How To Organise Your Kitchen Like A Professional.
Have you always wondered how the professionals keep their kitchens organised and running smoothly ? Here are some tips that will help you find the sweet spot in your kitchen!
I have an incredibly tiny kitchen , there is barely any room to swing a mouse let alone a cat! Cupboard space is very limited with 4 cupboards and 3 drawers, and one tiny counter top .
Coupled with the fact that I am a kitchen gadget fan , this can be quite taxing at times.
In my very tiny kitchen you will find :
- A spiralizer
- A popcorn maker
- A slow cooker
- A juicer
- A blender
- A toaster
- A toastie maker
- A actifry chip maker
All of which are used on a regular basis.
I have a kitchen drawer which holds
- 2 steak knives ,
- a wooden spoon,
- a pizza cutter,
- a garlic press,
- a multipurpose knife,
- 8 knives , 8 forks, 8 spoons and 3 teaspoons, (the other 5 were thrown in the bin by my 5yr old each time he’d finished his yogurt !)
A hanging rack which holds
- A sieve which my other half won’t discard even though we have a collinder .
- Measuring spoons which double up as serving spoons
- A knife sharpener (again my other half’s , I would love to throw this away)
- Bottle opener.
- Fish slice
- Potato peeler
I also own
- 4 pans
- 1 oven tray
- I casserole dish
- 1 lasagne tray
- 1 frying pan
- 1 muffin tray
- I cake tin
- Drinking bottles (stainless steel)
- Cats dishes (stainless steel)
- Glasses too many
- 6 mugs
- 8 plates, 8 side plates, 8 bowls
- 2 sandwhich boxes for school
- Copious amounts of cleaning products (my weakness)
- I mixing bowl
- I salad bowl
- I collinder
Everything else is food .
I do admit to being a slight food hoarder and I’m still trying to work on that .
As I’m writing this list I’m itching to throw some of it away !
Why am I telling you what I own ?
Because even though I have quite a lot of gadgets and a limited storage, everything is neat and tidy and can be found easily. The kitchen counters are totally clutter free and only have the kettle on top , unless my other half has been using the kitchen!
As you go through my list of things you will notice that , I don’t have hundreds of things I don’t use, this is the key to staying organised. When I open my kitchen drawer I only have one knive to choose from , and I know exactly where it is , I don’t need to rummage through a drawer full of unused stuff to find my favourite knife .
How To Organise Your Kitchen.
After getting rid of:
- Unused gadgets/ utensils /baking trays
- Broken / items
- Out of date food
- Unused food (food bought on a whim which is very unlikely to be eaten)
- Decorations / nic-nacs
- Cookery books ( unless used frequently then please store on the book case with other books )
Clean the area thoroughly.
- Look at your space and decide what you need by each area for convenience. For instance pans near the cooker. Cups near the kettle and coffee.
- Stuff used infrequently goes towards the back of the cupboards or up high .
- I put plates glasses and cutlery near the dishwasher as these are washed more often than other items so it’s quicker to put them away .
- Store washing powder next to the washing machine.
- Keep everything off counter tops and windowsills.
- Do not over stack shelves .
- Decorative items are not for the kitchen they get greasy then dusty, save the decor for somewhere else if you must!
Food is something we need to keep on top of and one of my personal struggles . Things can quickly go out of date and can be forgotten about at the back of the fridge and cupboards.
Cupboard stock .
- Don’t overstock , it’s easier to see what you need if you’ve not got loads of stuff in your cupboards .
- Get rid of any food you don’t use on a regular basis .
- Put lesser used food towards the back of the cupboards.
- Make sure everything is sealed and labelled (preferably in Tupperware) after opening to prevent spillage .
- Bring stock forward and place new items behind old after shopping .
- Wipe the bottom of jars after use before putting away.
- Always shop the day after you have cleaned out your fridge, this makes it easier to use up leftovers and to unpack fresh food.
- Use your Juicer to use up any fruit and vegetables, this can then be frozen and added to stews , casseroles and pasta or curry sauces as you need it.
- Keep a basket in the fridge for food specifically for packed lunches, such as yogurt tubes, fruit, cheese, spreads ( portioned in easy to grab bags for speed in the mornings.)
- Use a chalkboard chalkboard or a wipe board to write down the use by/ best before dates of fresh food going into the fridge, so when meal planning you can use shorter dated food first at the beginning of the week.
- No paperwork in the kitchen! (unless you have a work station in the kitchen keep all paperwork out of there! )
- Don’t stick things to the outside of the fridge! Keeping the fridge clutter free makes it easier to clean.
- Keep the surfaces clutter free at all times, its quicker and easier to clear up immediately after every meal when the surfaces are clutter free, the added bonus is that your kitchen will always look immaculate if you follow this rule!
- Empty the bin daily even if it’s not full, this prevents the less house proud members of the family stacking stuff on top or even next to a full bin ! It also prevents flies and nasty smells!
- Deal with the dishes after every meal , snack or meal prep, Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink !
If you try to introduce a few of these steps at a time you should start to notice a difference almost immediately.
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