Covid-19 has been devastating for families all across our nation. Like many others, Durham has been on house arrest for some time now. Everyone is trying to manage their time wisely and stay busy the best way we know how. We wanted to share some ideas on how to get busy being productive around the house! The kitchen is an area of your home that is used most often. What better place to start than an organized kitchen!
Our mission is to tangibly improve the lives of our customers & employees. If your kitchen were more organized and simple to use, wouldn’t your life would feel easier? Here are some tips that we believe would help make your life a bit easier.
Tip #1: Empty Out the Cabinets
Pull everything out of each cabinet. Discard anything that is not frequently used, duplicate items, broken items or things you forgot you had. Do this with each cabinet and drawer, setting up separate areas on the floor for each grouping. Be ruthless. Most kitchens are short on storage space, the goal is to only have things you love and use at the end of this process.
Tip #2: Organize the Put Back
It is now time to group items together. Sort all your baking items and cooking items, those pieces should be kept in the cabinets close to where you do food preparation. Utensils should be in the drawer nearest to the prep area for easy access. Glassware might be best near the sink or refrigerator. Make a coffee or tea station that includes sugar, mugs and filters, and place it near the water source. This way you avoid going back and forth across the kitchen just to make your morning beverage. Discard any plastic containers without lids, and store the remaining containers either with the lids on them or stacked together with the lids in the top one. Finally, you will want to group the dishes you eat from, glassware, holiday or other seasonal items that only get used once or twice a year all together.
Tip #3: Use Containers to Store Items
Use baskets or containers to streamline the inside your cabinets. Group together things like packets of sauce mixes, gravy mixes, hot cereal packets and hot cocoa envelopes, then put them into small plastic containers to avoid them being scattered all over the cabinet. In addition to baskets, you could even use shoeboxes to store food that is in tiny boxes such as taco seasoning or pudding mix.
Tip #4: Keep the Countertops Clear
No matter the style of the kitchen, from modern, traditional, or farmhouse, we know that keeping your countertops clear of clutter immediately makes it feel brighter, cleaner, and more welcoming. Find a drawer to store the take out menus, the mail, the extra batteries etc. and don’t let them find their way back to your counters. If you invest the time and energy into de-cluttering and organizing your kitchen, it is an investment that will pay off in happiness for years to come.