How to Organise Your Kitchen

This entry was posted on 6th December 2010

The kitchen has been called the heart of the home for a good reason. Pierre-Charles Monselet touched on a truth when he said, "Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table." Since almost all household activities are centred in this area, it’s no wonder that the kitchen can be the repository for clutter and other items. How many times have you spent precious minutes rummaging for a measuring cup or a filleting knife? An organised kitchen will save you more time for the finer things in life, such as cooking and dining with family and friends. Before you head to the shops to get all kinds of fancy storage containers and shelves, it’s better to declutter your kitchen and remove any unnecessary kitchen appliance or utensil. Be drastic and be brutally honest about which items you use most often. Remove anything that you have rarely used, no matter how expensive they are. You may have a family member or friend who can put that pasta maker to good use. Sometimes, you may find you have more than two of everything and these have to go, too. If you have thoroughly decluttered, you will reduce the need for more storage. After you have decluttered, divide your kitchen into activity centres. You can have an area for food storage, food preparation, cooking, baking, serving, cleaning, and waste disposal. You can keep items in the areas where they are needed or used. For example, the food preparation area could have a drawer with knives and a chopping board. The cooking area is where the pots and pans are found. The waste disposal area should be near the food preparation and cleaning areas. After you have designated the areas and arranged the related kitchen items on each, you can tackle the paperwork that almost always collect in every kitchen. First, decide on whether you want to designate a paper-sorting centre away from the kitchen. If you decide to keep the area in the kitchen, make a place for it and make it as tidy as possible. When you have already arranged your kitchen, make sure to clean as you go about your work. A little cleaning here and there is more manageable than a major cleanup done once a week. Make every effort to keep things in place and to declutter once in a while. Then you’ll a kitchen where you can cook and clean and have wonderful meals with your family without frustration or stress.

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