We’re all looking for ways to save time and money. Simply having an organized kitchen can help you with both and who knows- you may even find a few things to recycle or repurpose while you’re at it.
Like many, our kitchen is the heart of our home. Though it may not be the most centrally located room in the house, it’s definitely one of the most used. It still needs a bit of love, but that doesn’t stop us from making the most of what we have. And while I would love to have a larger kitchen, I’m definitely appreciative of my space.
But, let’s face it, if the kitchen is a disorganized mess, it will no longer be the most popular place in the house.
The kitchen should be the center of the home and a place that is warm and welcoming rather than messy and mixed up. There are several great ways to keep an orderly kitchen.
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Put It Away
Rule number one for any orderly kitchen is to put everything that is on top of the countertops away. Even if it is something you use everyday, place those items in the cupboards above or the cabinets below. Taking everything off the countertops makes the kitchen look neat and organized, and it also makes it appear larger.
Purge a Little
In order to make your kitchen more efficient, it is necessary to give it a thorough clean-out once in a while. Check to see what you have lurking in the back of your cabinets, and see if there is anything such as flour or sugar that has expired. Chances are you needed to make a recipe with a little flour and are now stuck with a five pound bag of it.
Once you have purged, you can go ahead and reorganize the items you need most frequently by moving them up front and center.
Organize by Category
One of the best ways to organize a kitchen is to organize by category. Place all of your canned goods in one area and all of your baking goods in another while your spices are in their own little world.
Using Space Wisely
A great way to organize your kitchen and make it more efficient is to use baskets. When you clump a set of ingredients for a special meal you love into one basket, all you have to do is pull out the basket, use the ingredients, and store it right back away again. This saves you time and keeps everything nice and organized.
Don’t Forget the Walls
Make as much use out of your walls as you possibly can for optimal efficiency. Shelves that can store food processors, blenders, and special kitchen gadgets leave more room on your countertop for the actual preparing of meals.
With a little effort and a little extra planning, your kitchen will run smoothly and efficiently and be a joy for the whole family.
And one of the best things about organizing your kitchen? You’ll often find things that you’ve either forgotten about or that you can find a whole new use for. Our family loves to save coffee cans, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, etc. Here are just a few ways that we save money in our kitchen.
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One of the biggest producers of waste in any given household is the kitchen. You’ve got plastic bags, egg cartons, jars, compost and various kinds of other waste. Most households just waste all of these items, resulting in wasted money as well as damage to the environment.
Instead, you can reuse a lot of the common items in your kitchen. Here’s how.
People often throw away old scissors. After all, they’re quite difficult to sharpen. Most knife sharpeners are just too big to use on a pair of scissors.
Here’s a tip: use sandpaper instead. Using sandpaper, you can easily sand the edge of your scissors until they’re sharp again.
Just spend ten minutes sanding as you’re watching TV or listening to some music. They’ll be good as new.
Various Jars and Bottles
Instead of throwing out your jars, come up with creative uses for them.
For example, you can use them to store common types of stationery. Small jars can be used to store paperclips or thumbtacks. Larger jars can be used to hold pens and pencils.
Used bottles can also be put to great use. For example, used ketchup bottles can be used as bottles for your homemade salad dressings.
What are you doing with your food waste? Instead of throwing it away, consider using it for compost.
It’s very simple: just put all your compostable foods in one basket. That means any fruit peels, veggie peels and some leftover foods (not bones).
When it gets full, just dump out the basket into an empty patch of your garden. The compost will break down in the soil, giving you a very mineral rich environment to plant new plants.
Old Cereal Boxes
This is a very creative and easy way to make use of old cereal boxes.
Take a pair of scissors and cut the cereal box diagonally. Now you have a magazine holder! You can also use it to store tall books or anything else that stands up vertically.
Foil and Wrapping
Foil and wrapping can both be reused in their original form. Just be a little more careful when you’re unwrapping and you can often just reuse the same piece of material.
There are a lot of ways you can reuse in your kitchen. When in doubt, ask yourself: Is there a way I can reuse this?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.