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National Get Organized Month: Kitchen

By Karlyn, Jan 23 2017 08:47PM

Have you ever noticed how the room in your house with the couch in it is called the “living room,” but everyone tends to actually spend more time living in the room with the food? The kitchen is definitely the heart of the home, and when it’s an unmanageable mess, everything else seems to fall victim to chaos as well. But fear not! We’re here with three super-easy organizing tips to get your kitchen from totally unmanageable to totally livable, in celebration of National Get Organized Month!

TIP #1: Start with a clean slate.

This is the easiest way to kick the chaos: find out what’s making it chaotic in the first place. The best way to get started in organizing your kitchen is to pull everything out of the cabinets and divide it into piles on the kitchen floor: expired foods, baking, cooking, utensils, leftover containers, snacks, breakfast, and whatever else you can think of. Then you’ll know what you’re working with, and you can put everything back in a logical manner!

TIP #2: Think like a pro.

If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant or any other kind of “commercial”-type kitchen, you know that the magic is all in the system. The system in commercial kitchens include “stations,” labeling, and cleaning as you go.

Stations: Have logical “stations” set up. Have a designated spot for coffee or tea, with all the fixings and mugs near to the coffee maker or kettle. Have a designated spot for baking, with all the baking staples and cookie cutters in the same vicinity. Have a “prep station,” near the sink, with knives and cutting boards in the same area. These stations and others like it will help your kitchen life run smoothly and keep things organized.

Labeling: Keep the fridge from turning into a graveyard of leftovers! Have masking tape and a sharpie near the refrigerator so you can put a date on every single thing that goes in the fridge. That way when you see a date from more than a week ago, you know it’s time to toss it, and it won’t keep taking up space in your fridge for who knows how long.

Cleaning as you go: Take advantage of those “in-between” times to get a jump start on clean-up! Are you waiting for the water to boil? Throw some dishes in the sink! Are you waiting for dough to rise? Wipe off some countertops! Cleaning as you go will make the mess at the end smaller! And cleaning a small mess will be a cinch.

TIP #3: Have some fun.

Get creative with your storage solutions! You can re-use all kinds of crates, bins, and totes for hiding kitchen clutter. You can utilize the insides of cabinet doors, you can put up pegboard instead of a backsplash, you can use a magnet board as a spice rack! The possibilities are endless. The folks over at the Lifehack blog are full of even more great ideas for getting creative with your kitchen organization!

With these three easy tips, your kitchen will be an organized, functional place to live!

Happy organizing!

~Karlyn at A Better Rate Storage

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