Making Your Kitchen
"Work" for You
How do you make sure your kitchen functions at its best? By following these steps, you'll have a kitchen where everything you need is at your fingertips!
Most of us have collected more kitchen items then we actually use. And anytime you are storing something you don't use, you are reducing your options for storing the items you do use and want to access easily.
So if that waffle iron, salad spinner, cake plate or electric wok, are just taking up space, now is the time to let them go! Also, ask yourself just how many of each item do you really need. For example, do you actually need the 6 pasta serving bowls, 10 spatulas, 30 pieces of Tupperware and 25 coffee cups that you have collected over time? Keeping too many of a useful item can also eat into your available space and storage options.
Make Good Choices (For You)
Clients often tell me they chose where to put their kitchen items based on where they seemed to fit best or "just because." THERE IS A BETTER WAY! Follow these 3 guidelines to ensure you are purposefully choosing places that make sense for how you use your kitchen.
Put Things you Use Most Where They are Easiest to Access
Think about which kitchen cabinets, drawers and shelves are the easiest for you to access and then identify the things you reach for on a regular basis. These items should go in those spaces! So if you bake only occasionally, you don't need to keep your bake ware in your "best" space. Likewise, if you have certain serving pieces which you use several times a week, you'll want these to be stored where they are easy to get to.
Keep Things Near to Where they are Used
For example, keep cooking oils, pot holders, pots and pans near the stove. Put drinking glasses near the fridge and/or the sink and keep your mugs in the cabinet right above your coffee maker.
Is your utensil drawer huge and hard to sift through to find what you need? Try splitting these items into 3 categories: Cooking utensils should be placed in a drawer or in a counter top holder near the stove; Food preparation utensils (potato masher, peeler, garlic press, etc.) should go in a drawer nearest the counter top where you prepare food; and Serving utensils (serving spoons and forks, ice cream scoops, pie servers) should go in a drawer near your serving pieces and/or dishes.
Keep the Things you Use Together in One Place
When you keep things together that go together, it's easy to assemble what you need. For example, if you put all the dishware that you use on a regular basis together then it's easy to set the table and empty the dishwasher. When you put all of your entertainment serving pieces together, it's easy to choose what pieces to use. By keeping the food wrap near the Tupperware, putting away leftovers is a snap and by keeping your mugs and coffee supplies together, you can make your morning coffee even if you aren't fully awake!
You may find that you have to pull your kitchen apart to put it back together in a way to makes the most sense for your needs -- but I promise the results will be worth the effort!