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10 Steps to Organize Your Kitchen

A kitchen usually acts as the hub of a home.  Many kitchens are used not only for preparing, cooking and cleaning up meals, but also for paying bills, doing homework, entertaining, snacking and more.  To organize your kitchen, break the task up into the following ten components:

1.  Countertops:  Remove everything from your countertops.  Wipe off the counters.  Replace only the items you use every day.

2.  Refrigerator/Freezer:  Take everything out.  Clean the inside.  Assign a shelf to leftovers.  Keep beverages together.  Put condiments together.

3.  Under the Sink:  Clean it out.  Consider adding a shelf.  Put back only dish detergent, scouring pads, trash bags and a few other necessities.

4.  Cooking Supplies:  This includes pots and pans and potholders.  Gather these items and store them near the stove.  Microwave cookware is the exception.  Store it near the microwave.


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5.  Baking Supplies:  Cookie sheets and muffin tins belong together near the oven.

6.  Preparation:  Store cutting boards, peelers and knives together near an island or food prep area.

7.  Clean Up:  Keep storage containers and wraps near the sink for easy after dinner clean up.  Store only a week's supply of containers, with lids on, for easy retrieval.  Keep a back up supply with your holiday decorations.

8.  Pantry/Food Storage:  Try to set up a pantry near your kitchen (closet, rolling cart, shelving unit) for food storage.  If that's not possible, keep similar food items stored together in the kitchen.

9.  Serving Pieces:  Store serving bowls, trays, cutlery and plates near the table.  Keep beverage glasses near the fridge or sink since you'll fill them before placing them on the table.

10.  Information Area:  Fill a folder with take-out menus, kitchen appliance manuals, important phone numbers and your meal planner.  Place it in a drawer or attach it to the inside of a cabinet.

It's important to remove from your kitchen any item(s) you don't use regularly.  Consider storing holidays cooking items with holiday decorations.  Sort through cooking utensils and get rid of duplicates.  It's easy to organize a kitchen once you understand the ten basic parts.

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Tips of the Month

  Take a minute today to plan, especially if you're a last-minute kind of person.  Start by planning for next week.  Then, expand your planning to next month.  Start small.  You'll enjoy the benefits so much you may start planning a quarter at a time.  It will certainly make your life easier.

  Take two minutes at the end of each day to pick up clutter in both your home and office.  Put the items away.  You're on your way to a more organized life.

  Keep track of all the money you spend today and tomorrow.  You'll find yourself spending less.

  Keep a tote of projects you need to work on, things you need to do.  Carry it with you while running errands and chauffering kids.   It's like carrying your in box with you all the time. 

  Sit down with your family in April and plan out your summer if you haven't already done so.  Do you know how you always talk about going to the local science center but never quite have time to do it?  Schedule it for a specific day this summer.  Put someone in charge of research and buying tickets.  Do it today!

  Choose a day this month to clean out a closet.  It's the easiest "room" to declutter.  Learn more by clicking here now.

  Get rid of some of your stuff.  You'll have more time to enjoy the people in your life.

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