The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the homes of many families. Proper kitchen organization is essential to being able to prepare meals in an efficient manner. There is no time to go searching for the right piece of equipment when you are in the middle of preparing a meal.
Keeping things in your kitchen arranged in an orderly fashion is a great way to make everything go a little bit smoother. Every detail from preparation to clean up can be improved upon with some forethought and planning.
You should look to your local grocery store for inspiration when planning how you will store your cooking supplies. When you enter the store, you can see that things are arranged by category. This is a great strategy to apply to your own home on a smaller scale. You do not have to follow the same pattern as the store as you fill your cupboards, but it certainly is an option.
Keeping foods of the same type together can help you to find just the right ingredient in seconds instead of minutes. Knowing exactly where things are stored can save you a great deal of time over the course of a year. Consider how much time is spent searching through poorly organized pantries and cupboards during each meal as you search for misplaced ingredients.
Utensils should be organized in the same way. If you have too many pots, pans and other implements to neatly store away out of sight, consider installing some type of hanging storage system as a way to keep things out of the way, yet organized. Pots and pans that nest lend themselves well to keeping organized, but many people struggle with storage containers.
If you have a mixed jumble of containers, many of which are missing lids, you might want to consider starting over from scratch and purchasing one decent set of storage containers which can be stacked and stored in an organized manner. They may cost a bit more when you buy them, but they are yet another way that you can save yourself considerable amounts of time.
When it comes to the refrigerator, you should be diligent about maintaining a system similar to what you will be using in your other storage areas. Much leftover food is wasted simply because it is pushed out of sight and mind. Most people have managed to find a container or two in the back of the refrigerator that they wish they had never opened.
This can be avoided by setting up a system in your refrigerator that rotates leftovers to the front as new items are added. You may also want to consider putting a date on your containers of leftovers by using masking tape. This can help eliminate the questions of exactly how old something is when you take out the container.
Maintaining kitchen organization does not have to be a difficult thing to do. Although the initial set up may take a bit of time, in the long run, keeping organized can save time and help eliminate waste.