Organizing kitchen equipment isn’t rocket science. With a little common sense and a few practical techniques, you can transform your kitchen into a streamlined machine. Below, we’ve outlined 5 essential tips for upgrading your kitchen, without spending a lot of money.
1. Embrace Plastic Containers: Using Tupperware for leftovers is smart, but when it comes to organizing your pantry, plastic kitchen organizers allow you to see exactly how much you have of a particular ingredient. You can arrange all of your dried foodstuff (such as flour, sugar, and cereal) into separate containers, and then place them all on one shelf. Likewise, any small packets of sauce or spices can be grouped into one container, so they aren’t strewn around the pantry.
2. Only Keep What’s Useful: Every few months, you should go through the pantry and every cabinet, looking for any spoiled or unwanted food. Throw out the inedible items, and then donate the rest to a food bank or charity. Don’t feel bad about getting rid of food that you will never eat. It’s more important to have a clean, efficient kitchen with enough storage space for goods that you’re excited to cook with.
3. Hang Your Kitchenware: A few simple hooks placed under the stove and over the center island can help consolidate your pots, pans, and miscellaneous gadgets. Suddenly, you’ll have more space in your cabinets for plates, mugs, dried food, and small kitchen tools that usually get crammed into one drawer. Every kitchen has a unique layout, so use your best judgment to determine where the hooks should go. If you have available wall space, it might make more sense to hang your large kitchenware there, instead of using a ceiling rack.
4. Use a Whiteboard: Hanging a whiteboard on or near your fridge will make your kitchen experience much more organized. You can use this blank canvas to scribble an impromptu shopping list, remind yourself to use certain foods before they go bad, and write down recipe ideas as they come to you. When you’ve completed a task, simply erase that section of the board.
5. Lazy Susan is Your Friend: Not all kitchen equipment costs an arm and a leg. Typically, a lazy Susan is used at a large dining room table to allow easy access to dishes and condiments, no matter where you’re seated. This rotating tray also works well in a cabinet or pantry, especially when you’re organizing spices and oils. Place one in your fridge for condiment jars, one in your pantry for spices, and one in a cabinet for health supplements and medication. Give these kitchen organizers a spin.