house them in a cup or container somewhere that you’ll be able to see them. Remember, if you can’t see them, you won’t eat them.
Tackle the food
An overflowing fridge isn’t always a sign of a bountiful food shopping spree. It probably just means there’s stuff in there you forgot about. Go through your fridge and throw out or compost anything that’s no longer fresh. Do the same with your pantry and bring unopened canned goods to your local food bank.
Cuts like a knife
Knives are kitchen items we can’t do without, but finding a proper way to store them can prove challenging. Many people opt for a knife block because they don’t take up too much space. You can also try a wall-mounted magnetic strip if you don’t have the extra counter space. If you have pets or young children, knife blocks or wall-mounted strips aren’t a good option because they’re out in the open. Instead, get a drawer organizer that is designed for utensils to keep your knives out of reach of your little ones and your furry friends.
Let it pan out
Use the walls to your advantage and add hooks to mount pots and pans. Instead of cramming pots and pans into drawers and kitchen cabinets, hang them up to free up space. If you have limited wall space, try using a tension rod and some sturdy hooks in your cabinets to hang pots and pans.
With a little organization, your kitchen can go from a warzone to an organized dream area that makes you want to cook.