Organise your kitchen like a pro with these tips

2015-11-26 06:00

HAVE you ever walked into the kitchen and thought it looked like a war zone? Keeping it clean is one thing, but what about all the things that take up precious space?

Kitchen organisation requires a certain level of willpower, but it can be done. Simply follow the steps below and you’ll have a fully functional, aesthetically pleasing and homey kitchen in no time.

Best before dates exist for a reason

Go through all the food on your shelf and toss anything that has expired. Especially in that spice drawer. Old spices lose their potency and lead to bland food. Tinned and frozen food can be dangerous if kept too long. Ask the question, “would I eat this right now?”, if the answer is no you are unlikely to want to eat it in three months’ time either.

Make sure when you shop you put the new goodies at the back of the cupboard or the bottom of the pile. This means that the oldest items will be used first. Try to leave a bit of space in the cupboard so that you can reach to the back without having to repack the whole cupboard every time you shop.

Sharpen knives

No great chef would be caught dead with a blunt knife. Proper storage can keep them sharper for longer. Get a knife sharpener or take them to a professional knife sharpener, then store them on a magnetic knife rack. Tossing them in a drawer is what blunts them.

Store items in the place that you use them

For example, store your mugs, tea, coffee­ and teaspoons within easy reach of the kettle. This minimises the amount of walking around the kitchen you need to do to accomplish a task. You can create “mini-stations” for lunch-box-packing, baking, toast-making … you get the idea.

A place for everything and everything in its place

If it doesn’t have a place, get rid of it. Counter real estate is what makes your kitchen feel spacious - so put stuff away to keep the decks clear.

Storage containers can be used to great advantage

Pack similar items together into a basket or plastic container, this can be very handy for smaller items but keep an eye on these storage containers, they can become a dumping ground for things that don’t have a proper home and start to attract clutter.

Go vertical

Use hanging space as storage by hanging utensils on the wall or above your stove or pots on a pot hanger. But only store regularly used items in this way. If the items are seldom used then they will just collect dust, creating more work for you.

Easy labelling

If you transfer groceries into storage containers it is a good idea to label them (with the contents and the best before date). But beware of permanent labels or sticky labels that don’t wash off easily. These can be very limiting. Choose something with a mini-chalkboard finish, so it’s no hassle to re-label the container for a different ingredient.

What do you use the most?

Often used items should be packed on the most accessible shelves and seldom- used items should be packed on the bottom and top shelves, where they are out of the way.

Non-kitchen items

These do not belong in the kitchen and only clutter up your kitchen. Purge all the toys, clothes, stationery and other junk that builds up in your cooking space.

Make use of fruit bowls

Fruit bowls are not only an attractive way to store fruit, but actually increase the shelf life of the fruit. Keeping fruit wrapped in plastic bags or shut in a cupboard results in them ripening quickly and possibly rotting.

– Food24.

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