The kitchen, the hub of almost all activity, can quickly become overrun with clutter if not organized properly. Here are some steps to organizing your kitchen that will streamline your activities and keep your kitchen looking neat.
Step 1 – Clear and Clean
During this step of organizing your kitchen, remove all items from countertops, cabinets and drawers. (Of course, if you’re limited in space you’ll need to use the countertops for temporary storage.) While everything is empty, take the time to clean each cabinet and drawer. This part of the process will take the most time but will allow you to move through the following step much more quickly.
Step 2 – Sort and Purge
While sorting your kitchen appliances and utensils into related categories, take the opportunity to get rid of any items you don’t use and to make a list of any items that need replacing. (Hint: I sometimes combine this step with step 1 above, essentially sorting as I pull its from the cabinets.)
Step 3 – Replace
You’re already on the last step of organizing your kitchen! Use this time to create centers of activity. (Some possible centers are Storage, Preparation, Cooking, Baking, Serving and Cleaning.) Replace your previously sorted items near where they will be used. Frequently used items may be stored in easy to reach places while items used infrequently, say only around the holidays, may be stored in the back of a cabinet or even outside the kitchen. Be sure to allow space for any items you plan to replace.
Step 4 – Paper
Don’t forget to tackle the paper that inevitably lands your kitchen. You may either designate an alternative location or create the proper space in your kitchen. Either way, be sure to implement a system to clear it regularly. (Hint: Many of my clients designate a ‘junk drawer’ for this purpose.)
Voila! You’re now ready to use your very efficient kitchen!