Put on the Apron, Turn on the Oven, and let the Cooking Begin

The kitchen is a place you spend a lot of time so it is important to have it run efficiently.

  • Arrange your pantry so ‘like items’ are together.  Put the items you use the most in the front and at eye level.  Do not cram items into a pantry so full that they are soon lost and forgotten.  Create an overflow shelf for food items in the basement or another closet in your house.
  • Put dishes and silverware you frequently use close to the dishwasher and sink.
  • Store pots and pans near the stove.
  • Use a basket to contain temporary extra food items such as holiday candy, left over snacks from a party, a food item gift.  Put the basket on top of your refrigerator or in the corner of a counter.
  • The kitchen is one area of your home that will require routine clutter removal and maintenance cleaning.  You are dealing with food items that make messes.  You continually need to find a home for new food items that enter your kitchen.  It is much easier to find a home for items in other rooms of your house because you are not dealing with  consumables.  Therefore you will need to regularly reorganize your pantry and refrigerator.
  • Do not overcrowd you kitchen with unnecessary furniture.  Make sure you place your table, chairs, and other furniture in a location that will not block the flow of traffic.
  • Minimize the amount of items you keep on your counter.  It not only adds to clutter but it makes cleaning the counter more difficult because you have to move items.
    curtains that are easy to launder because of grease and food particles.
  • Each day use a damp cloth to wipe counters, sink, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and table.   Daily touch up cleaning will avoid hours of scrubbing to remove dried food.
  • Do not allow the kitchen to be a ‘paper’ collection station.’  The kitchen counter should not become the home to junk mail, work papers, magazines, bills, and letters.  You need your clear counters to perform your kitchen duties.  A better alternative would be a flat wicker basket in the family room to temporarily house these papers.

Focus on maintaining a clutter free kitchen so you will be enjoy preparing your family meals in a pleasant atmosphere.

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