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Cleaning plan – Step 3 – Organizing the kitchen

If your kitchen doesn’t live up to your expectations, update it for comfort and pizzazz by following the steps below.

  1. Take stock of the purpose of your kitchen. Is it for cooking, baking, eating and storing food? If so, move all items unrelated to the purpose of your space (such as papers, magazines, tools, etc.) to other, more appropriate rooms in your home.
  2. Identify the main categories of items that will be kept in your kitchen. For example:
  • Cookware – frying pans, saucepans, pots and lids.
  • bakeware – Cookie trays, tart pans, cake pans and muffin pans.
  • accessories – coffee maker, toaster, food processor, bread maker and blender.
  • kitchen tools – vegetable peeler, egg slicer, thermometer, corkscrew, manual can opener, box grater, cutting board, rolling pin, strainer and sieve.
  • Utensils – spoons, forks, spatulas, flip-flops, whisks, pastry brush, and grilling utensils.
  • Crockery, glassware and cutlery – plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery.
  • pantry items – spices, herbs, dry goods (flour, noodles, etc.), canned and bottled items (soups, Worcestershire sauce, etc.), and vinegar and oils.
  • Refrigerator and freezer items.
  • Cookbooks.
  • under the sink items – Trash can and cleaning products.
  • Sort everything in your kitchen into the piles that represent the main categories identified in step #2. Start with all surface items and then move on to items stored in drawers, cabinets, and your pantry. If you have an extraordinary number of items to sort through, you may want to get a large box for each category so your stacks don’t get mixed up.
  • Delete and organize each category. Be determined to remove everything but the items you love and use. Reduce multiples of a single item and dispose of old, rarely used and unwanted items by offering them, giving them to someone else, selling them or donating them. Then put the rest of the items into subcategories, i.e. when you organize the pantry items, put all the spices and all the dry goods together, etc.
  • Decide where to store each category. Consider the size of each category, how often you will access each category, and where in your kitchen you will use each category. For example, put dinnerware near your dishwasher and kitchen utensils near your stove. Then double check your plan: is there convenient and sufficient storage space available for each category?
  • Shop space-saving pans, accessories and accessories to make your kitchen as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Many kitchens suffer from a shortage of space, so using items like the following will maximize your space and make it more functional.
    • pull out cabinet organizers make it easy to keep things together and provide easy access to items in the back of your closet. (Available at many home improvement stores.)
    • Steel extendable shelves double space in your shelving area. (Available in Bed, Bath and Beyond).
    • wall shelving systems free up counter space and make it easier to grab necessary utensils when cooking. (Available at Stacks and Stacks, IKEA, or home improvement stores.)
  • Place all items in your new container and/or space. And enjoy your reward… a kitchen that works well every day!
  • Please come back soon to see the next installment of the cleaning plan.

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