3 Tips to Help You Organize Your Kitchen This Weekend

An organized kitchen helps things run smoothly.

Yes, it's daunting, and it will probably take a few hours (at the least!), but reorganizing your kitchen can prove to be life changing. When everything has a home, you will be able to easily find what you are looking for, saving yourself a lot of hassle. Not to mention, it may even make you more willing to do some cooking. You already know that you should place the items you use regularly in the prime, easy-to-reach locations, but here are three more tips for organizing your kitchen that you may not be familiar with. 

Consolidate in Zones

You know when it's time to bake a cake and you have to grab the cake pans from the pots and pans section, the flour and sugar from the pantry, and the mixer from the appliance storage area? Not only is it annoying, but all of this running around the kitchen can really add up to a lot of frustration and wasted time. Instead, organize your kitchen by zones.

Hanging items frees up drawer space.

For example, chose a section of your counter where you will do all of your baking. In the lower cupboards, place any cookie sheets, rolling pins, and loaf and muffin pans. Next, put your go-to baking ingredients (e.g. sugar, food coloring, shortening, etc.) into the upper cabinets. Now when it comes time to bake, everything will be in arm's reach. Some other zones could include a cleaning area, a beverage corner, or a breakfast section.

Utilize the Walls

In many kitchens, the walls are reserved for pretty artwork. However, employing hooks and nails is one of the easiest ways to clean up your kitchen drawers and cupboards. Set up a row of hooks to drape the aprons, dishtowels, and oven mitts. Use a hanging rack over your island to display pots and pans. And don't be afraid to mount your telephone, calendar, or to-do list to clear up some counter space. 

Sliding shelves and drawer organizers are helpful.
Upgrade the Interiors

Most cupboards and drawers are not that user-friendly. They are simply wide-open spaces that are almost impossible to keep organized for more than a week. You have to dig around to find what you need, and you hardly feel like removing everything when it comes time to put something away. That's where sliding shelves and drawer organizers come in. When you can slide out an entire shelf, it becomes effortless to reach the big pan in the back. And when each utensil has its own section to call home, it is very easy to keep them all in place. Of course you can use silverware organizers for their designated purpose, but they are also ideal for small food items, measuring cups, and even the junk drawer.

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