How’s your kitchen looking these days? Need a little boost with your organization?
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There’s no doubt about it. We’re all busy. Between work, kids, carpooling, cooking, homework, and you name it, the minutes of the day rush by, leaving us thinking we barely have enough time to squeeze everything in, no less add anything new.
But then every once in a while we take a good look around the house and realize that this is not how we want it to look. No house has to be spic and span, with everything away all the time, but you shouldn’t feel panicked if the doorbell rings and someone pops over. Your house definitely doesn’t always have to be perfect, but it can always be presentable.
When you look at your house as a whole, the thought of getting it all organized can feel quite overwhelming. But, of course, it does not and cannot be done all at once, or even all in one week. If you break it down into smaller tasks, you will be amazed at how fast you can get it together and how painless it really is to do it.
Let’s get that kitchen together. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.
Refrigerator Door Revolution — Don’t get overzealous and take everything out of the fridge. Do one part at a time. Let’s stick to the door for this project.
Take out the whole sticky mess from the door and put it all on the kitchen counter.
Wipe each shelf of the door, as well as above and below with a Clorox wipe.
Now, one at a time, check the expiration dates of each item. Toss anything that is past its date, as well as anything you bought and just didn’t like. If you didn’t like it the first time, odds are you’re not going to use it or like it the second time. Add replacements and other necessities to your shopping list.
Next, wipe down the keepers with a wet paper towel and place them back on your counter, putting like items together. Now — the moment of truth… put everything back on the door again, placing like items together such as salad dressings, marinades, and condiments. It will make everything easier to find later.
- Sink Solutions and Counter Chaos — Okay, Okay, I know, this one seems like a big one. It’s often an intimidating task, but it will take you much less time than you think. Start by unloading the dishwasher. Put everything in the drawers and cabinets as if you were starting from scratch.
Don a pair of gloves (if you use them), grab a sponge, and start rinsing the dishes from the sink; and then load the dishwasher. With the sponge, try to wipe off anything that seems stuck on. As you’re rinsing the easy stuff, put the silverware, dishes, pots, and pans under the running water so they are “soaking,” even if it’s just for a few minutes. When the dishwasher is full, you’re done. Turn it on; meanwhile, let any remaining items in the sink soak.
Next, the counters: Before you begin, feel free to put some of the items away since this task only involves wiping. Use a Clorox wipe or a rag with Windex. Lift each item and wipe, lift and wipe, removing grime. You get brownie points if you decide to make piles of your countertop papers or clusters of like items you choose to leave out. I promise this task is much easier than you think.
- Tupperware Terrors — Are you keeping containers with no lids? Are you keeping lids with no container? Why? Toss, toss, toss!! Take out your containers and make sure every bottom has a top and every top has a bottom and throw away the loners… sorry! Don’t worry if your “collection” seems small. They multiply in no time!! Next, stack them together by shape to utilize the amount of room on the shelf.
Hint: Go with square-shaped containers, they fit next to each other better. There is a lot of lost space with the round ones. Check out one of my favorites.
- Spice Split — Clearing out your spices can be a tough job, and I’m not talking about the part where you have to take everything out and check the expiration dates; and I’m not talking about the part where you have to wipe down the shelf or drawer where you keep them either; and I’m not even talking about the part where you have to wipe down the rest of the bottles that are not expired — that stuff is easy! What I am talking about is getting rid of the spices that have been used once and then relegated to the back, never to be seen again. Even though it’s hard, you have to be honest and ruthless. You know if you aren’t going to use it again; you know if you hated that recipe, and you know if you’ve never seen it used again in any other recipe. Be honest with yourself. Don’t keep it just because you have room or paid good money for it. Break the cycle and toss it. Here are some great examples of ways to store your spices: here, here, and here.
- Useless Utensils – Utensils are like gadgets. They are fun to accumulate and use in different ways… once.
Kitchen space is a precious commodity, not to be given up lightly. It’s time to reclaim some space. Take out all your utensils and lay them together on the kitchen counter. Separate those silly ones that you never use, as well as the ones that have only one obscure purpose. I’m sure you have another one that can do double duty. Put them in the donate bag and out they go. Honestly, they will never be missed. Take your everyday ones and put them in a pretty canister on your counter. Here is a favorite of mine.
Remember: Whenever you finish a task, stand back, admire your work, and give yourself a pat on the back.
Is it easy for you to keep your kitchen together — or an ongoing struggle? Have any tips you want to share? Post them in the comments below. I’d love to hear!
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