Kitchen Organization Tips
These kitchen organization tips will help you in organizing your freezer, fridge, pantry and spices.
Kitchen Organization Tips for the Freezer
Group similar foods together in the freezer, such as veggies, desserts and entrees, so that you can quickly find what you are looking for. If you cook ahead and freeze your own prepared meals, try using sturdy containers that are easy to stack. It's best to use containers that are similar in size for maximum stackability. Label everything with the date that you put the item in the freezer and rotate the items so the oldest ones are in the front and the newer ones are in the back. This will ensure that everything is eaten before it gets freezer burn which comprises the taste or needs to be thrown out - which costs you money.
Kitchen Organization Tips for the Fridge
Allocate specific shelves in your fridge for certain items. For example, keep produce in the drawers, condiments all together in the racks of the fridge door, always in the same place, use your top shelf that is front and center for items that are used many times a day such as water and juice, and the bottom shelf for leftovers.
Keep other foods in clear, stackable containers to use your space to the maximum and to quickly identify what you have. Stretch out the freshness of produce by keeping them in produce saving bags or containers.
Designate one day a week, best if done before shopping, to throw out food that is past their expiry date and to avoid overcrowding, as you will be buying fresh food.
Kitchen Organization Tips for the Pantry
Throw out all items that has not been used within the last year and a half, and for canned goods, in the last year. Create sections in your pantry that is organized by meals - a breakfast shelf for peanut butter, honey and cereal, a lunch shelf for granola bars and tuna, a dinner shelf for canned vegetables and pasta, and a dessert shelf for baking supplies and pudding mixes. If there are children in your house, create a snack shelf of parent-approved treats.
Store cereal, pasta, rice and other dried foods in plastic storage containers that are clearly labeled. If you do have boxes, line them up with their 'spines' facing front (like library books). Place seasoning packets, gravy packets, etc. in a clear, small plastic tub for easy access.
If you can, store the most frequently used items at eye level. Find a lower shelf for paper storage and keep all paper plates, napkins and towels together. Also on a lower shelf or the floor, keep heavier items such as boxes of soft drinks and juice.
For extra space saving, add a door-mounted organizer to store more canned goods. Other great products are caddies to store food wrap such as foil and wax paper and sturdy baskets for potatoes, onions and garlic.
Kitchen Organization Tips for Spices
Keep spices on a spice rack and place the most frequently used ones in the front row. If a shallow drawer is available near the stove, lay all of your small spice jars in this drawer. There are spice organizer products available to keep them from rolling around in the drawer. Be sure to keep them label side up, so that you can see them all at once and easily find them.
Dried spices tend to lose their flavour after six months. Toss old spices or ones you don't use anymore. An easy way to keep track of this, is to write the date you bought the spice on the bottle with a black marker.
General Kitchen Organization Tips
A great economical and environmentally friendly idea for organizing your kitchen is reusing shoe boxes and checkbook boxes. Use shoe boxes to store items such as candles, cookie cutters and appliance accessories. Checkbook boxes are perfect for storing smaller items such as batteries and matches. Remember to use these containers to keep "like items" together.
Use square containers as much as possible to take up less space, as they fit more efficiently on shelves than round ones.
School age children can make their lunches faster and easier when there is a lunch-making section in your kitchen. Create an area and stock it with lunch boxes or brown bags, food wrap and/or baggies and small containers.
Organize It Now!