Hello everyone! Today I want to offer you some tips on organizing your kitchen for better efficiency of use.
When you moved into your current home and started unpacking, how much thought did you really put into the placement of your small kitchen appliances, dinnerware, flatware, cups, etc.? The truth is that strategic storage of kitchen items can add up to HOURS of time saved in food preparation and cleanup.
Let’s start today with storage near the dishwasher. (By the way, don’t you love it when you hear a man laugh and point to his wife and say “there’s my dishwasher …”?)
When unloading clean stuff from the dishwasher, I like to follow what I call the “one-reach rule.” The items that get used the most (in my case, cups, glasses and flatware) go in the cabinets that are only one reach away from the dishwasher.
Exhibit B: My flatware is located in a drawer in the center island. Again, it is only one reach away from the dishwasher. Bonus tip: Keep dirty spoons, forks and knives together in their respective dishwasher compartments. Then you can just grab the whole bunch at once and put them away.
I keep my dishcloths and towels in the drawers to the right of the sink (yes, I realize this is not rocket science).
This space in my center island works perfectly for keeping the others out of sight. There is an outlet on the island, so I can just set these appliances on the counter top above and plug them in. When I’m done using them, I can swing around – following the “one-reach rule” – and clean them at the sink, then immediately put them away.
Pots and pans go in the cabinet closest to the range and oven.
Well, that pretty much wraps up today’s mini lesson on kitchen organization. There is a lot more we can cover regarding this topic, so I’ll be cooking up (sorry, I couldn’t resist) some more great ideas for future posts.
In the meantime, check out this grocery list I created.
As soon as we realize we’re out of something, we jot it down on the list. I keep about 10 copies attached to the fridge. Any time I go to the grocery store, I take the top list with me. THIS WORKS SO WELL FOR OUR FAMILY! We rarely run out of something we need. The categories are organized according to our local supermarket’s aisles.
Click the link below to download a FREE copy of my list.
Ciao for now.
I’m linking this up to Jen’s Top Kitchen Tips.