Organize Your Kitchen

Winter weather keeping you indoors? How about spending some time organizing the kitchen to help minimize your time spent preparing meals? Here are some organizational tips I found in “Real Simple” magazine to get you started. Hopefully some of them will help you in your daily pursuit to feed your family!

Tip #1: Contain messes by housing sticky or spillable food items on an easy-to-clean lazy Susan.

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Tip #2: Cookbooks are fine on open shelves, so long as they’re not exposed to humidity and grease from the fridge or stove. 

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Tip #3: Hang aprons, pot holders, and dish towels on pegs (mount them at least two feet away from the stove).

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Tip #4: Arrange your kitchenware by frequency of use, with everyday dishes on an easy-to-reach lower shelf and special-occasion pieces up above.

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Tip #5: Group objects by purpose and assign them to specific cabinets, as with the bakeware centralized here.

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Tip #6: Create a cooking zone around the stove, storing pots and pans as close to the range as possible.

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Tip #7: Keep plastic bags and wrapping together in a drawer near the refrigerator to make quick work of storing away leftovers

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Tip #8: Stow essential tools together within easy reach of your cooking area for efficient food prep.

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Tip #9: “File” plastic containers and their tops in orderly zones within the same drawer to keep them readily locatable.

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Tip #10: Lid racks neatly collect the tops to various pots and pans.

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Tip #11: Sliding shelf organizers make frequently used gear easy to access.

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Tip #12: Drawer organizers keep cutlery neatly separated, so you never have to rummage around for what you need.

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Tip #13: For no-fuss buffet service, present cutlery to guests in mugs or small pitchers.

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Tip #14: Even under-the-cabinets space can be well utilized, whether for lighting, an appliance, or, in this case, a dish-towel rod.

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Tip #15: Pots and pans double as artwork when like-colored kitchenware is put on display.

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Tip #16: Use glass-front cabinets to showcase your good china, antique bowls, or even canisters filled with pasta.

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Tip #17: Keep open shelves uncluttered by stashing items in airy rattan baskets.

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Tip #18: Organize your pantry shelves as you would a library, with food items grouped by category.

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Tip #19: Make it a snap for kids to grab snacks on the go with see-through wire baskets.

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Tip #20: Stash pantry items in the see-through pockets of an over-the-door organizer to virtually eliminate search time.

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Tip #21: Invest in a cart that can transport heavy dishes from kitchen to dining and act as extra counter space for cooking and entertaining.

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Tip #22: Another way to conserve precious storage space: Hang pots and pans, if your kitchen allows.

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Tip #23: A retractable book stand keeps a recipe at eye level while you’re working, then folds back under a cabinet when you’re done.

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Tip #24: Declutter kitchen counters by mounting basics―calendar, phone, to-do lists―on the wall.

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