This week on the Home Organization Series, we are tackling the kitchen. This is by far the most trafficked area in your home. And, the kitchen is also the place where guests can begin to feel like part of the family. Sitting around the table drinking coffee or sharing a meal tears down the polite businesslike exchanges and cultivates friendships. Having a neat and tidy kitchen only makes the feel of your home that much more inviting.
Yep, you know the drill by now. Grab your six boxes, and for this room it's a good idea to have some cleaning rags on hand to wipe down the surfaces as you go. I found my kitchen felt quite dirty as I sorted through the drawers and cabinets, so I wiped down each one as I went.
I started with my pantry, fridge, and freezer. All old and expired food gets thrown out. Group like foods together. Use round-a-bouts, pantry risers, and containers to keep like items organized and easy to access. Keep the products closest to expiring toward the front (or at the top, depending on what kind of storage space you're working with) so you don't forget about them and can use them before they go bad.
I took everything out and piled it all on my dining room table. Anything I didn't use on a regular basis or seasonally (such as Christmas or Thanksgiving), was donated.
How many coffee mugs and casserole dishes do you really need anyway?
The seasonal dishware can be stored in the higher cabinets that are harder to reach, while the day to day items should be down low. Use dividers and containers to keep smaller items such as silverware, serving spoons and spatulas, and other cooking utensils from becoming one giant heap in the drawer.
I like to keep my whisks, spatulas, and wooden spoons in decorated mason jars on the counter next to my stove for an easy grab when I'm cooking. All other utensils are tucked away in a drawer using dividers and baskets.
Who doesn't struggle with the never ending Tupperware battle? We all need the Tupperware to store food. But we all hate how it accumulates over time until you open the cupboard and it's an avalanche of plastic falling on your head.
My biggest advice for this is to rid yourself of the containers frustrating you. You know, the ones that don't seal properly or the ones missing a lid altogether. Yeah, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life. Toss 'em.
And then, when you store them, fasten the lids on and stack like sizes together. I recommend buying the containers that lock together when stacked, so they don't fall over when you go to grab a Tupperware.
The Sink and Counter Tops
Avoid using the counter and sink as storage space, especially if your kitchen is like mine and has limited counter space. I keep a kitchen mixer and coffee maker on the counter by our sink and that's it, unless we need to whip out a drying mat while washing dishes. On my other counter by the stove I have a knife block, a round-a-bout, and a couple mason jars. But they are displayed nicely without being crammed full of random cooking ware.
Maintaining Your Kitchen
The kitchen will inevitably attract messes and dirty dishes throughout the day. There's no avoiding it. But here are a few tips to keep up with the messes:
This is like the coffee talk corner. Sometimes I give organization tips or relationship advice, but a lot of times I'm just sharing about the everyday moments that make up my life.