How an Organised Kitchen Can Make Your Life Easier
Have you ever opened your fridge to prepare a healthy wholesome meal and you can’t find the fresh veggies you bought a few days ago? This is where your “green veggie day” becomes a cheat day, right? Having everything set out neatly makes preparing healthy meals a breeze. Using a vacuum sealer machine can also assist to keep your veggies fresh and make cheat days a thing of the past.
Diets are seen as a quick fix to losing weight but following a healthy eating plan is much more sustainable. Eating clean should be a complete lifestyle change though. Of course, giving up your favourite junk food isn’t always easy, and a messy kitchen can make it even worse.
Take Back Your Kitchen
After a long day at work a hearty home-cooked meal is something most of us look forward to, right? But having to look for everything because nothing is where it’s meant to be can put you off when cooking. Let’s look at some ways of planning your meals and organising your kitchen to make your life easier & cooking fun again:
- Create a timetable: Having a timetable helps you to plan your meals better. If you plan what you’re eating in advance, you’ll know exactly what ingredients to get. Having a theme around your day-to-day meals can also make it fun. Why not introduce your family to left-over Mondays or green veggie Tuesdays? Packing meals into containers or vacuum sealer bags neatly in the fridge can take the hassle out of cooking every day.
- Divide your drawers: Maintaining a neat, organised drawer helps you find cutlery quicker. Spoons, forks and knives are all stored in the same place but neatly arranged with a draw divider. Draw dividers come in all sorts of colours and textures & they’re quite affordably priced.
- Sorting: Store the same complementary items together, it will save you a lot of time. Baking supplies should be stored together and close to your baking equipment. Pots and pans go together & having a specific cupboard for them makes it easy to find everything. You get the idea, right?
- Let go: Every kitchen can do with a “clearance sale” once in a while. The most organised kitchen is the one with less clutter. Containers without lids, cracked glasses or chipped crockery should be discarded. Let them go, it will clear up space for new and interesting items in your kitchen.
- Double up on space: If space is limited in your kitchen, try hacks such as putting extra spoons in a mixing bowl or large mugs. This way you can still keep the items you need but have them neatly arranged.
Small Kitchen? No Problem
Having a small kitchen should not deter you from getting your space organised. Any small space can be made beautiful, organised & useful. Try these DIY techniques to keep everything in its place.
Struggling to let go of your granny’s beloved rolling pins? There’s a way around it if your space is limited. Use an empty wall space in the kitchen and mount some extra shelves for all your baking utensils, small pans & other auxiliary items.
Tension rods are the latest craze in kitchen essentials. These tension rods can also work throughout the house not solely in the kitchen. Place a tension rod inside your cupboard wall-to-wall. You can hang your spray bottles and any other cleaning supplies on them. Slide your paper towels inside the rods which will make them easy to access.
Spice racks are super useful and a convenient way to store all your favourite spices. You can either opt for a swivel spice rack which is aesthetically pleasing enough to be left on your counter. Or you can mount it against the wall in a wooden box. Adding labels to each spice also helps with identifying the different spices quicker.
How Many Plates do you Really Need?
Most people have more cups and plates than they’ll ever need in this lifetime. Why have 12 plates out, when you never use more than four every day? Keep only a small number of plates and cups out for everyday use & put the rest in storage.
The kitchen can be one of two things, your favourite place or your worst nightmare. Keeping it tidy and organised can help make the time spent there more pleasant. Cleaning any mess immediately when it happens avoids harmful bacteria and germs sitting on your counters or floors.
Remember, you’re working with food in the kitchen so good hygiene practices are crucial. Implementing these helpful tips will not only free up some space in your kitchen but will also free up some of your time because you don’t have to frantically look for everything anymore.
Enjoy the serenity that comes with an organised kitchen and share some of your favourite tips on keeping your kitchen tidy. How do you keep your kitchen neat and tidy? We would love to hear from you.