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Having an organized kitchen is a great way to spark enthusiasm to cook in the kitchen.
Doing so makes creating meals fun, mainly if your kitchen is organized, unlike what mine used to look like.
You don’t need to get all Marie Kondo kitchen organization wild; however, minimalism and space are essential.
In my last post, ‘Happiness is everything; Saving Money, Buying Time,’ I blogged about my quest to de-clutter my kitchen.
The idea is to spend less time trying to keep it clean and organized so I can spend more quality time with my family.
My Organized Kitchen Before and After Photos
Besides having a clean kitchen where everything has its place, it can still be a disaster zone.
Ideally, you’ll want a clean kitchen with minimal clutter so it’s a functional, organized kitchen.
When I say functional, it makes finding what you are looking for easy and saves you time.
As you may have guessed, time is money, and saving it makes the user happy.
Wanting A Bigger Kitchen
Over the last five years, I wished I had a more oversized kitchen, nothing glamorous, mainly just a little more counter space.
I shared the post with a few of my friends, one being my awesome neighbour.
She shared some of her time and kitchen organizing tips with me, and we spent a couple of hours tearing my kitchen apart, and now I have an organized kitchen.
Having an outside point of view made me realize I don’t need a more oversized kitchen.
I need to make better use of my space and have less stuff!
Make Your Kitchen Make Sense
Step back and take a good look at your kitchen.
What could easily change to make your time in the kitchen more manageable?
I want counter space! Almost everyone I know wants more room to prepare food in the kitchen.
I have a pull-out cutting board that I have never really used. Why? Because my microwave was sitting on the counter directly above where it pulls out.
This structure left little room for any items for the food I was preparing on the counter.
The microwave was moved to the corner, and I have more counter space.
We often overlook the obvious, and perhaps I’ll use the cutting board now.
Something as simple as this has made my kitchen a lot more functional.
The top of my microwave has always been a magnet for clutter.
Does anyone else feel the same way?
Most likely, as does the top of the refrigerator,
My $20.00 radio sits on top to prevent this, opening up more space on the counter.
Avoid Working Around Things You Don’t Need
I had more kitchen gadgets, pots, and pans than I ever used or would likely use.
Why on earth did I have five baking dishes?
Ah yes, wedding presents, all were appreciated.
Still, I don’t need five Pyrex baking dishes, so they were donated to the Salvation Army this week.
I have two other ceramic baking dishes that will do me fine and are easier to clean.
Do all your storage, sandwich, and snack containers have lids, and do you know where they are?
I’ve drastically reduced the number of plastics on hand by pairing up lids with containers and removing the unpaired ones.
I also store them with lids, so I don’t have to spend time looking for a top when needed.
The idea is to give containers a more extended life before the inevitable separation from their lids while saving space and money.
It happens to everyone eventually.
Container Storage And Labelling The Pantry
Store goods such as cereal, flour, and sugar in containers and throw a label on them.
I also have one snack container for the kid’s snacks, such as granola bars and fruit cups.
Not only is it easier to organize containers, but it also helps to keep a kitchen inventory.
This form of kitchen organization will ensure your grocery dollars are spent on your needs.
Containers and labels can save you time making your grocery list when you can open the cupboard and easily see everything you have.
I need to buy more snacks when the kid’s snack container empties!
Clutter is stressful, and we all just want to be happy.
Common Sense Kitchen Organization Tips
Though these tips may seem common sense, when things pile up, and work gets away from you, not knowing where to start to catch up is a common problem.
This problem for some people is big enough that they keep working around these items daily while they pile up.
If clutter makes you unhappy, taking the time to do and eliminate it will pay off in the long run.
Some simple changes can make a big difference.
No need to ask yourself how to organize kitchen cabinets because you’ll already have it done.
Please keep it simple and remove what you don’t need or what is outdated.
Keep Your Spice List Simple
How should I organize my spices?
It’s simple, and if you take just a few moments, you can turn your chaotic spice cabinet into a space you crave using when cooking gourmet meals for dinner.
At the same time, rummaging through my spice cupboard to find that one spice I need, having to look through multiple shelves, one that I am too short of reaching without a stool, and dropping a bottle here and there, happened too often.
Instead, I am using the bottom shelf for my larger containers and having everything else in baskets on the other two shelves making finding that spice a lot less work, and I can reach the basket without a stool.
Alternate Kitchen Organization Ideas
- Pictures and magnets all over your fridge can make things feel cluttered. Use the sides of your fridge so you don’t always have to see them.
- Keep things you use regularly on shelves and cupboards at eye level or within reach. Store items only used occasionally higher up and away from something you use most often.
- Reduce the number of dishes you use, keep enough for one setting for each person in your household, and put the others up high. You will have to wash after every meal but you won’t have dishes piling up, and washing them should only take a few minutes.
Maximize the happy moments and eliminate the stress in your life.
I have enjoyed spending less time in my kitchen these last few days but even more enjoying the time I have spent in my new organized kitchen.
How happy I feel having this task done keeps me motivated to keep my kitchen organized and de-clutter the rest of my house.
Discussion: How could your kitchen be a time and money-saving tool?
Katrina contributes to Canadian Budget Binder and is as passionate about personal finance as gardening. Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years of experience with landscaping and greenhouse production.
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