Thanksgiving is approaching, and one thing I like to do before the big day is getting my kitchen cleaned and my fridge organized. Since you’ll be in the kitchen cooking up a fantastic meal, it’s a good idea to clean out your fridge to make room for all those delicious leftovers you’ll have. You may believe that it’s a simple job to arrange a cooking area. However, it can be frustrating to do tasks in the kitchen if you’re not organized. Therefore, use these essential steps and routines and work smarter, not harder, in your kitchen. This post is all about the essential steps to organize your kitchen.
Tackle The Fridge
Have you taken a look in your fridge recently? Your mother-in-law’s meatloaf surprise began measuring up to its name two weeks back. Month-old leftovers are now prospects for your kid’s science project.
Don’t let your food spoil behind the milk or juice! Instead, use these tips to save time, space, and wasted food.
Take your garbage can, place it alongside your fridge and purge it of all spoiled food. Try to find tin foil sculptures and anything that wasn’t green BEFORE you bought it. And keep repeating, ‘When in doubt, throw it out.’
Make it Shine!
Use some of your elbow juice and give those racks, drawers, and crisper a good cleaning. It’s not easy to arrange jars and containers if they stick to the shelf … clean one shelf at a time, beginning with the top one. All crumbs, fluid, as well as unidentifiable objects that don’t make it right into your paper towel, will undoubtedly arrive at the shelf below, which you’ll be cleaning up next. Once you’re done cleaning the last or bottom shelf/drawer, continue with the door until you’re all done.
Group similar foods with each other. For example, place beverages on one shelf, small treats in a drawer, and fruits/veggies/salad products in the crisper, so you’re not constantly hunting down the food you want/need. This saves you time as well as makes retrieving food for mealtime a less taxing job.
Tallest to Smallest
It’s less complicated to find food and drinks if you put all large/tall containers towards the back of the fridge and smaller ones in the front. For example, you’ll never see that container of yogurt if it’s behind a family-sized jar of pasta sauce.
You want to keep a drawer or container specifically for all your cheesy items. Cheese slices, string cheese, shredded cheese, cream cheese, and whatnot, should go in this container instead of having that flat package of Swiss cheese stammering atop a container or having the shredded mozzarella accidentally flattened by the side of beef, all the cheeses ‘live’ with each other in one plastic container. It’s an excellent place for your family to discover what new items are in there and whether you’re running low. It’s the best solution if you have tiny, like items drifting around your fridge. You can also load containers up with your kid’s snacks, juice boxes, pudding, or other refrigerator snacks. This makes ‘little fingers’ from searching the racks, and you can regulate what enters their ‘snack box.’
Whether they hold groupings of food or greasy leftovers, your containers must work for you and not against you. Consider investing some of your hard-earned money in high-quality containers. Covers are less likely to get stuck or fly off. You don’t want to spend your time cleaning the flooring or getting rid of discolorations from your t-shirt since your container failed to do its task. Pick clear or transparent containers– they allow you to see what’s within– no surprises!
A place for everything and everything in its place
Keep your fridge arranged by attempting to return food and drinks to the spot you’ve created for it. When you come back from the supermarket, it will undoubtedly cost you valuable mins of meal planning and preparation time if you throw your groceries in the fridge without organizing them. You may think it saves you time by just throwing everything in there, but in the long run, it’ll cost you.
To maintain it tidy and uncluttered, purge your fridge as part of your once-a-week routine. I like to do this the night before the trash is picked up. That way, you don’t have smelly old rotten food sitting in the garbage can for days. These are just some essential steps to organize your kitchen, and with patience, determination, and these handy dandy tips, your refrigerator can become organized and functional.
Kitchen Organizing Tips
1. Keep your kitchen area clean so it functions efficiently and doesn’t consume tasks before cooking. Take any items that you won’t be using and store them in a place where you can locate them when you’re ready to use them.
2. If medicines, spices, or food have met their expiration dates, throw them out.
3. Store kitchen tools, pots, and frying pans in an area close to the stove. You can keep all your cooking items together and put them away to have even more room for cooking, especially if you have a small kitchen.
For large items and cooking tools that you rarely use, you may want to keep them in a cabinet or a storage container. For example, I like to keep baking dishes and utensils in a bin in the garage when I’m not using them.
Keep the silverware and dishes close to your eating area. It’ll make it easy to get when you’re ready to eat or set the table for dinner parties. There are also silverware and dish organizers you can place in drawers and cupboards to keep things organized.
6. You want to make sure to keep things such as knives, cleaning chemicals, and alcohol out of reach from your kids. Please keep them in places where they can’t reach them, and teach your kiddos about kitchen tool safety.
7. Try to clean your fridge inside and out every few months. If you see mysterious foods, throw them out, don’t think twice about them.
8. Having a bulletin board or using the refrigerator to stick or hang reminders or schedules works excellent. These can help you stay organized and help you remember important dates or foods to buy.
9. Always remember when you’re done in the kitchen; double-check and turn off everything you used with electrical energy or gas. Again, the key to an organized cooking area is upkeep.
Hopefully, these essential steps to organize your kitchen will help keep your kitchen area tidy and clean for all those great meals that come out of it. Keeping it organized will make your life a little sweeter, especially around the holidays. There’s a method to the madness! 😉
Last Updated on 08/19/21 by Darlingdew Lifestyle Staff