Whether you’re starting from scratch in a new home or looking for a way to rearrange your existing kitchen to make it more efficient, the following tips should prove invaluable.
An efficient kitchen is essentially one that reflects your lifestyle. It involves organizing systems that meet your daily needs and help optimize your activities. An organized and efficient kitchen is also neat and clean because everything has a purpose and a place.
Let’s go over the five key steps to making your kitchen flow better.
Stop by your kitchen and be ruthless. Give away or sell things you don’t use. Throw away food, spices, and medicines that are past the expiration date.
Remove everything from your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Wash all shelves and interiors with warm soapy water. Rinse, dry, and add new shelf and drawer liners.
Designate certain areas for each task you do in your kitchen. Each zone should also have a related storage area that includes all the tools necessary to perform the tasks performed in this particular area of your kitchen.
For example, keep pots, pans, and kitchen utensils near your stove. Place pots and pans together to save space or hang a pot rack. Cookware can also be hung on hooks, stored in drawers with dividers, or, if you have space, stored in a container on the kitchen counter.
Things like your everyday dishes and silverware should be stored near the kitchen table, as well as the sink and / or dishwasher. Auxiliary shelves make it easy to retrieve everyday dishes (no need to remove lunch plates to reach plates) and divided silverware trays help maximize drawer space.
Keep similar items together, for example canned goods, baking supplies, snacks, etc. Sort the spices in alphabetical order to make them easier to locate.
Keep the food your family eats every day in an easily accessible place. One of the first foods our children accessed on their own was cereal. If they got up early, it was good to know that they could easily retrieve their own bowls, cereal, spoons, sugar, and milk.
Clean your counters of excess clutter. Remove large and little used appliances. Instead, store them in an appliance garage or kitchen cabinet. If the appliance is used infrequently, dispose of it entirely or at least store it somewhere else in your home.