A Guide To A More Organised Kitchen (Goodbye to Clutter in 9 Steps!)2014 Mar 21 | Written by: Sharee Narciso | Tags: Decoration
A Guide To A More Organised Kitchen (Goodbye to Clutter in 9 Steps!), Is this how you feel in your kitchen everyday? There is no one perfect kitchen, but it is never acceptable to be untidy and unorganised in the one place where you cook and prepare food. Food hygiene isn’t the only reason to try to make your kitchen a more organised space. Here are some pointers:
- Safe and clean food for family friends
- Avoidance of accidents from knives, heated surfaces, slippery floors, etc.
- A warm, inviting and comfortable place to spend time in
- Efficient cooking and working in the kitchen – you know where everything is and where everything goes
- Guests will love to come over more often
If you want to have any – or all – of these, then sit back and have a go at these 9 simple and easy steps I’m about to share with you. Your kitchen will surely look better in no time – you’ll find yourself spending more time cooking or just hanging out in this room!
#1: Your Own Cookbook Library
Even the best chefs have a number of cookbooks by their side. So the answer is No – do not throw out those culinary cheat sheets! Instead, arrange them either in a magazine rack or shelf them up as you would your books. It doesn’t matter if you store them out in the open – this way you can reach for them easily whenever you’re whipping up a new recipe – as long as they aren’t too close to the source of heat, humidity or possible water splashes. So place them away from the stove, sink and refrigerator.
Don’t have cookbooks to brag yet? Check out our collection of helpful cookbooks:
#2: Get Hanging!
Running out of space is one of the most common problems when organising in the home. This applies to most kitchens, too, especially if you have lots of utensils, appliances, cookware pieces and accessories. The only thing you can do is to maximise the space that you do have. To accomplish this, we need to think both horizontally and vertically – and using hooks and bars is a great way to do so. The items that you can hang – either on wall mounted hooks and bars or over-the-cabinet hooks – include aprons, pot holders, dish towels, tea towels, coffee mugs and tea cups, and cooking utensils.
- Ladelle Life Can Get Messy Apron
- Siliconezone Piggy Pot Holder
- Orla Kiely Abacus Tea Towel
- Interdesign Twillo Towel Bar
- Umbra Birdseye Wall Mounted 10 Hook
#3: Dedicate a “Cooking Zone”
A “cooking zone” is the part of the drawers or cabinets where only cookware items are stored. This is ideally placed near the stove, so that it is easy to pick up an item during cooking or baking. It is a lot more organised and neat if you have cookware sets, so that they all naturally go together – but this also applies to various cookware items. This also prevents pots and pans from being scraped and damaged when stored with other utensils, especially sharps. You can pick one large drawer or a whole shelf for your cookware.
Thinking of buying cookware sets? Here are our – and our customers’ – favourites:
- Scanpan Impact 10pc Cookware Set
- Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Copper Induction 6pc Set
- Cuisinart Chef iA+ 6pc Cookware Set
#4: Keep Your Tools in Check
Are you one of those people who start off really organised and proper in the kitchen but after a few weeks starts losing control of where everything is (phew!)? Well – if that’s the case, you should take this advice by heart. The solution is pretty simple: Have a compartment or holder for different types of items. Most importantly, kitchen and serving utensils. It is important to not mix these with other items – such as knives and sharps – because they might receive or cause damage. Instead, place knives in sheaths or knife blocks. For basic utensils, utilise utensil holders. If you don’t have any, you can get creative and instead use large mugs or small ceramic pitchers.
Need an example? Here are our top utensil holders:
- Ashdene La Cocina Utensils Holder
- Casa Domani Rustica Utensil Holder
- Maxwell & Williams Cottage Kitchen Utensil Holder
#5: Lids on a Rack
Dish racks are commonly used for, well, dishes. But did you know that you can also use them for drying, storing and compiling pot and pan lids? This is a hefty way of neatly organising them without consuming much space. Nothing complicated: just lids hanging around in a dish rack.
Here are our most recommended racks from our shop:
#6: Shelves, Shelves, Shelves!
Another principle that comes to mind when talking about organising spaces with limited leg room is to utilise walls. As mentioned earlier, we can use hooks, bars and other means of ‘hanging’ stuff. The same applies for wall-mounted shelves. They require no floor space but are still very much capable of stacking a significant number of stuff. Ideally, use a shelf for storing the same type of items – for example, cups and mugs go together, spices go together, and so on. This makes everything more organised and it’s easier to look for stuff later on when you already know where they belong in the first place.
If you don’t have wall-mounted shelves, do not fret – you can use stackable shelves to create your own vertical storage haven. You can add as few or as many as you need. This principle is also applicable in other rooms of the house, including the bath and bedroom.
Here are our recommended shelves and caddies:
#7: Organise Your Drawers
As we said a couple of times earlier, it’s important to store items of the same type together. If you are using drawers or cupboards for storing utensils and kitchenware, be sure to use compartments to separate items properly. For example, cutlery shouldn’t mix with other tableware or serveware. Luckily, there are lots of pre-made trays and sets that allow you to easily compartmentalise your stuff.
These are our favourite cutlery trays that can easily fit in drawers and cupboards:
#8: It’s A Basket Case!
— but only in a good way. We’re talking about wooden, lattice, wire, wicker and bamboo baskets. Those that really have an organic and homey feel to them. These are baskets are actually old news – they’ve been around for a while, used in bedrooms, living areas, even garages and basements. But they can also be used for storage in the kitchen. Place the baskets in open shelves or open cupboards. You can use these to neatly keep kitchen linen, crockery, special china, and so on. You can even store packaged goods like cereal boxes and canned goods if you’d like. This makes it easy to store stuff in an organised manner. You make it so that items that are often used together are stored in one box – this will save you time and energy the next time you’ll be needing and using them.
We’ve got tons of baskets to choose from – but these are my favourites:
#9: Let it Show
Our last but equally important tip: See-through storage. This is perfect for those of us who often forget where we placed something or what a certain container has inside. This is great for storing either fresh produce, spices and herbs, serveware, kitchenware, and whatever you need to constantly see. You can then place the see-through basket, tray or container in the fridge, countertop or cupboard accordingly. In conjunction with the other tips mentioned earlier, again, remember to not mix different types of things in one container – especially with produce and cutlery.
Here are different types of see-through storage solutions you might be interested in:
There you have it! I hope these tips help you on the way towards culinary hygiene and peace of mind in the kitchen!
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