Organizing your kitchen is an art form. As the most used room of the house and serving a great purpose (feeding your family), it’s also the most important. That means keeping it clean, tidy and orderly is key to a happy home. A kitchen that functions well is easy to navigate (finding things shouldn’t be a mission) and provides you with ample space to cook up a storm.
Here are 3 super simple ways to organize, systematize and arrange your kitchen space so mealtimes are a doddle.
Tip #1: Use jars and labels for everything
Spices, rice, pasta, flour, seeds and nuts, dried goods or just about anything that can be poured from one container to another should be placed in labelled mason jars for easy access. Not only does this keep your food cupboards looking uniform, but it will also help you save shelf space. No more playing Tetris with different packaging or wondering how much is left inside each one. Plus, airtight jars keep food fresher for longer.
There’s nothing more headache-inducing than rifling through a cupboard full of half-empty boxes, and miscellaneous packets in search of something that should be easy to find. With transparent jars, you can see the contents straight away – and that gives you a simple indicator for stocking up the next time you’re at the supermarket.
If you don’t want to spend money on fancy storage jars, just make sure you save all the used jars from your sauces, jams and pickles. This is a great way to re-purpose glass and prevent more rubbish going to our landfills.
For managing use by dates, you can add chalkboard stickers or reusable stickers. This means you can rub off the writing on the label and change it accordingly to fit your updated contents.
Tip #2: Add shelves, shelves and more shelves
There is nothing more important than storage in a well-organised kitchen. A house without dedicated places to store things ultimately leads to mess and clutter. Before you do anything when reorganizing your kitchen, first ask yourself, “Do I have enough storage for everything I need to cook with?”
The best kind of storage doesn’t take up too much floor space. So if you have a pantry or large store cupboard, that’s the area you need to optimize first. If you need to install new storage solutions, some great ideas includes wall shelving units, overhead handing units for pots and pans, or pull-out kitchen units.
If you don’t have the cash for a full redesign, some easy fixes are:
- Kitchen storage trolleys – these are mobile and can be moved around
- Door hanging storage racks – best for doors that aren’t used often such as storage cupboard doors or an unused back door
- Wall mounted organizers – suitable for small kitchens where workspace is scarce.
Tip #3: Consider vertical storage solutions
For those who are struggling because of ergonomics, keeping an orderly kitchen can feel impossible. A tiny kitchen doesn’t allow much margin for error. This means a little bit of mess can seem like a big deal. But if you simply have no room for cupboards, adopt a vertical approach instead.
Almost any tool or device used in your kitchen can be hung up. That means you could free up valuable space on your kitchen counters or free up drawers and cupboards for food. Use hooks, magnetic strips, or even a simple nail in the wall.
Try to keep a natural flow of movement in the kitchen by hanging things up in areas that make sense. For instance, hang utensils close to your cooker and keep all cleaning apparatus in an area away from food prep. This will make your life easier, the kitchen cleaner, and the head chef happier.
We hope that you found these tips helpful. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. For help with keeping your kitchen or home in order, take a look at the professional services available at TidyChoice. TidyChoice is the leading platform for cleaners and expert housekeeping services in London.