A kitchen is often the most used room in a home. If your kitchen has become a nightmare, and you cannot find items you need quickly, you may wish to purge through items and make it more efficient. When is the last time you went through your plastic storage container to verify you have lids for every container? Possibly, you have a lot of recipe books taking up unnecessary space on your countertop.
The first thing you need to do is go through all your storage items in the kitchen. Find matching lids for each storage container. If you find items without the other piece, – lids or containers – throw the items in the trash or donate them to your local thrift shop. This immediately creates more space in your kitchen cabinets for other items.
Remove all your dishes from your cupboards and go through them. If you have dishes you do not use on a regular basis, set them aside for now. Throw away or donate dishes you no longer need, want or use. When placing your dishes back in your cupboards, place dishes you use often towards the front of the cupboard. Group your dishes according to what they are -for example; group all your large dinner plates together, etc.
If you have a large variety of cookbooks sitting on your cupboards, remove them. Place your recipe cookbooks on a shelf in the kitchen or on top of your refrigerator. The top of the refrigerator works well to store cookbooks, as it keeps them in the kitchen and has ample space for storing them. Place cookbooks you don’t use often towards the back of the refrigerator. This space is often forgotten about, but can hold and store the cookbooks. This frees counter space you can utilize for other things, for example, kneading bread.
Organize your pantry. If your pantry is not organized, organizing it creates space you did not realize you had. Group items together – for example, canned vegetables, canned soups and boxed noodles. Do not forget that you can stack canned vegetables on top of one another. This also allows you to easily know what items you have in your pantry. Place large items on the lower part of the pantry – for example, cereal boxes and smaller items on the top shelf of the pantry. This prevents you from having to bend over and search for a small can of food.