Kitchen Organization 101

by Jane VanOsdol on February 7, 2011

The kitchen is one of the most-used rooms of the house. Between cooking your meals and entertaining friends and family, it gets a workout. Considering the number of times you open and close your kitchen cupboards each week , it may be a good idea to revisit your organization. Have you stored things in the most logical places to make your cooking chores as efficient as possible?

If you’re like many of us, when you moved in you had good intentions of organizing. But as moving days often go, fatigue may have won out over planning, or someone else may have helped you unpack, so things just got put away haphazardly.

If the last time you thought about the organization of your kitchen was the day you moved in, taking the time now to organize even just one or two cupboards correctly can make a big difference in the overall function of your kitchen. Let’s consider three simple tips to help you get control of this area.

Tip #1

Organize your pots and pans. There’s nothing worse than trying to pull a pan out from the bottom of a big stack. Usually the whole stack comes crashing down, or you have to move everything to get to the one on the bottom. And forget about finding the lid. It’s usually lost in a different cupboard. The first thing you can do to reduce frustration in the kitchen is to weed out your collection of pots and pans. Put the ones you rarely use in storage, and then put the ones you use all the time in the cupboard that is closest to the oven. Purchase a lid rack for the lids and stack them neatly next to the pots. If you have large pots that won’t fit in the cupboard, consider purchasing a hanging pan rack and hang them in a spot close to the oven.

Tip #2

Organize your bakeware. Weed through your bakeware and put in storage what you rarely use. Then organize your most used things into a cupboard closest to the counter where you do your baking and prep work. Make it easy to simply reach in and grab your dish. Cooking won’t seem like such a chore if you can quickly get the pots and pans and bakeware you need.

Tip #3

Install a few pullout racks in your cupboards. This is a small home improvement, but it makes a big difference. You can purchase these pullout racks in stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They’re especially handy for those deep cupboards where you have to reach way into the back to find the pans you have stored there. And they work great for your heavy ceramic mixing bowls. Measure your cupboard opening carefully and then choose the correct size rack at the store. You’ll have easy access to your most used items, and you won’t have to try to lift heavy bowls out of the back of your cupboards.

Taking the time to revisit your kitchen organization and installing a few pullout racks will make a dramatic difference in the usefulness of your kitchen. You’ll get your jobs done faster and with less frustration.

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